HONOLULU (KHON2) - There's something new at the Honolulu Zoo.
We're not talking about an animal but a refurbished keiki barn.
Kids from Jefferson Elementary School were part of the blessing ceremony Thursday.
Inside you can see that the barn has a variety of functions.
It will be used to house baby animals while providing education to children.
It will also be used as a shelter during emergencies.
"We didn't really have a facility to move the larger hoof stalk in the keiki zoo," said Honolulu Zoo director Linda Santos. "They would have to walk or get contained in one of the pastures so this allows us to utilize these pens and bring them in. We can shelter them more from the heavy elements like the wind and the rain."
It took a little more than $300,000 to refurbish the barn.
Meadow Gold provided the funding.