It seemed to me that no one else in the club even noticed the
monkeys running back and forth excitedly behind a glass wall
apparently built to protect them from harm by humans. But I
couldnt help thinking, what about the monkeys rights
to be in an humane environment?
The Hawaiian Humane Society, under contract with the City and
County of Honolulu, enforces the laws for the prevention of
cruelty of animals. So what is The Humane Society doing about
the monkeys at Blue Tropics?
Eve Holt, community relations director for the Society, said
that while HHS feels it is inappropriate to use monkeys as entertainment
in a bar setting, the Society conducted several investigations
with a complete look at the animals environment: food,
shelter, and water. No violations were found under the
The owner of Blue Tropics, Darren Tsuchiya, said, The
monkeys came here from a private zoo in Arizona. They were not
being fed and their skins were breaking down with sores. Their
fur was brown instead of its natural bright yellow-green.
Tsuchiya has faced a lot of controversy about the monkeys,
but insisted, 99 out of 100 people like the monkeys and
say they are cute. We saved their lives, and people want to
Despite all the controversy, Tsuchiya believes his monkeys are
healthy and happy. Blue Tropics is a licensed facility
and is not breaking the law.
Anyone who wants to file a complaint against any mistreated
or abandoned animals can contact The Hawaiian Humane Society