Manoa Valley in Honolulu
The Manoa Valley was originally an agricultural
area, but beginning in the early 1900's,
it evolved into the mostly-residential area
it is today. Some of Honolulu's most
beautiful historic homes are located here, as well
some of Hawaii's most famous schools, including
the University of Hawaii, Punahou School, and the
Mid=Pacific Institute. The Manoa Valley is a lush and
beautiful area with rainforests, historic homes,
tropical gardens, streams, and hiking trails.
Attractions in the Manoa Valley
A 190 acre park and botanical garden owned by the University
of Hawaii at Manoa. The gardens are closed on weekends
and public holidays, but they are open on weekdays for
self-guided tours from 9 am to 4 pm. The Lyon Arboretum
was established in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters
Association to demonstrate the value of
watershed restoration, test tree species, and collect plants.
The garden became part of the UH system in 1953. Today
it has an extensive tropical plant collection.
Open from 9 am to 4 pm.
Information about the Manoa Waterfall in Honolulu,
including a description of the falls, where it
is located, how to drive there, the trail to
the falls, and potential dangers in that area.
Waioli Tea Room
The Waioli Tea Room was originally a classroom
at a children's home. Today it is a charming
restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, and
with 24 hours notice, a fancy afternoon tea.
The Waioli Tea Room is located at 2950 Manoa
Road in the Manoa Valley
This small church was built in 1939 and it is located
across the street from the Waioli Tea Room (below).
It is known for it's lava rock walls and stain glass
windows, the latter of which were created by a local
artist and added in the 1950's.
The chapel is often used for wedding ceremonies.
Manoa Valley Inn
A charming and historic bed and breakfast inn built in 1912
that is on the United States National Register
of Historic Places. Located at 2001 Vancouver Drive.
Manoa Valley Theatre
This theatre company was founded in 1969 by
a group of graduate students from the University
of Hawaii, and it was originally called the
Hawaii Performing Arts Company. From 1971 to
1987 the group performed in the 100-seat Manoa Valley
Chapel, and in 1987 the new 150 seat Manoa Valley Theatre
was built, and the group also changed it's name to
Manoa Valley Theatre. Located at 2833 East Manoa Road.
Trails in the Manoa Valley
-Aihualama Trail (1.3 mile)
-Kolowalu Trail (1 mile)
-Manoa Cliff Trail (2.3 miles)
-Manoa Falls Trail (.8 mile)
Manoa Chinese Cemetery
This 34 acre cemetery is the oldest and
largest Chinese cemetery in Hawaii. One of the
most famous people buried here is
Chang Apana, the famous Honolulu Police officer
who carried a whip instead of a gun, who was the
inspiration for the fictional Charlie Chan character.
Chang Apana was born in 1871 and he died December 8, 1933.
Find a Grave - Chang Apana
China Town Hawaii - Chang Apana;a>
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
More About the Manoa Valley
Malama O Manoa
Malama O Manoa is an organization formed in 1992 by a group
of Manoa Valley residents and friends to preserve and protect
historic buildings, natural resources, and sites related to
the history and natural development of the Manoa Valley.
HURT 100 Mile Trail Run
Annual off-road running event with a route
on trails in the Manoa Valley and on Mount
Manoa: The Story of a Valley
This history of the Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu
in Hawaii, told by a group of Manoa residents.
Manoa: The Story of a Valley (Book)
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Directions to the Manoa Valley from Waikiki
-Drive west on Alai Wai Boulevard
-Turn right on McCully Street
-Turn right on Metcalf Street
-Turn left on University Avenue
-The main streets in the Manoa Valley are
Oahu Avenue, Manoa Road, and East Manoa Road.
Round Top Drive has beautiful views of the
entire Manoa Valley.
Other Valleys on Oahu
Valleys on Other Islands
Oahu Island - Main Menu
The Islands of Hawaii
Hawaii for Visitors
Elsewhere on the Web
Lyon Arboretum - Flora History of the Manoa Valley
Honolulu Star Bulletin Article