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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

Lyon Arboretum
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.

Manoa Falls
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

Waioli Chapel
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

University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: 808-956-8111

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 Tantalus.

Manoa: The Story of a Valley Book
This history of the Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, told by a group of Manoa residents.
-Description: Manoa: The Story of a Valley (Book)
-Where to Buy: Amazon.com



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.

See also:
- Other Valleys on Oahu
- Valleys on Other Islands



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