Home tothe first sugarcane and coffee plantations in the state, Manoa encompasses a whole valley on the island of Oahu. With copious amounts of rainfall, vegetation is lush and abundant in this part of the island, making it ideal for those who love nature. Today, it is a private neighborhood set amidst gorgeous greenery. Located roughly three miles east of Downtown Honolulu, it stretches from Manoa Falls to King Street.
Real estate at Manoa
As an affluent neighborhood, Manoa mainly offers single-family homes and low-rise condos. The majority of the housing stock was built before the 1960s though buyers will find newer construction homes on steeper areas of the valley wall near the neighboring community of Diamond Head. Some of the older homes in the neighborhood have also been renovated to include modern features. Prevalent architectural styles include Hawaiian Bungalow and Mid-Century Modern.
Things to see and do in Manoa
- University of Hawai’i at Manoa spans 320 acres in the Manoa Valley and has a student population of more than 19,000. It is a top-tier research university known for pioneering research on astronomy, oceanography, and Asia and Pacific studies.
- Manoa Marketplace is a shopping center with major retailers, restaurants, banks, and services.
- The Manoa Farmers Market is held weekly at the Manoa Marketplace and features local vendors selling fresh produce and homemade food products.
- Manoa Valley Theatre is a playhouse that stages live productions and acting workshops for the community audience.
- Manoa Falls is a local attraction featuring over 150 feet of cascading waters down the scenic mountainside.
- Manoa Falls Trail is a 1.7-mile trail that provides access to the Manoa Falls amidst gorgeous scenery.
- Lyon Arboretum is a 200-acre public botanical garden with over seven miles of nature trails and thousands of tropical and subtropical plants.