With a name that means thick, solid, vast, depth or thickness in the Hawaiian language, Manoa is both a valley and a residential neighborhood located three miles east and inland from Downtown Honolulu and less than a mile from Waikiki.

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About Manoa

Manoa consists of an entire valley stretching from Manoa Falls at the mauka end all the way to King Street. The neighborhood is bordered by the Ko’olau mountain range to the north and the H-1 Freeway to the south. Saint Louis Heights is located to the east while Tantalus is situated immediately west of the valley. The Manoa neighborhood is set within four distinct areas: Lower Manoa, Manoa Area, Upper Manoa and Woodlawn. Lower Manoa is located at the entrance to the valley and includes properties north of Wilder Avenue and Metcalf Street. Manoa Area, which is characterized by its tree-lined streets and gentle slopes, is the central and main section. Upper Manoa consists of the lush green back portion of the valley, while Woodlawn is the northeast back portion of the valley and includes properties east of East Manoa Road and Kahaloa Drive. Homes in Manoa tend to have a charming Asian flair that reflects the area’s early Chinese and Japanese immigrants, who first settled in the area in the 1920s. As such, Manoa offers more vintage, classical colonial and plantation style home designs than most areas in Honolulu. Due to the regular rain that the area receives, Manoa is rich in vegetation while still maintaining dry valley walls. As a result of the regular rainfall, rainbows are a common sight in Manoa. Homes within Manoa consist primarily of either private houses built prior to the 1960s or low-rise condominiums. In addition to being the location of the first sugarcane and coffee plantations on the Hawaiian Islands, Manoa is also associated with a number of Hawaiian legends

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Living in Manoa Homes

Established around the academic centers of the University of Hawaii and Punahou School, the close-knit community of Manoa is characterized by its historic Hawaiian homes and natural beauty. The central shopping area of Manoa Marketplace features a farmer’s market as well as a variety of restaurants, a bakery, banks, a grocery store and more. The centrally-located Manoa Valley District Park is frequently used by school sports teams for practices and competitions, with its facilities also being available for public use. Manoa stream and Manoa Falls also offer abundant natural beauty and additional opportunities for recreation.

Manoa Real Estate

Manoa is home to approximately 1,000 homes, with the majority being located in the Manoa Area section. With its dramatic mountain backdrop, this part of the neighborhood takes up approximately 2/3 of the valley. The area runs along and in between Manoa Road and University Avenue. Properties located toward the center of the valley are mainly situated on level lots. Those that are located along the sides and the back of the valley tend to be built on sloped land with elevations offering views of the Waikiki Skyline.

Around Manoa

Boasting lush vegetation created by the nearly daily rains, Manoa is a tropical paradise offering modern conveniences and numerous opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation.


Manoa Sales Data

Homes in Manoa typically range in price from $800,000 to $5 million with lot sizes measuring 5,000 to 15,000 square feet. The median price of a home is $1.2 million.

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Neighborhood Demographics & Stats

With its private schools and university, the quaint neighborhood of Manoa is a popular choice for families as well as academics. With its convenience, charm and competitive prices, homes in Manoa are among the most desirable on the island.

Population by Age Level. Median Age 36.75. Households: 6,308.

In Thousand of Dollars. (Median Income: $85,691 )

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Manoa Schools & Education

Public & Private Institutions Of Learning

Residents of Manoa are served by Manoa and Noelani elementary schools. Other schools serving the neighborhood include Punahou School, Saint Francis School and Mid-Pacific Institute. It is also home to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System.

Avg School Rating 4.3 / 5

Where To Drink, Dine, Shop, Relax & Recline

The central shopping area of Manoa Marketplace offers a farmer’s market several days of the week, while Manoa Valley District Park offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, a gymnasium and green lawns.

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