Manoa Real Estate
Living in Manoa
Manoa is a valley and a residential neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii. The
neighborhood is approximately three miles east and inland from downtown Honolulu
and less than a mile from Ala Moana and Waikiki.
Similar to many Honolulu neighborhoods, Manoa consists of an entire valley, running
from Manoa Falls at the inland-most end of the valley to King Street.
The valley receives almost daily rain, even during the dry season, and is thus richly
vegetated – though the valley walls are often dry. Seeing rainbows in the valley is a
common occurrence, and is the source of the University of Hawaii at Manoa sports
team names, the Rainbow Warriors (for most men’s teams) and Rainbow Wahine
(for the women).
The neighborhood is composed of private houses built before the 1960s and low-rise
condominiums. Manoa is home to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the flagship
campus of the University of Hawaii System. The University has several faculty and
student residence areas in Manoa.
Colleges and Schools in Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa, founded in 1907, is the flagship campus of the
University of Hawaii System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from
across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Manoa’s unique research
opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and
beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and
universities, our students get a strong education at an affordable price.
Other educational institutions located in Manoa include Manoa Elementary School,
Noelani Elementary School, Punahou School, Mid-Pacific Institute, Saint Francis
School, and a handful of small, private pre-schools.
Manoa Elementary School is situated in the beautiful, majestic and historic Manoa
Valley. The lush school campus reflects the serenity and ambiance of the surrounding
environment. The geographic location is a highly desirable residential area with many
families establishing strong roots and cultural identity. The children of families often
return to Manoa to continue their family heritage. Manoa School was established as
one of the first English-speaking schools in Hawaii. Eighteen students attended when
the school was opened on October 11, 1854. Located in majestic and historic Manoa
Valley, the school today has grades Kindergarten to fifth. The word “Manoa” is a
contraction of “Moanoanoa” and means thick or solid, deep as a substance having
breadth and depth, like the valley itself. Over the past five years, the enrollment at
Manoa Elementary School has averaged about 600. While about 20 percent of the
students live outside of the geographical area, most have family roots in the valley.
The students come from varied socioeconomic status, a multi-ethnic community,
diverse family types, and residences of single-family dwellings.
Noelani Elementary School is a public school in Manoa, a neighborhood in Urban
Honolulu, Hawaii with a population of 21,891 people and a disproportionately large
percentage of college-aged and retirees. Manoa is ranked 1 out of 95 neighborhoods
in Hawaii for its quality of public education.
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school
community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for
life. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent
K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have
unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the
guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in
athletics and the arts, and an array of co- curricular opportunities offer an integrated,
21st-century education for the whole child.
Mid-Pacific Institute is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory school
for Preschool, Kindergarten and grades 1-12. Founded in 1908, it is considered one of
Hawaii’s most dynamic and forward-thinking schools. The school is recognized for
innovative educational, technological, and artistic programs including the
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the Mid-Pacific Exploratory Program (a
project-based approach to learning), the acclaimed Mid-Pacific School of the Arts, an
English Language Development program for the international students on campus,
and a cutting-edge Immersive Technology Program.
Saint Francis School: Established in 1924, the mission of Saint Francis School is to
provide a “Quality Catholic Education in a Spirit of Joy!” Away from the city in
beautiful Manoa valley, adjacent to the University of Hawai’i, the Christian atmosphere
and philosophy of the school is to provide a great moral and spiritual foundation for
its students. With its courtyards and open spaces, the quiet and beauty of the campus
provides an outstanding environment in which to study.
Shopping in Manoa
The central shopping area of Manoa is the Manoa Marketplace, which features a
farmer’s market several days of the week. The center is located in the beautiful
Manoa Valley, about 1 mile from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Manoa
Marketplace offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and medical and financial
services to serve your daily needs and for special occasions, including Safeway,
Longs Drug and McDonald’s.