Manoa Real Estate

    Living in Manoa

    About 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).

    Panoramic View of Manoa Valley

    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.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

    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.

    Manoa Elementary School in Honolulu, HI

    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.

    Mid Pacific Institute in Honolulu, HI

    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.

    St Francis School in Honolulu, HI

    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.

    Manoa Marketplace in Honolulu, HI