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Tripler Army Medical Center viewed from Moanalua Gardens at sunset

Moanalua is a valley, a stream, an ahupuaʻa, and a residential neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The valley extends inland from behind Āliapaʻakai crater (Salt Lake) to the crest of the Koʻolau Range.

Neighboring areas include Māpunapuna and Salt Lake on the south, Fort Shafter on the east, and Red Hill and Hālawa Valley on the west.

Moanalua is a part of the 15th District of the Hawaii Senate, currently represented by State Senator Glenn Wakai. It is also a part of the 32nd District of the Hawaii House of Representatives, currently represented by Linda Ichiyama.


The Moanalua neighborhood includes a portion that extends up Ala Aolani Street into the valley 21°22′0″N 157°53′36″W / 21.36667°N 157.89333°W / 21.36667; -157.89333Coordinates: 21°22′0″N 157°53′36″W / 21.36667°N 157.89333°W / 21.36667; -157.89333, and another part that extends eastward along the lower slopes of the interfluve (slopes between valleys) to Fort Shafter and into the small valley of Manaiki Stream. The latter part includes Tripler Army Medical Center above the neighborhood and Moanalua Gardens below it.


Samuel Mills Damon inherited the ahupuaʻa (uplands-to-sea tract) of Moanalua in 1884 from Ke Aliʻi, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, whose husband Charles Reed Bishop was a business partner of Damon. Before her, since the lands were won in battle by Kamehameha I they passed from a number of figures, then to Prince Lot Kapuāiwa (who became King Kamehameha V), and then to Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani after Kamehameha V's passing.[1]

Damon later became one of the first trustees of the Kamehameha Schools established by the Bishops. The Damon estate sold much of Moanalua to commercial and residential developers in 1956. Moanalua Elementary School was established in the area in 1884.[citation needed]


  • Wai'apuka, or Waipuka, is a series of three ponds which are a small part of Kamanaiki stream. It is a picturesque site, and the water comes from an underground artesian spring. There is also a heiau further beyond the ponds. It was once considered a bathing grounds for ali'i.
  • To get to the ponds there is a trail that takes about 15–30 minutes to hike located off of Onipa'a Street.
  • Excerpt from 'Sites of Oahu': "Up in the valley (Kamanaiki) are three streams called Wai-a-puka, seen with three pools; Pool one is a big one by its own hill side, pool two is a little smaller with its own hill side and pool three is still smaller. Your writer learned that this was where the chiefs bathed. The land before coming to it looked as though it was thickly populated for there were chiefs who ruled in this valley. This is proven by the stone walls that are still standing today (March 3, 1922)."
  • Excerpt from 'Place Names of Hawaii':

1. Kamana Nui - Moanalua Gardens (S. M. Damon Estate) The Western tributary of Moana-lua Valley, O'ahu. Lit., large Ka-mana

2. Kamana Iki - The eastern and smaller tributary of Moana-lua Valley, O'ahu. Lit., small Ka-mana.

3. Wai-puka - Pools near the mouth of Ka-mana Iki Valley, Moana-lua, O'ahu, where chiefs bathed after games and wrestling. Lit., issuing water.

Moanalua Gardens[edit]

Main article: Moanalua Gardens
One of many trees at Moanalua Gardens

Moanalua Gardens are inland from the Interstate H-201 which is known as the Moanalua Freeway, off Exit 3. One of its monkey pod trees is seen on Hitachi's Japanese TV commercials, and is occasionally referred to as Hitachi no ki (ja:日立の樹?, "Hitachi tree") in Japan.[2]

The gardens were a gift to the public from Damon and maintained by a trust since his death in 1924. It was one of Hawaiʻi's earliest public parks although has remained privately owned.


  1. ^ Mary Kawena Pukui; Samuel H. Elbert; Esther T. Mookini (1 January 1974). Place Names of Hawaii. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-0-8248-0524-1. 
  2. ^ "The Hitachi Tree on-line". web site. Hitachi, Ltd. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  • Gomes, Andrew. 2004. Moanalua Valley's future still unclear. Honolulu Advertiser. Monday, November 29, 2004.
  • Sterling, Elspeth P. 1978. 'Sites of Oahu'.

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Hawaii News Now
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:22:30 -0800

For an amateur golfer, qualifying for a tournament like the Sony Open is far from a gimme, to borrow a golf term. Last November, Moanalua High School student Shawn Lu bested nearly a dozen other golfers for a shot at teeing off in this year's Sony Open ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:31:39 -0800

Officially, Alan Akina is back in his position as Kahuku boys basketball head coach. Akina, however, was not in the gym for the Red Raiders' 55-39 Oahu Interscholastic Association first-round playoff victory over Waianae on Thursday night at Moanalua.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 03:26:15 -0800

The OIA girls soccer championship will stay out West. Pearl City beat Castle 2-0 and Mililani beat Moanalua 6-1 in the semifinals at Kapolei on Thursday night, setting up Saturday night's clash between the Chargers and Trojans. Read More ...


Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:56:15 -0800

There are several dog parks in the area, including Moanalua dog park at 2900 Moanalua Rd., Kamila dog park at 7250-7288 Ohana Nui Circle, Pearl City Peninsula dog park on Lehua Avenue, and Ford Island dog park at 1275 Saratoga Blvd. In addition, the ...


Wed, 09 Dec 2015 20:58:10 -0800

For a second straight season, the Aloha State will be represented in the College Football Playoff as Moanalua graduate and sophomore defensive tackle Scott Pagano and his Clemson Tigers this past weekend were selected as the top overall seed in the ...


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:26:21 -0700

Honolulu police have re-opened the eastbound lanes of Moanalua Road near Pearlridge Center after a pedestrian crash. The call came in at 6:44 p.m. near Ualo Street. According to Emergency Medical Services, a vehicle hit two 22-year-old women in a ...

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KITV Honolulu
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:48:45 -0700

On Friday, Attorney General Doug Chin announced that Claus Z. Hansen, owner of Affordable Casket and Moanalua Mortuary, pleaded guilty to seven counts of felony theft in state circuit court. Under a plea agreement, Hansen will serve 30 days in jail and ...

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:29:41 -0800

According to a Department of Education official, Farrington, Kaimuki, Kalani, Radford and Moanalua high schools; and Washington Middle School received the telephoned threats. Assets School, Maryknoll School and Damien Memorial School also received ...

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