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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 Princess 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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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:08 -0700

A woman caught on video in a road rage incident in Moanalua appeared in court Thursday for an arraignment and plea. Kimberly Ong entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of unauthorized entry into a vehicle. Last month, Ong said she was about to make a ...
Urban Oahu
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:11:15 -0700

Superheroes, princess, witches and goblins paraded through the halls of Moanalua Medical Center today, as pediatrics patients made the rounds to nearly every floor. The annual trick-or-treat event allows hospitalized keiki the opportunity to experience ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:39:11 -0700

Moanalua briefly celebrated its semifinal victory in its postgame huddle. Then coach Alan Cabanting told his girls to prepare themselves for the championship match. The third-ranked Na Menehune (13-0) want to win the title after losing in last year's ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 04:32:19 -0700

10 Kaiser withstood Moanalua's high-octane offense to claim its first Division I playoff win. It can expect more of the same next week trying to upset the OIA's No. 1 team. Login for more... SUBSCRIBER LOGIN: Email. Password. Forgot Password. Login or ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Moanalua outlasts Kahuku. By Nick Abramo. POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 02, 2014. ~~<p>The OIA East girls volleyball race was razor close before Wednesday night's first-place matchup, and nothing changed by the time it was over.</p> <p>No.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:49:51 -0700

Schools like Moanalua and Kaiser had dozens of kids from outside the neighborhood who switched schools and played football. Band was even higher at more than 70 a year, 80 a year, GE-ed musicians at Moanalua High. Taken together with football, ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

The Moanalua High School teacher had been through this before. When cancer first reared its head 13 years ago, she was 11, and after a long process that left heavy scarring on her knee, Rod was the victor over bone cancer. Login for more... SUBSCRIBER ...
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:30:00 -0700

A quick rundown of the Power Poll rankings for Division I and Division II teams. Cover 2 analyst and former Punahou running backs coach Brian Te'o looks into the future for (5) St. Louis as their 2014 season is now over. The Marquee matchup is has (3) ...

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