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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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Maui News
Thu, 07 May 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Maui High loses to Moanalua. May 7, 2015. The Maui News. Save |. Tanner Inouye held Maui High School to one run over six innings as Moanalua beat the Sabers 5-1 in the first round of the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I Baseball State ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sat, 16 May 2015 04:26:15 -0700

Nothing seemed to be going right for the Kamehameha-Hawaii Warriors in the 24 hours entering a huge semifinal showdown at Moanalua. Five players, including outside hitter Emmett Enriques, were disciplined for breaking a team rule. When game time ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:26:15 -0700

Moanalua (13-0) will go after its fifth consecutive OIA title when it faces Waianae in Thursday's Division I championship, and no squad has ever strung together that many successive championships. The final will follow the 5:30 p.m. Division II ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Wed, 06 May 2015 04:37:17 -0700

And after she missed stepping on home plate, her hit wouldn't have gone down as a home run. But Lobitos returned to touch home, and her bases-clearing hit helped Leilehua beat host Moanalua 6-3 in the first round of the OIA softball playoffs on Tuesday.


Wed, 27 May 2015 12:52:30 -0700

The Plaza Assisted Living currently has 4 communities: Punchbowl, Mililani, Moanalua and Pearl City. Their 5th location will open in Waikiki this Fall. For more information, call (808) 377-5292 and choose the Plaza location of their choice, or they can ...
KITV Honolulu
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:37:01 -0700

with just minor cuts and abrasions after falling off a ridge along the Moanalua Valley Trail this morning. KITV4's Roger Mari has more on the popular hiking trail and how more people are finding out about it. 17:51 - 17:55 "I'VE DONE MORE PRAYING TODAY ...


Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:30:05 -0700

Moanalua Gardens will soon start charging admission to help offset maintenance and operational costs and help fund improvements to the park. Starting April 15, non-Hawaii residents will be charged $3 per person and residents and military personnel will ...
Wed, 27 May 2015 12:18:45 -0700

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