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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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Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:26:15 -0800

As a descendant of the Kamawaelualani/Kahikilaulani ohana of the sacred ahupuaa of Moanalua, its guardians since time immemorial, and as konohiki of Moanalua Valley, it is my kuleana to do all I can to protect it. As such, I am writing to join ...
Hawaii News Now
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:49:33 -0800

The Radford Rams clinched the medium division title, and the Moanalua Menehunes took the large division title at the Zippy's Hawaii High School Athletic Association Cheerleading State Championships at the Neal Blaisdell Center Arena on Saturday.


Hawaii News Now
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:24:47 -0800

All lanes of Moanalua Road in Aiea have been reopened Wednesday after a car hit a utility pole, according to Honolulu police. Police earlier blocked two westbound lanes and an eastbound lane between Pono and Hekaha Streets. Police said the incident, ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:26:15 -0800

Moanalua High volleyball player Austin Matautia can touch a height of 11 feet, 5 inches off a three-step approach. Matautia's leap of faith in the University of Hawaii volleyball program is equally impressive. Login for more... SUBSCRIBER LOGIN: Email.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:26:15 -0800

Moanalua captured the Oahu Interscholastic Association cheerleading championship on Saturday at the Kalani High gym. Na Menehune scored 356.75 points to edge second-place Radford (351.25) and third-place Kaiser (350.50) for their first title since ...
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 03:26:15 -0800

Of the 30 teams that performed at the Blaisdell, the best was truly saved for last, as Na Menehune and the Rams were the last two teams to compete. Moanalua picked up the large division championship (12 members or more), while Radford won the medium ...


Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:09:14 -0700

The deputy sheriff was not on duty at the time, however, his uniform badge, ID card, airport ID badge and a uniform shirt were reportedly in the trunk of the car. Officials say no firearms were inside the vehicle. According to the Hawaii Department of ...


Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:11:54 -0700

This Wednesday the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) girls' Division I and II volleyball tournaments will hit gyms across Oahu. In Division I, the top seeds are ILH champion (1) Iolani, and OIA champ (2) Moanalua. With a first round bye ...

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