Locals tend to think of Manoa as Oahu’s college town. In addition to the University of Hawaii, other Manoa schools include St. Francis and the Mid-Pacific Institute. Manoa also has a host of history, culture and numerous dining options. The Manoa Heritage Center offer tours on the cultural history of Manoa Valley, Native Hawaiian cultural practices, and uses and origins of native plants. The Manoa Valley Theatre is one of the most celebrated theaters in Honolulu. Now in its 42nd consecutive season, Manoa Valley Theatre was founded by a group of graduate students from the Theatre Department at the University of Hawaii with a focus on contemporary mainstream Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Just down the road from Manoa Valley Theatre is Manoa Marketplace, the main retail and dining area of the community. There are a variety of restaurants, shops, a farmers market, post office, bakeries, post office and plenty of outdoor seating.
Located just east of Manoa and Makiki and inland from Diamond Head is the community of Kaimuki. Considered to be one of Honolulu’s oldest neighborhoods, Kaimuki continues to be a thriving area filled with an eclectic mix of shops and dining establishments many of which are located on the main street of Waialae Avenue. One of Hawaii’s most famous musicians, Israel Kamakawiwoole, was raised in Kaimuki. Kaimuki is also home to several private schools including Saint Louis School for boys, Sacred Hearts Academy for girls, and St. Patrick’s School, which is co-ed. Chaminade University, the only Catholic university in Hawaii, is also located in Kaimuki. Third Fridays Kaimuki is a monthly event where Kaimuki merchants and businesses come together to celebrate all the great things that the community has to offer! A short drive away from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, the historic neighborhood of Kaimuki has a unique character and its prime location makes it an ideal place to live, work and play.