Welina Mānoa

Mānoa Heritage Center

Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau

The Mānoa Heritage Center is located in the beautiful valley of Mānoa. This site is filled with rich and vital information from the past that we may use for our future. The Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau, the main feature of Mānoa Heritage Center, survives as the last intact Hawaiian temple in the greater ahupua‘a of Waikīkī and remains an extraordinary link to the our kūpuna (ancestors). We will present more information and various moʻolelo (stories) about Mānoa Heritage Center. There are many different moʻolelo that are associated with the site and heiau.

The Mānoa Heritage Center is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1996, whose mission is to promote the thoughtful stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i. The historic site consists of Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau, a Native Hawaiian garden and the historic home Kūali‘i. The heiau and historic home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, only Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau and the Native Hawaiian garden are open to visitors. The center is committed to preserving and interpreting the heiau, the Native Hawaiian garden, the historic home and the natural and cultural history of Mānoa Valley for future generations. The center’s Board of Directors represents a broad cross section of professionals, and the center’s mission, vision and long range plans have been developed with the help of the community over several years. The center also has an advisory board of distinguished members of the Native Hawaiian community who establish protocol and guidelines for Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau.

Mānoa Heritage Center News:

November 2012 Hūlō, Hūlō!

Munroidendron is in bloom at the Mānoa Heritage Center…(the tree is located in the “white garden” near the menehune wall ) (Hawaiian name- pōkalakala) …Rare and endangered endemic tree from Kauaʻi.

Munroidendron racemosum is a 25 foot tall tree with a straight trunk and spreading branches. It has smooth, gray bark. The 12 inch long leaves are made up of many oval leaflets each of which is over 3 inches long. These trees drop most of their leaves during their summer blooming season. The small, pale yellow flowers hang in long, loose bunches. (Wagner 1990).

Habitat and Geographic Range:
Munroidendron racemosum is an extremely rare endangered endemic plant from Kaua’i. It grows in moist forests from 390 to 1,300 feet. It occurs naturally in only 3 locations on Kaua’i: Nounou Mountain, Nāpali cliffs, and Hā’upu Ridge near Nāwilili Bay. (Wagner 1990)

Mānoa Valley Ridgeline

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