In this exhibit, we will present information about the site as well as a brief insight into the pilot visit to the Mānoa Heritage Center. This site 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.