Mānoa Heritage Center

In the uplands of Honolulu, Mānoa Heritage Center invites you to step back in time and explore our living connections to Hawai‘i’s past.

Kūka‘ō‘ō stands as the last intact walled heiau in the greater ahupua‘a (land division) of Waikīkī. Believed to have been built by Menehune, the heiau is interpreted today as an ancient agricultural temple.

Surrounding the heiau are Native Hawaiian gardens that feature an extraordinary collection of rare and endangered species, as well as plants introduced by Polynesian settlers. Our site also tells the story of Mānoa Valley, once a rich agricultural area that Hawaiians farmed for centuries. Foreign contact brought many changes to the area including immigrant resident farmers from various ethnic groups. Today, Mānoa is known as one of the most desirable residential areas in Hawai‘i and its strong sense of place endures.

Admission (tours are by reservation only)
  • Adult $20
  • Hawai‘i Resident (with ID) $10
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Members (with ID) $10
  • Arrive by bicycle for 50% off admission rate
  • Hawai‘i Educators (with ID) and Students under 18 FREE

Getting Here

By car

  • From H1 West-bound: Take the Wilder Avenue exit. Turn right onto Punahou Sreet.
  • From H1 East-bound: Take the Punahou Street exit.
  • Travel into Mānoa Valley towards the mountains on Punahou Street. Punahou Street becomes MĀNOA ROAD. Watch for the split in the road. Stay to the right which is EAST MĀNOA ROAD. Drive on East Mānoa Road until you get to O‘AHU AVENUE. Turn left on O‘ahu Avenue. 2856 O‘ahu Avenue will be on the left.

By bus