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Manoa town is one of my favorite places on earth! It's just a humble (though very expensive) little town but there's a wonderful feeling to it! It is tucked back in a valley surrounded by majestic, deep green mountains. Every afternoon it rains HARD for about a minute. The sun keeps on shining, creating a huge arched perfect rainbow. Then the rain stops just as suddenly as it came. Because of the rain the air is always fresh and new, and everything is green. Most places are green because there is drizzling rain all day long, but in Manoa the green is created in a very efficient and convenient way!
Manoa town is mostly populated by older Chinese residents. You will also see UH grad students, but the younger UH students stick to the congested areas around King Street.
If you're lucky enough to ever live in Manoa town you are blessed!
There aren't too many stores. There's a Safeway, a Starbucks, a Longs Drugs with a gorgeous mountain view, and Red Ginger Cafe (which I've unfortunately never tried) at Manoa Marketplace, the main shopping center.
There's a pretty creek that runs beside the McDonald's. It's a nice spot to take a walk.
A drive around Manoa will take you past old established neighborhoods with beautiful homes and gardens. Woodlawn Dr, Alani Dr and Paty Dr are good streets for a stroll. Drive up University Avenue and along East Manoa Rd, Oahu Avenue, and Manoa Rd to see truly stunning views of Manoa's mountain ridges, lush greenery, and homes you wish you owned! Many of the homes are historic Victorian and craftsman homes built in the 1920s and 30s. They have lovely bay windows, large eaves and balconies, and big shade trees in their yards. Walk along Beckwith St, McKinley St, and Lanihuli Dr for some good ones.
Just outside Manoa in Makiki, there are some very nice stores: Star Market, on King St just west of University Ave where King St splits, has a garden section that is so lovely it's like an outing in itself. There is also a peaceful banyan tree outside with a bench, a nice place to sit and enjoy a healthy snack from Down To Earth, which is across the street. Down To Earth Natural Foods has every kind of organic item you would need. Kokua Market on King St is a clean, easy-to-navigate natural grocery store. See addresses below.
There are two delightful parks with playgrounds in Manoa: the mystical feeling University Avenue Park and Manoa Valley Park, which is incredibly lush with gorgeous mountain views. Have a long wonderful walk around the campus of University of Hawaii Manoa and enjoy the old regal trees and the historical architecture. There you will find peaceful Japanese gardens. You could also take a muddy slippery hike to the stunning Manoa Falls. For a walk in the jungle, head over to Lyon Arboretum.
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From the H1 Freeway, exit at University Ave and head north toward the mountains. Continue along University Ave, uphill then downhill. Turn right on E. Manoa Rd. Manoa Marketplace will be on your right.
These stores are nearby in Makiki:
Down To Earth Natural Foods, 2525 S King St, call (808) 947-7678.
Kokua Market, 2643 S King St, call (808) 941-1922.
Star Market, 2470 S King St, call (808) 535-1100.
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|You all should be going to manoa! It is so chill.|
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