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Take a Look Inside of More Than 60 Historic Mānoa Homes on This Walking Tour

Check out the historic homes in Mānoa on Saturday, June 11.


Photo: Linda Legrande


Every two years, at least eight owners of of Mānoa’s historic homes open their doors to let us, the niele neighbors, in. If you live in or drive into Mānoa regularly, surely you have a favorite. We love the LeGrande house on Mohala Way, which was built in 1926 as a home for a school teacher, and, sure enough, it’s on the list for Saturday, June 11.


The self-guided walking tour got its start in 1996. Mālama Mānoa saw that the neighborhood was changing as more and more old homes were being torn down. The community members at Mālama Mānoa felt that opening the homes up to the public could bring about a better appreciation of their importance and of the value the homes add to Mānoa. Their character is what makes Mānoa so charming. Mālama Mānoa provides a map and description of the homes, and then you’re left to your own devices. See as many or as few as you like before noon, when the homes close. 


Linda LeGrande, a Mānoa resident and board member for Mālama Mānoa, is the event chair. She says, “I think everyone is fascinated by the intrigue of the interior of the homes. You drive by and wonder, what’s behind those closed doors? We are so fortunate to have such a rich architectural diversity in Mānoa and homeowners who share a love of preservation.”


The walking tour takes participants on a two-mile route through the College Hills area of Mānoa, located just mauka of Punahou and University of Hawai‘i. Along the way, you’ll see more than 60 historic homes, most of which were built in the 1920s and 1930s, and many of which were designed by known local architects. Docents at many of the open homes have a connection to the place and will share not only facts, but their memories and stories, as well.


Check-in takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Kamanele Park, located at University Avenue and Ka‘ala Street, near the entrance to Mid-Pacific School. Bring your umbrella–the tour goes on rain or shine, and it is Mānoa, after all. Limited parking is available at the school, carpooling is encouraged. Registration costs $40 and check-in closes at 10:30 a.m. For more information, you can reach LeGrande at malamamanoa12@gmail.com. You can register online here, or click here to download a printable registration form to mail with check.




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