Good Kids Plan Ahead! Visit Manoa on Mom's Day

Good Kids Plan Ahead! Visit Manoa on Mom's Day

Looking to do something unique and off-the-beaten path this year for Mother's Day? Heard about the various New England cities and towns that open up the doors to historic homes on special occasions? Then consider a jaunt through O'ahu's Manoa Valley on Sunday, May 10th, where some of the islands best architecture will be on display to the public. It's certain to be an unforgettable experience—especially for those who bring their mothers along.

The "Malama o Manoa" 1-mile stroll through the Pu'u Pueo (Owl's Hill) neighborhood of Manoa kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until noon. (Organizers want people to know that "Rainbows or Shine" the event will take place.) The walk will include visits to more than 20 significant homes, six of which are on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. Eight of the homes will offer interior tours with docents who will talk about the original architects, as well as share historical facts and anecdotes.

For those not in-the-know: Manoa is teeming with legends of avenging spirits, owl-deities and was a central battle ground for the mischievous menehune. It also happened to be the first area that Territorial Era architects sowed homes for the elite of Hawai'i. The homes you can visit during Malama o Manoa include works by architects like Miles Gray, Robert G. Miller, Mark Potter, Hart Wood and Emory & Webb—all of whom have been credited as leading designers in their day.

To register for the tour, you can call and reserve space by phone, or mail a check. The cost is $25 per person. (Funds from the event will go towards the betterment of the Manoa community, including stream cleaning and tree planting.)

Call 808 947-7400 or email mohalaway@hawaii.rr.com for reservations.

Manoa is teeming with legends of avenging spirits, owl-deities and was a central battle ground for the mischievous menehune.