Monoa (U of H)

Monoa (U of H)


Manoa, which means “vast,” lies in the valley above Waikiki. Past residential neighborhoods, it is home to the sprawling, 320 acre, flagship campus of the University of Hawaii. Former alumni include Robert Ballard, oceanographer, explorer of the wreck of the Titanic, class of 1966 and Daniel Inouye, U.S. Senator, class of 1950.

U.S. News and World Report ranking of Best Graduate Schools 2010 ranked the U H Shidler College of Business graduate program in international business 21st in the nation.

The Lyon Arboretum has been part of the University since 1953 and was started in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association as a forest restoration project on the site that had been denuded by over grazing by free-ranging cattle. Since becoming part of the University of Hawaii in 1953, Lyon Arboretum has specialized in the cultivation and propagation of native rare and endangered Hawaiian plants. It is known for its extensive collection of tropical plants.

Driving through the University of Hawaii campus and turning right onto Manoa Road will take visitors to the trailhead of for Manoa Falls. Although the 1 ½ mile hike is described as easy, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Mosquitoes are ever-present.

Manoa Falls is a spectacular sight as it tumbles down 150 feet of sheer cliff. Do not swim in the pool at the base of the falls because of the danger of falling rocks and murky water. Also, the water is unsafe to drink due to high levels of bacteria.




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