Friday, February 24, 2012

Manoa Valley

A L O H A !

(Sunday Manoa) - A Hawaiian Lullaby by Brothers Cazimero on Grooveshark

Before we moved into the harbor

 (and lived there almost 20 years)

We lived in Manoa - the Valley of Rainbows-
Home to legends, Ali`i (Chiefs) & Royalty,
site of Hawaii's first sugar growing scheme.

Oh, and also the home
 of University of Hawaii @ Manoa,
the flagship campus of the State University;

That dome on the right
 is where sports occur.

I also received my degree inside.

Yesterday, I had to ride my scooter 
up into the valley to pick something up.
It was like a journey
into an earlier time
in my life.

Manoa is a nostalgic place
for many locals
reminding them of
college years.

The President's parents
met at UH.

As a youngster,
Barack lived in the valley

There are some Mansions in the valley, 
but you still see these pretty, older
wood-frame, single-wall,
working class
hale (houses.)
Sweet, yeah? 
(The house the president lived in
is rather humble.)

View over Manoa shopping center-

The valley walls
 are always part of the view plane.

Back in the day, it was common
to see kimono 
in the streets of Honolulu.
( Note the Tabi socks
and Geta! )

Early 20th Century Honolulu
A Meibutsu Store
 Courtesy: Hawaii State Archive

" Japan's tradition of meibutsu
or famous regional products, is unique
 and unparalleled anywhere else in the world. "

My charming co-shopper
told me she just came from
a tea ceremony.

I asked for permission
to take this shot;

She smiled 
and thanked me.

( Note the 'Oriental Snacks'
store aisle sign :-)

Click on this panorama!
Early flight over Manoa Valley
Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines 
( Incorporated on January 30, 1929 
as  Inter-Island Airways Ltd. )

Look at this early aerial shot,

then back at Manoa today.

Is there a place

that takes YOU

back in time?

Please tell us in comments!

Thank YOU for visiting-

              Warmly, cloudia

 is a short video of a Manoa rainbow
shot from the back of the valley.
You can see Waikiki and 
Diamond Head.

This one shows the lush foliage of the Manoa:

Here's a 'tour' of the valley


Elephant's Child said...

Thank you so much for this virtual tour. It was truly lovely.

Akelamalu said...

Loved the virtual tour, the lovely wooden house and the kimono clad lady. :)

Dave King said...

Manoa looks a brooding sort of place, one that would impress itself upon you. Fascinating post.

Lisa said...

I love this post. I am with you in the nostalgia. I do that often, travel back in time whenever I go to a place that I had not been in a while. Sometimes I hate the feelings though. You could have bumped into the President and not realised it! :)

Daryl said...

What a lovely post ..

Charles Gramlich said...

A lovely place. Looks well worth exploring.

Birdman said...

Trips back are always interesting. I always end up saying... my time was BEST.

Joop Zand said...

Lovely work again....thanks Cloudia

Greetings, Joop

21 Wits said...

Several places! A significant one is Maryland Heights, Mo. A suburb of St. Louis. A few years ago I returned and was able to take the train into St. Louis (neat stops along the way) a very different place on my visit! Thanks for the exquisite RainBow! ...and the delightful happy faced shopper-friend....makes me want to brew a cup of tea....!

Kavita Saharia said...

I am in love with that beautiful house .Aloha Cloudia.

Lori Skoog said...

I loved the tour too. You are surrounded by such beauty...I can see you on your scooter now! Have you adjusted to your new life off the boat?

nanny said...

I too love this post Cloudia....
Great pictures, and tour!!!!

Ruby said...

A very beautiful post!Have a great weekend! Cheers, Ruby.

Sandy said...

What a treat this post was. Photos, commentary and film. Awesome! =)

Windsmoke. said...

Bonza virtual tour and photos :-).

Jeannie said...

I live not far from where I grew up and my daughter lives downtown so I pass through my old neighborhood every time I go to her place or downtown in general. There have been many changes downtown but getting there is still much the same. It's nice.

What is more nostalgic though, strangely, is our little fishing village in Belize. Although I was never there earlier in life, the atmosphere is very much like the beach town near our cottage back in the very early 60's.

Full-On-Forward said...

WOW! I'd love to talk with that Beautiful Lady.

Almost any LAKE takes me back in time..and any Beach.

Thanks for the trip.


Bro John

Erika said...

Please, Cloudia, I'm curious:why did you live in a boat 20 years? In Manoa do many Japanese people live?
Very nice shots of your Country.
Wish you a nice weekend.

Kay said...

I loved Manoa too. I also went to the U.H. The nostalgic place for me would be Waipahu.

Cloudia said...

thanks everybody!

Yes, ethnic Japanese is one of the major groups in Hawaii and in our culture.

Living on the boat was exciting, but not for 20 years! LOL

Gemel said...

A beautiful part of Gaia you reside upon my cosmic sister ♥

A relaxing and inspiring visit as always.
love love love

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You're so lucky to be able to revisit Manoa and your memories Cloudia, they sound like pretty happy ones. I would love to go back to Zambia where I grew up, but it's just not a safe idea the way things are in Africa now. Really enjoyed your trip down memory lane.

Bob Bushell said...

Thanks for showing us one of the places that are so beautiful in this world.

Anonymous said...

I did a (very)short span of boat living & I LOVED it.

Beautiful, peaceful tour. ~Mary

SandyCarlson said...

I appreciate the then-and-now images and your thoughts on that incredible part of the world. I have been reading Ambrose's book about Lewis and Clark and Lewis's suspicion about a certain Pacific trading post. Little did he know it was Hawaii!


SandyCarlson said...

I appreciate the then-and-now images and your thoughts on that incredible part of the world. I have been reading Ambrose's book about Lewis and Clark and Lewis's suspicion about a certain Pacific trading post. Little did he know it was Hawaii!


Betty Manousos said...

thanks for brightening my morning.
manoa looks like a fantastic place to visit.

great photos, too!