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Halekulani Introduces New Manoa Heritage Center Partnership as a Part of For You, Everything Program

Halekulani’s For You, Everything program invites guests to enjoy the cultural offerings of Oahu where guests can learn more about Hawaii’s heritage. We are excited to announce the newest addition to this program – the Manoa Heritage Center, a 3.5-acre living classroom.

Founded in 1996 by preservationists Samuel A. Cooke and his wife, Mary Moragne Cooke, the Manoa Heritage Center was designed to promote the understanding of the natural and cultural history of Manoa Valley, Native Hawaiian cultural practices and the ethnobotanical uses of plants.

“This beautiful space provides a serene environment within urban Honolulu to engage audiences more deeply with Hawaii’s incredible biocultural diversity,” says co-founder, Mary Cooke.

From group tours to hands-on workshops with Hawaiian cultural practitioners, guests can explore the Center’s various resources. The Center consists of four distinct resources:

  • Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau – Sitting high above the Manoa Valley floor, this is the only remaining and restored ancient Hawaiian temple in the ahupua’a of Waikiki.
  • Native Hawaiian plants – There are 3-40 native species and a garden of Polynesian-introduced plants (also known as canoe plants) surrounding Kūkaʻōʻō.
  • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Visitor Education Hale – This space offers educations program that teach guests about Manoa Valley and the importance of Hawaiian culture.
  • Kūaliʻi – This is currently the private Cooke family residence but will be open to the public as a historic house museum in the future.

Halekulani guests can visit this historic spot every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. To reserve your spot, please contact the concierge for reservations.

For guests looking to explore more of Hawaii’s culture, our For You, Everything program also includes access to the following historical spots around Hawaii:

  • Bishop Museum – This is the premier museum of natural and cultural history in the Pacific. Galleries range from unique and colorful artifacts such as royal family heirlooms and spears to hands-on interactive exhibits. This museum is open daily from 9AM-5PM.
  • Historic Halekulani Culture Tour – Learn about a special shrine to fishing gods, get a rare glimpse of an endangered flower and marvel at the royal history of the coconut grove at Halekulani every Tuesday and Saturday from 8AM-9AM.
  • Honolulu Museum of Art – Explore 34 galleries of Asian and Western art along with six courtyards filled with various florals and sculptures. Painting include artwork by Picasso, Miro, Gauguin, Van Gogh and others. This museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-4:30PM.
  • ‘Iolani Palace – This is the official resident of the last monarchs of Hawaii. Explore where King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani had lived during their reign and learn this palace’s rich history including the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Guests can visit this palace Monday-Saturday 9AM-4PM.
  • Liljestrand House – This house was designed by the master of Hawaii modern architecture, Vladimir Ossipoff and is recognized as an outstanding example of Mr. Ossipoff’s work of the mid-twentieth century architecture.
  • Shangri La – Built in 1937 and considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant spaces and home to American heiress Doris Duke, guests can learn more about the impressive collection of Islamic art. Guests can visit this iconic establishment every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

If you are interested in visiting any of these historical venues and want to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history, please contact the concierge for reservations by calling (808) 923-2311 or emailing [email protected].