Extending from the peaks of the Ko’olau Mountains all the way to the coral reefs off Waikiki Beach, Manoa Valley is as vast as it is beautiful. Though located just minutes from Waikiki, Oahu’s Manoa Valley is often overlooked by visitors. But locals in the know recognize that this is one of the best places in all of Hawaii. Though this valley is now largely residential, it was once the site of the first sugarcane and coffee plantations in Hawaii. Manoa translates to “thick, solid, vast, depth or thickness” in the Hawaiian language, and we think its quite fitting.

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What is your favorite destination in Manoa Valley? Which of these incredible places will you visit on your next day off? Share your opinions and experiences in the comments below.

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