Where You Live: ManoaUPDATED 8:11 PM HST May 08, 2014Video Transcript
In tonight's installment of our Where you live series, we take you to place, with a strong sense of place. Manoa Valley... today it's home to the University of Hawaii, a number of successful businesses, and nearly 45,000 residents. It's often busy, it's often bustling... But it's ALWAYS connected to its past. The story of Manoa Valley starts in the back...WAY back... Manoa Falls... WATER NAT one of many waterfalls flowing down these mountains. Back here, everything grows! And life flourishes! Even if you've never set foot in this valley, if you live on Oahu, you've probably drank some of it's water...that's because this area collects A LOT of moisture, as it makes it's journey to into the aquifer. IT GOES DOWN REALLY SLOWLY, IT'S LIKE A GIANT SPONGE AND IT HOLD THAT WATER THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR USE, FOR DRINKING WATER FOR BATHING, FOR EVERYTHING. SPLIT STAND UP 1807THE RAIN IN MANOA REALLY ADDS UP. AROUND HERE, AT THE HEAD OF THE VALLEY, THE AVERAGE RAINFALL IS 160 INCHES A YEAR ...BUT AS YOU HEAD MAKAI, IT GETS A LOT DRIER.1819//TAPE 33241HERE, ABOUT 6 MILES AWAY, AT THE MOUTH OF THE VALLEY, THE AVERAGE ANNUAL RAIN FALL DROPS TO JUST 35 INCHES. 3250 It was that water that first drew people to the Valley...King Kamehameha the great, said to have fed his armies with sweet potatoes grown on these hill sides. For decades, this was a place for agriculture ...with plenty of taro and rice...feeding the city of Honolulu... then came dairy farms. Manoa...the name itself, meaning wide or vast is part of the Waikiki Ahupuaa - this photograph - taken shows that connection, there's the Moana Hotel in the foreground, and that vast valley behind it ...long before the Ala Wai Canal...before the University took foot here. nats Linda showing Yunji house Linda LeGrande leads the historical walking tours here- Manoa has the highest concentration of designated historic homes on the island... more than a hundred structures, each with a story, most from the turn of the century, when trolleys ran through these streets. 612 IT'S ART IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, 614 Even the roads here are lined with history - literally - these aren't ordinary curbs -see those uneven edges? That's blue basalt lava rock, cut from the Mo'ilili quarry. SO WHEN WE DO OUR WALKS, WE FEATURE OUR CURBING STONES AND WE CALL IT CURB APPEAL. But it's the stream running through the Valley that ties it together. TO ME, IT'S A METAPHOR FOR THE VALLEY BECAUSE IT CARVED OUT THE VALLEY THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. George Arizumi is a 3rd generation Manoa resident...as kid here in the 1950s, there was plenty of freedom and opportunities for mischief. GO AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND STEAL MANGOS FROM THE TREES, THE MANOA GRAVEYARD WAS RIGHT THERE, THERE WERE PLENTY OF MANGO TREES, WE USED TO VERY NAUGHTILY GO STEP ON THE HEADSTONES SO WE COULD REACH HIGHER AND GET THE LOWER MANGOS. And the stream, with clean water and plenty of fish, provided endless fun. THAT'S WHAT WE DID, WE JUST PLAYED IN THE STREAM, PLAYED IN THE MOUNTAINS, THERE WAS NO SHOPPING CENTERS, NO MALLS TO HANG OUT. That's why he leads the stream clean up several times a year, to preserve this special resource, that so many simply drive by. This is a bustling community...that still values taking an extra beat. With a place to pause to remember the dead, at the state's largest Chinese Cemetery. Even the coffee can take a little longer, at Morning Glass one of the newer businesses - it takes a full 5 minutes to get cup, those beans, all individually roasted. That pace is just fine, because fast just isn't the Manoa way. 4456 REALLY ONLY SLOWER IN THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE SLOWER 59 PEOPLE ARE VERY SHARP, VERY EDUCATED, VERY BUSINESS SAVVY 4504//4516 BUT PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO TAKE A MOMENT AND ENJOY THE MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE, THE RAIN IN THE AIR, AND ENJOY THE TIME TO TALK TO FRIENDS AND AQUAINTENCES, WHICH I THINK IS SOMETHING THAT IS LOST IN A LOT OF OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. 4534 What's not lost here, is the connection to the land. THIS VALLEY IS ALIVE, IT'S TEEMING WITH ALL KINDS OF MAGIC THINGS AND LORE. Hawaiian studies teacher Kimo Alama Keaulana says the legends here are plentiful - one of the most visual - the sleeping giant atop the ridgeline. HE'S LYING DOWN, IF YOU CAN SEE HIS FOREHEAD, HIS NOSE AND HIS CHIN AND HIS CHEST, AND THE FEET GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO DOLE STREET BY WHERE KUAKALANI IS TODAY. That Giant? A chief, said to have murdered a princess of the valley, then lied about his actions. That placement is his punishment. 1233 SO KAUI LIES THERE TO FACE HIS HEAVENLY COURT, AS A PUNISHMENT FOREVER, THAT TEACHES YOU DON'T LIE 40//1322 I THINK IN OLD HAWAII, THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A GOOD LESSON FOR ALL THE KIDS GROWING UP. That ancient lesson... makes for modern day protection...as a recognized cultural site, nothing can be built along the ridgeline, leaving the Giant to sleep forever. A child of this valley, Keaulana composed this song about the rain... NANI Manoa singing .... Translated, Manoa is beautiful adorned in the rain. A sentiment anyone who lives here surely shares. There are so many legends of the Valley - and so many special historical places. In the entire ahupa'a there were once 14 heiau, now there's just one. We're going to show it to you and tell you how visit - tomorrow on KITV4 morning news.