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Talk Story #19 – Historic Homes Tour on "Lei Day" in Hawaii

Upper Manoa view down to the valley floor residential area, Punahou School, U of H, Waikiki

Hawaii always has something going on! This year, the 1st day of May was not just the traditional celebration of Lei Day in Hawaii (see video), but also a lovely morning to enjoy the 8th Biennial Historic Manoa Walking Tour of qualified residences. All were at least 50 years old and meeting the criteria for historic significance.

In 1992, Malama Manoa was founded to promote and preserve the cultural diversity and heritage of the beautiful Manoa Valley on O’ahu. In the days of long ago, it was an ideal place for farming and a retreat for the Hawaiian Ali’i, primarily due to its water sources, gentle breezes, and the wide, fertile valley floor.

Maui Chief Kameeiamoku was given a grant comprising of some 200 acres by Kamehameha I, following the conquering of O’ahu in 1795. Passed on to his relatives eventually in 1829, the land was given to Rev. and Mrs. Hiram Bingham for their Christian mission work, and a school was founded in 1841 as O’ahu College, later called Punahou School.

In 1898, to raise funds for additional growth and needed buildings, the first subdivision of 146 fee simple lots were offered on the newly developed College Hills Tract. (Often today, this area is incorrectly thought of as being named for the nearby University of Hawaii, which was not established until later).

The start of the tour, arrivals were greeted by the drone of the bagpipe, played by Mr. Hardy Spoehr, at the Young Bros. residence, 1812/22 McKinley St

Hundreds of interested walkers were eager to enjoy the beautiful day and tour selected homes to view. Holding the tour booklet in hand, I too walked up and down the hills and streets enjoying the camaraderie, and finding out about the various properties.

This residence at 1906 McKinley Street was built in 1927 and sold to the Central Union Church in 1944; Senior Ministers have lived in the home in succession since then

1925 McKinley St. is a Tudor style home built in 1913, and one of the earliest houses built in Manoa Valley; The McCorriston family have had this home for almost 100 years

1929 Kakela Dr. built in 1931, is an example of the ‘Hawaiian style’ design developed by popular architect, Charles W. Dickey, best known for his unique roof lines

As an interested Realtor, I was looking forward to seeing inside the architectural example of an ‘English cottage’ residence at 2110 Kakela Place, for it is currently for sale! I wasn’t disappointed. Totally charming. This historic (State and National registered) residence was built in 1928 by the George D. Oakleys who wanted to reflect their Scottish-English background. Photos and details (MLS# 1101052).

The 83 year-old house still has many of the original aspects, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with a two story rear on a lovely sloping yard. If you have been wanting a residence with charm, history, and convenience in a prime area, this may just be perfect! If not, let us “talk story” and review other opportunities which deem best for you.

There is always something happening to enjoy our lifestyle. There are many special ‘only in Hawaii’ celebrations such as our State ‘Lei Day’ activities, or viewing history in your backyard. Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and I are available to help you find that perfect property. I look forward to hearing from you.

With warm Aloha! Jeanne@Hawaiilife.com

Note: In Hawaii, there is often a gathering of family and friends, and in a casual way stories are told of that days happenings, or past events. We call it “Talk Story.” My continued series will be about different places around Oahu with a bit of their history, and the many opportunities for you today. I would love to hear about your personal Hawaii memories to share, perhaps during the territorial days, like I was, growing up out Koko Head way. Hawaii is a special place and so are the people. Follow me as we discover a lifestyle best suited for YOU. Whether it is a new military move, a casual beach house, a downsized retirement home, a golf course fronted resort home-away-from-home, a grand residence with superb view, or a high rise condominium, the choices and the Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers resources are many. Contact me today with your interest, needs, and desires, or let’s just “Talk Story!”

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David Buck

May 5, 2011

Those are some beautiful homes Jeanne! When these historic homes in Manoa come on market, they sell fast. I had one a few years back on Kamehameha Avenue that we sold at the first broker’s open.

David Buck

May 5, 2011

Those are some beautiful homes Jeanne! When these historic homes in Manoa come on market, they sell fast. I had one a few years back on Kamehameha Avenue that we sold at the first broker’s open.

Yvonne Rubes

May 5, 2011

Hi, Jeanne, I enjoyed your article of Manoa Walk Tour. We have same common sense to love those English style’s house. Hope more new houses and neighborhood can be carried on those European architural elements.

Yvonne Rubes

May 5, 2011

Hi, Jeanne, I enjoyed your article of Manoa Walk Tour. We have same common sense to love those English style’s house. Hope more new houses and neighborhood can be carried on those European architural elements.

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Mirabelle

October 5, 2011

I love the smell of plumeria. Mmh!!! What a beautiful tradition.

Mirabelle

October 5, 2011

I love the smell of plumeria. Mmh!!! What a beautiful tradition.

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