Mālama Mānoa was founded in January 1992 as the Mānoa Historic Preservation Committee at a Mānoa Neighborhood Board meeting. In September, the name “Mālama o Mānoa” was adopted (but changed recently to Mālama Mānoa). The charter of incorporation as a non-profit corporation in the State of Hawaii was granted in December 1992. In March 1993 the Internal Revenue Service approved Mālama Mānoa’s application as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, which also allows tax-deductible contributions. Mary M. Cooke was elected as the charter President. Charter Directors were Lowell Angell, Thomas Heinrich, Violet Hiranaka, Agnes Hirotsu, Gerald Honda, Linda LeGrande,
Helen Nakano, Charles Pearson, and Bertha Ueoka.
The mission of Mālama Mānoa is to promote community; celebrate our cultural diversity and heritage; and preserve, protect, and enhance the special qualities of historic Mānoa Valley.
Membership, while primarily aimed at residents of Mānoa, is free and is open to anyone who supports the mission of Mālama Mānoa. Starting with 37 people who attended the first meeting, there are now over 3,700 registered members.
The Mālama Mānoa Newsletter published two times a year has been the primary means of informing the residents of Mānoa Valley, members and non-members, of its programs and activities.
Open general membership meetings are held three times each year. In addition to taking care of business and informing those present of activities, a special feature of these meetings has been “Talk Story” sessions, with special topics and old timers relating their experiences living in Mānoa. Leaders from Mānoa community groups have also been featured, enlightening Mālama members about activities of their respective groups.
In June 1996, Mālama Mānoa initiated its Website on the Internet’s World Wide Web. Information about Mālama Mānoas activities and projects, as well as those of other preservation organizations is available at http://malamamanoa.org or send an e-mail to “firstname.lastname@example.org“.
In 1997 Joe Ferraro and the Design Guidelines Committee prepared a Design Resource mailer. Two thousand mailers were printed and distributed showing the different architectural styles of the homes in Mānoa Valley and giving suggestions for additions, renovations, new construction, and landscaping.