Wa‘ahila Ridge Park Improvements Planned

The Wa‘ahila Ridge State Recreation Area will soon
be renovated and some improvements will be
made by the State Parks Division. Established in
1967, the park is accessed from St. Louis Heights and
encompasses 50 acres on the mountain ridge between
Mānoa Valley and Pālolo Valley. The 12-acre developed
area includes pavilions, picnic tables, walkways, restrooms
and parking. These will be repaired or replaced,
and 14 new parking spaces will be added.
Shaded by giant Norfolk and Cook pines and ironwood
trees planted in an early 1930s reforestation project, the
park offers striking views of Mānoa and Pālolo and is a
quiet, cool mountain oasis with a trail along the ridge into
the Ko‘olau mountain range. It starts as an easy walk but
becomes more strenuous the farther you go.
Wa‘ahila Ridge is part of the traditional Hawaiian cultural
landscape. The place name refers to a beneficent Mānoa
rain, as well as a chiefess who excelled in a dance named
for her. Three Hawaiian mo‘olelo refer to geological/botanical
features on Wa‘ahila Ridge by the place names
Kahalaopuna, Kāumana, and Lauhine. This is where the

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