Manoa School was established as one of the first English-speaking schools in Hawaii. Eighteen students attended when the school was opened on October 11, 1854. Located in majestic and historic Manoa Valley, the school today has grades Kindergarten to sixth. It is one of the two valley schools that are part of Roosevelt Complex. The word "Manoa" is a contraction of "Moanoanoa" and means thick or solid, deep as a substance having breadth and depth, like the valley itself.
Over the past five years, the enrollment at Manoa Elementary School has averaged about 600. While about 20 percent of the students live outside our geographical area, most have family roots in the valley. Our students come from varied socioeconomic status, a multi-ethnic community, diverse family types, and residences of single-family dwellings.