Our Story

A brief history...

Mānoa Mission began in 1922 in upper Mānoa Valley. At that time, there was only one building where we held our kindergarten classes, Sunday School, a baby clinic, and the church worship services.

By World War II, the mission had moved to lower Mānoa (near present day Safeway). During the war, the Mānoa Mission served as a link between the Japanese community and the military government.

In 1942, Mānoa Heiwa Gakuen (Japanese School) was faced with confiscation of its property by the government. The government gave Mānoa Mission the property as a sign of appreciation for their efforts.

In 1946, Mānoa Valley Church was organized with 17 charter members. Ten years later, Mānoa Valley Church became legally incorporated.

In 1959, more surrounding property was purchased and work began on our present day church buildings. The church members labored for two years and the sanctuary was dedicated in 1967. The gym with classrooms for Sunday School was completed at about the same time.

Throughout Mānoa Valley Church's history, our aim has been to be a community of God’s people that gather together to strive to love and serve God, each other, and the community.


As Mānoa Valley Church celebrates its 75th anniversary, we continue to strive to be a Christ-centered community that serves Mānoa Valley and beyond with Jesus Christ's love. Our congregation is comprised of a diverse group of people (ethnically, socio-economically, and generationally) that longs to be a safe and welcoming place for people from all stages and places in life, where a person can feel part of our family and find a home. We are committed to caring for our community, including young families and financially-challenged families and individuals.


We believe Jesus is at work all around us, making all things new. As we seek to discern where He is inviting us to join Him in His Kingdom work, we take seriously the people He has gathered in our church community.
As we stay rooted in the stories of our past and look forward to God's future plan, we long for each person in our church community to have the opportunity to share their gifts, passions, ideas, and resources to help the church discern where Jesus is leading us and participate in the work that He longs to do in us and through us.
We hope you'll be part of that plan.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather @ 9:30am for Talk Story and @ 10am for Worship Service.