Tukwila History

We want to share the legend of tukwila, the official state nut. The word "tukwila" is the Chinook name for filbert (hazelnut, as it is known now). In her book, "Legends of the Pacific Northwest", Ella E. Clark relates a favorite Native American legend, "The Hazelnut, a Guardian Spirit".

One time a man was cracking hazelnuts on a large stone, using a smaller stone as a hammer.  When he struck one of the nuts an ordinary blow, it sprang away and landed at a little distance from him. The man picked it up and struck it a second time, but the hazelnut sprang away. "You are brave," said the man as he picked it up, "but I will break you anyway".  He seized the nut firmly and tried to strike it a heavy blow.  But a third time, it leaped away in the grass.  He hunted and hunted but he could not find it.  Some nights later, a young boy in search of his guardian came to the hiding place of the hazelnut.  He heard a voice speak to him.  "Look at me, boy", said the spirit of the hazelnut, "and listen to what I tell you.  No one can hold be or hunt me, even though I am struck heavy blows.  When I hide, none can find me.  I am strong and I can give you strength.  If you will always do as I bid you, you will have my power.  The enemy may surround you and catch you, but they cannot hold you.  You can spring from their grasp and hide before their eyes.  They will never find you if you obey me."  The boy told no one about the hazelnut, but ever after he followed its direction and its warnings.  When he became a man, he had a strange power of escaping and hiding from anyone who attacked him.  Even when he was seized and surrounded by a large band of the enemy, he was always able to break away.  He became a great warrior among the innate people through the help of the hazelnut, his guardian spirit.)

The Tukwila community was once a hazelnut orchard.  In 1991 a group of investors, the Tukwila Partners, proposed the Tukwila Planned Unit Development.  The city of Woodburn gave final approval for the first phase in August, 1992.  And thus, the Tukwila Homeowners Association was formed.  The property was named Tukwila. 

The business plan was to sell portions of the property to developers and have the total property developed in phases.  As each phase was established, a separate HOA was formed for that phase.  Coincident with the establishment of Tukwila Homeowners Association, the first separate property development and its concurrent home owner’s association, Miller Farms, was established.  Over the next several years six more separate developments and homeowners associations were established:

    • Ironwood
    • Orchard Greens
    • Links at Tukwila
    • Renaissance at the Links
    • Renaissance Reserve
    • Goose Hollow

Each of these seven homeowners associations are independent entities and neighborhoods, each with their own CCRs.  All seven have their own board of directors.  All homeowners in the Tukwila community have dual HOA membership:  they are members of Tukwila HOA as well as their separate neighborhood HOA.

Tukwila HOA responsibilities include management and maintenance of the properties established for the common use and benefit to all the HOA homeowners.  There are 460 member homes.  In addition, Tukwila HOA provides an array of services to the individual HOAs.  The common properties include two main Tukwila entrances, the Tukwila office and adjacent Recreation Center, the Glatt Pond area, the tennis courts, the Fitness Trail and the Nature Trail.  In order to provide services, Tukwila HOA employs two part time professionals, an office manager and a bookkeeper.

You can find specific information for each association on their page.

Tukwila HOA Amenities


Rec Center


Tennis Court


Pickleball Court


THOA Office

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