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Kukaniloko; "To Anchor the Cry from Within". This 5-acre historical site located in Central O'ahu is one of the most important sites in Hawai'i. Known as the Royal Birthing Stones, this location is where royal women were brought to give birth. Established in the 12th Century by an O'ahu chief for the birth of his son, Kapawa.
For seven centuries, this outcrop of more than 80 rounded stones became the hallowed grounds for the birth of the ali'i (chief) of O'ahu. Some of the stones were also used to map stars and mark seasonal changes. In 1925, Kukaniloko became the first ancient site on O'ahu to be officially recognized and preserved.
Take H1 West bound to H2. Take H2 north to exit 5 (Wahiwa). Take Kamehameha Avenue north through Wahiawa to Whitmore Avenue. Opposite Whitmore Avenue, turn left onto the dirt road that appears to lead into a pineapple field. The stones are located a few yards down this road.
These sites are sacred to the Hawaiian people and should be treated with the utmost respect. Do not move or remove anything from these sites. Do not climb or walk on the rock walls and platforms.