Kukaniloko Birthing Stones
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State Monument, Cultural Site
Nestled in the heart of central Oʻahu, the Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones hold a profound significance, translating from Hawaiian to English as "to anchor the cry from within."
This expansive birthstone served as a sturdy support for the mothers of aliʻi (royalty) during childbirth. Positioned on a cushioned bed-stone, the mother, supported by attendants, would endure the birthing process with remarkable resilience, riding the waves of pain in silence. Kūkaniloko, along with other birthstones in Hawaiʻi, goes beyond being a mere ritual location; it establishes a tangible link between pre-birth existence and the present people of Hawaiʻi, extending to the afterlife.
Regarded as the island's piko (navel), Kūkaniloko commands a breathtaking view of the Waiʻanae mountain range, resembling the reclining profile of a wāhine hāpai (pregnant woman). Acknowledged, preserved, and protected by the Daughters of Hawaiʻi in 1925, Kūkaniloko's stewardship passed to HCCW in 1960. Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, the site is currently managed by HCCW, Friends of Kūkaniloko, Na Wāhine ʻO Kunia, the Hawaiʻi Division of State Parks, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), which oversees the surrounding 511 acres.
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