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Kukaniloko - a Hawaiian Stonehenge?

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Kukaniloko - Also known as the Royal Birthing Stones, this location is where royal women were brought to give birth. In early Hawai'i, this is where royalty came for the birth of their child to assure high-ranking status. The site consists of numerous stones within a grove of eucalyptus and coconut trees surrounded by pineapple fields. Reached by taking a dirt road (Whitmore Avenue) off Kamehameha Highway (Hwy 99), just north of Wahiawa, opposite Whitmore Avenue. This is also a state monument.

Description of the site. Images from 4/12/00 visit to site with archaeoastronomer Clive Ruggles.

Birthplaces of the Alii - the Hawaiian Royalty.

A power point presentation of the work that Elaine Mahoney's CADD class did at the site during the fall of 1999 is available as are the class notes of the survey work from the students. [Select 7th period CADD class by scrolling down on the right to get the appropriate link].

This is a view of an alii birthplace on Kauai - Holoholoku.

Last Updated on December 6, 1999

This page has been visited times since December 1999.
Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii