Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

Explore Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, Oahu’s sacred site for royal Hawaiian births, rich history, and serene atmosphere. No entrance fee.

Kukaniloko Birthing Stones is a Heritage Site located in the city of Wahiawa on Oahu, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Kukaniloko Birthing Stones


  • Overview: Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, a sacred and historically significant site, is nestled in the heart of Wahiawa on Oahu, Hawaii. This ancient location offers a unique glimpse into the cultural practices of the Hawaiian royals, making it a must-see for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike.
  • Highlights: The Kukaniloko Birthing Stones are a rare and unparalleled site in Oahu, as they were the chosen location for royal women to give birth, ensuring high-ranking status for their offspring. The serene atmosphere and spiritual energy make it a truly remarkable experience.
  • Activities: Visitors can explore the sacred grounds, learn about the cultural significance through interpretive signs, and take in the tranquil surroundings while reflecting on the ancient practices that took place there.
  • Information: Kukaniloko Birthing Stones is open to visitors daily, and there is no entrance fee. The best time to visit is during the cooler morning or late afternoon hours to avoid the heat and larger crowds.
  • History & Significance: Established in the 12th century by an Oahu chief, Kukaniloko Birthing Stones was the birthplace of his son Kapawa, the first royal birth at this site. The kahuna (priests) advised strict diets and exercises for the expectant mothers, and it was believed that women giving birth here experienced no pain during childbirth.
  • Tips & Insights: When visiting Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, please remember to be respectful of the sacred site by not climbing on the rocks or removing anything from the area. Additionally, consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, and water to stay comfortable during your visit, as there is limited shade available.

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