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Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

A Hawaiian Stonehenge on Oahu island


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A sacred place for all Hawaiians—Kukaniloko Birth Site is one of the most significant ancient shrines on the island. Kukaniloko is located in the Wahiawa Plateau between the Waiʻanaes and the Koʻolaus mountain ranges. It is considered to be the birth site for the island's high chiefs like Kakuhihewa and Mā‘ilikūkahi. When the islands were colonized the site was destroyed but families of the chiefs still lived along the slopes. The site offers a magnificent view of Mount Ka'ala, the highest point of Oahu. It is often compared with Stonehenge since archeologists concluded that the design and shapes of the stones are reminiscent of celestial objects. The best time to visit is during the dry season ​since the roads often become inaccessible during the rain.

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