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OHA’s Wahiawā Lands

Photo: Kūkaniloko

The Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones is one of the most sacred sites in Hawaiʻi. The five-acre site is the piko (center, naval cord) of Oʻahu where the highest-ranking aliʻi (royalty) were historically born. These stones and the surrounding areas were places of learning for kahuna (ex­perts), lua (martial arts), kilo (observations) and other cultural practices.

In 2012, OHA acquired the 511 acres surrounding Kūkaniloko to protect and preserve the site by providing a buffer against development and ensuring that future uses of the area are consistent with Hawaiian cultural values.

Check this website for updates on the planning process, including notices of the public meetings and other opportunities to provide input. Any input or questions can be submitted to info@oha.org.

Conceptual Master Plan

Completed in 2018, OHA’s Conceptual Master Plan for its Wahiawā Lands identifies the following goals for the property: 1) Protect the Birthing Stones Site; 2) Explore appropriate agriculture; 3) Contribute to food security; and 4) Preserve open space and watershed lands. OHA currently manages these lands and regularly engages and solicits input from The Hawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawā, the longtime stewards of the Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones site. The Conceptual Master Plan is in the process of being finalized and will available in the near future.

Brief Summary of OHA’s Wahiawā Lands:

  • Location:
    • Ahupuaʻa of Kamananui
    • Moku of Waialua
    • Mokupuni of Oʻahu
    • Wahiawā, Oʻahu
  • Acquired: 2012
  • Size: 511 acres
  • Zoning: Agricultural, conservation easement
  • OHA Investment: $3 million, part of a larger $25-million purchase of 1,718 acres Galbraith Estate
  • Tenure and use: Owned fee simple
  • Acquisition Objectives:
    • To explore the development of compatible agricultural uses and other programmatic initiatives.
    • To contribute to Hawaiʻi’s food self-sufficiency, preservation of open space and watershed lands and overall community planning goals for central Oʻ
    • To protect Kūkaniloko by providing a buffer against future incompatible development in the area.
  • Features: Surrounding the Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones cultural and historical site
  • Access: Access to the Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones site may be closed as is needed for maintenance activities, including every third Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Cultural and Historical Information: OHA Kūkaniloko Informational Sheet

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