Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The Stones Of Life
Na Pohaku Ola Kapaemahu A Kapunt
Legend says these stones are the living legacy of four powerful Tahitian healers who once resided near this site at a place called Ulukon. From the court of the Tahitian chief, the names of the four were Kapaemahu, Kapuani, Kinohi, and Kahaloa. They came from Moaulanuiakea on the island of Raiatea long before the reign of Kakuhihewa, beloved O’ahu chief during the 1500’s.
The fame of the healers spread as they traveled throughout the islands administering their miraculous cures. When it was time to return to Raiatea, they asked that two stones be placed at their Ulukoa residence and two at their favorite bathing place in the sea. Four huge stones were quarried from Kaimuki, and on the night of “Kane” thousands transported the stones to Ulukou. Incantations, fasting and prayers lasted a full cycle of the moon. The healers then gave their names and mana (spiritual power) to the stones before departing to their homeland.
Pipi Holo Ka'ao
(Sprinkled, the tale runs)
In 1997, the stones were raised onto a paepae (stone platform), and an ahu (altar) and fence were built to honor and protect them. The
Erected 1997 by Department of Parks and Recreation, City and County of Honolulu. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Asian Americans • Science & Medicine.
Location. 21° 16.547′ N, 157° 49.541′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Kalaukaua Ave, on the left when traveling west. Next to the Police Station at Waikiki Beach Walk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2405 Kalaukaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Lady of Waikiki (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victoria Kawekiu F Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapu Ka’iulani Cleghorn (about 800 feet away); Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole (approx. 0.2 Waikiki (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Beaches of Waikiki (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mahiole (approx. 0.4 miles away); Helumoa (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
More about this marker. Two plaques, one in English and one in Polynesian.
Additional keywords. Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 21, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.