Naha Stone

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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This stone, the larger of two, located on the small lawn in front of the Hilo Public Library is called the Naha Stone. In ancient Hawaii it was used to determine who was a member of the ruling Naha clan. After a baby was born it was placed on the stone and if it remained silent it was a member of the clan. If it cried it was not a member.
Legend says the stone was transported here from Kauai and whoever was able to move it showed a high capacity to be chief. It is said that at age of 30 Kamehameha succeeded in moving the stone.
The smaller of the two stones is the Pinao Stone and is associated with the Pinao Heiau that once occupied the land that the library now occupies.
Written April 2, 2022
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Good folk lore story, but not much to see here. If you happen to be driving up the street, do stop in, but definitely do not go out of your way to see a chunk of lava rock. It’s everywhere you know!
Written February 24, 2021
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MLee
Cancun, Mexico14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This Naha Stone is in front of the Hilo Public Library. This place welcome all ages and families.
Across the street is Kosmic Kones with a food menu. Get some ice cream or a meal deal. Eat.
Before entering the library, look at the Naha Stone and walk in. (If you want more diverse ice cream flavors, there's a vegan ice cream place nearby called Hawaiian Licks).
The library is a good place to rest, read, and think before onward travel and going to the airport. I was able to see a FREE reading program event.
ALSO!
As a non-resident Hawaiian-- I was able to get a temporary Library Card for $10.00 in order to acquire internet access for 3 months.
Written July 6, 2019
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Gabriele S
Tampa, FL344 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Builders prize corner stones and historians prize stones used as time capsules. One should not be surprised, then, that on an island consisting entirely of lava, that a stone of significance should eventually be designated. One such stone now rests in front of the Hilo Public Library. It is a stone purported to be an predictor of ali'i class as well as being able to identify a ruler destined to unite the peoples of the Islands. Come see the stone that King Kamehameha was able to move, thus securing his designation as chief. A smaller stone displayed with this immense stone is said to come from a temple of ancient times. For the curious and those wishing to get a sense of the ancient traditions, a brief stop amid other activities planned during a Hilo visit is well worth the moment.
Written March 18, 2017
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Dale O
Hilo, HI10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
I always take visitors to see the Naha stone located right in front of the library near old down town Hilo. It has a nice plaque explaining the significance of the stone. Its easy to find parking in the library parking lot and walking over to see it. There is also another stone from a Heiau which the library is built over.
Written July 25, 2016
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Will Flanders
Fairbanks, AK82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
We saw the Naha Stone while in Hilo. Its impressive that this huge rock could be lifted by any any man. As the legend goes that is just what King Kamehameha did. Seeing this stone in real life was very cool and a neat piece of Hawaiian history.
Written May 22, 2016
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Tony K
Hilo, HI57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
You should 100% make the stop and see the Naha Stone. It is located on the grounds of the Hilo Public Library. Parking is free, it is right in downtown, and it will take you all of 10 - 15 minutes.

Read up (google: naha stone legend) on the story and significance of the stone. Then enjoy being able to walk up and touch it. Pretty cool...

You can add this to your itinerary on a whim when you're running early or are passing through the area. I bet you could even convince your tour operator to make a stop here headed towards or back from the volcano. Just saying. You mileage may vary one that one.

Bottom line: Ultra-low effort to see a pretty significant Hawaiian object.
Written January 21, 2016
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aliibelau
Koror, Palau17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Well my son tried to lift it, didn't even move an inch, so I guess he is not a true native hawaiian king.
Written September 15, 2015
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charley-marley
Kailua-Kona, HI960 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Sitting right in front of the Hilo Public Library lies the Naha stone. This is a very famous legendary stone, akin to Arthur's "Sword in the Stone".

Legend has it that whoever could move the 4000lb stone would become King. Nobody could do it, until a then 14 year old Kamehameha stepped up and lifted it. He went on to become King and united (conquered) the islands.

For history buffs, this stop is a must. For people who don't really care about the past or legends, you will be very bored. This is a simple but massive stone, with a simple sign that explains the significance.

The greatest thing about the stone is its location. They put it right in front of the Hilo library. Not only is the library really great, but you can take some time out and check out the stone before or after looking at the library. Even if you aren't a local or a member, the library is free, and you will definitely appreciate the layout and architectural design of it.

I have a great interest in Hawaiian history, so this is a no-brainer to check out. I suggest anyone with an interest to do the same. It is centrally located, super easy to get to, and worth the few minutes of your time it will take to see.
Written June 9, 2015
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
Heading out of town we came across the Naha Stones in front of the Hilo Library. The Naha Stones are made up of one large volcanic rock weighed between 2.5 and 3.5 tons, that originated from Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It was found on the banks of the Wailua river before being moved via a double canoe to Hilo. The second stone was once one of the entrance pillars of the great temple Pinao. For many years these stones laid undisturbed on the property of a Mr. J. A. Scott covered in underbrush. With the revival of Hawaiian culture, he presented them to the city, who had them moved to behind the old library. With the completion of the new Library in 1952, near the site of the ancient temple of Pinao, it was thought appropriate to make their final resting place there. The stones are very important to the local Naha Clan, and over the years many stories have been told about them. Local legion has it that if you can lift the Naha stone, you will become king of the Hawaiian Islands, but if you try and fail! It’s a nasty death.
Also when a new born baby boy is born, they place him on the stone, if he does not cry out, then he is part of the clan , but if he cries he is banished.
From here it’s just a short walk to St. Joseph Catholic Church, which is also worth a visit on Sunday between services.
Tip: Best to visit here on a Sunday, when the Library is closed, as parking is not a problem then.
Written November 22, 2019
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