On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (6 of 6), 1915.

….all of the districts from Hawaii all the day to Kauai, however, if Naha is shook and removed by you today from where it lies, it will be the removing of binds that secure the Districts. You will then live; your people will live; and I too will live, the Kahuna.

When the Prophetess Kalaniwahine was done speaking, it was at that point that Kamehameha traced his strong hands upon the good places to grab on to the stone, and then Kamehameha made ready to attempt to move the Naha Stone; the eyes of the all the people were fixed on him. When the hands of Kamehameha were locked onto the sides of the stone, Kamehameha spoke these words of prayer. “E! You are a Naha, the Alii who frees your kapu is a Naha Chief, and I am a Niaupio, the arching smoke of the forest. [??? E! He Na-ha oe, he Na-ha hoi ke Alii e noa ai kou kapu, a he Niau-pio hoi wau, a he uwahi pio i ka wao laau.]”

That was when Paiea pried the stone with amazing strength, and that Pohaku Alii did indeed move, and then the people surrounding the place where Kamehameha was moving the Naha Stone felt a rumbling of the land there, and some actually thought an earthquake was assisting Kamehameha. The Alii and Makaainana truly saw the moving of the Sacred Pohaku of the Naha Alii Line, and that it was shook by the amazing strength of Kalaninui Kamehameha. They realized the earlier words of the Prophetess Kalaniwahine came true, and some Alii immediately knew that this young Chief would become the person to shake the Islands of this Archipelago. This moving of the Naha Stone became something to always to encourage Kamehameha thereafter, and during heated battles on the battlefields to come, the moving and overturning of the Naha Stone was always in the fore of Kamehameha’s memories, and it was something that always bolstered his thoughts thereafter. Continue reading

On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (5 of 6), 1915.

THE STORY OF THE NA-HA STONE

(Conclusion)

In the morning of another day, when the rays of the beautiful sun shone on Kumukahi and warmed the cold and damp earth, this young Chief of the Apaapaa winds of Kohala woke, and before taking the morning meal, they prepared for their journey to see the Naha Stone, and this journey of Kamehameha to see it was accompanied by the Chiefs of Hilo. The Chiefly Mother of the Chiefs, Ululani, also was in accompaniment, as well as her court and many of Hilo’s dignitaries. Amongst these going with the malihini Chief was Kalaniwahine, the Royal Prophet, who was escorting her hanai Chief who travelled across the sea along with her. This Prophetess was the one who instructed Kamehameha to go to Hilo to meet with his piko, the Alii in the line of High Naha Chiefs, that being Keaweokahikona, the strongest one known in those days. On this procession of Kamehameha to see the Naha Stone, Keaweokahikona also was accompanying his Chiefly Cousin, but he did not believe in the ability of Kamehameha to move the Naha Stone for it was a kapu stone of the Alii Class who had the Naha Kapu and the other lines of Alii had no rights to it; and it was this Keaweokahikona who was the only one known of who could move this Royal Pohaku.

At this time when Kamehameha folks were on the move, the Chiefly Mother of theirs spoke to him with these words: Continue reading

Naha Stone to be moved, 1916.

NA-HA STONE TO BE SKIDDED ON GIANT ROLLERS

(Special Star-Bulletin Correspondence)

HILO, March 10.—At last preparations are being made for the conveying of the famous Na-ha stone fro the John Scott property to the site selected for it on the Hilo library lot. The big stone, which must weigh several tons, is to be brought down on rollers, as it is too heavy and cumbersome to handle by motor-truck or any other kind of vehicle.

Big rollers have been procured, and they will be placed under the stone in such a way that the rock can be slid down from its present resting place to the desired location, where it will be so placed that tourists and town folk can inspect it at their leisure.A plate will be attached to the stone and on it the legend in connection with the wanderings of the historic relic will be set forth.

The stone originally came from Kauai where it was used in certain religious ceremonies after the birth of a child of high degree. The legend has it that the first Kamehameha rolled the stone over after a terrific struggle in which he used so much strength that the blood burst from his eyes.

(Star Bulletin, 3/14/1916, p. 14)

NA-HA STONE TO BE SKIDDED ON GIANT ROLLERS

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIII, Number 7463, Page 14. March 14, 1916.

On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (4 of 6), 1915.

As soon as Ululani heard these words of her children, she exited the house, and soon saw Kamehameha approaching, and that is when Ululani began a wailing call of love [uwe helu] and then she also called out the name song for Kamehameha with these words:

Au—we hoi—e, he mai hoi paha,
O oe ka ia e Kalaninuilanimehameha—a,
E hea aku ana i ka Iwa kiloulou moku la,
E komo e kuu Laninui hoi—a,
Ao i wehewehena ao i waihona—e,
Kona po o ka hoa keia—la,
A’u lei o ka ua haao hoi—e,
E lele ae la mauka o Auaulele—a,
E komo hoi paha i ka hale o Kealohalani—e,
Auau i ke kiowai kapu o Ponahakeone,
Ae inu hoi i ka awa a Kane i kanu ai i Hawaii,
A ola hoi ke kini o ke akua ia oe,
He mai hoi e kuu Laninuimehameha—a.

[Ah indeed, do come,
Might it be you, O Kalaninuilanimehameha?
I call out to the island-hooking Frigate bird,
Come in, my Heavenly Chief,
The day opens, the day closes,
In his night, this is the companion,
My lei of the Haao rains,
Soaring in the uplands of Auaulele,
Entering the home of Kealohalani,
Bathing in the sacred pool of Ponahakeone,
Drinking the awa which Kane planted in Hawaii,
The multitudes of the gods will live through you,
Come, my dear Laninuimehameha.] Continue reading

On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (3 of 6), 1915.

THE STORY OF THE NA-HA STONE

(Continued)

“Hear me, O Alii; he has but one opponent to fight where the strength of this hanai of mine will be challenged, that is Keaweokahikona, and this is his one opponent that will thwart his strength, and who will also thwart the strength of his young experts in spear throwing, making it into nothing. I say before you all, O high Chiefs of the land, he must go see this relative of his, for he [Keaweokahikona] is his own blood relative [piko], and should he [Keaweokahikona] decide to follow him, then there will be no more difficulties and they will live as leader and follower from here forth. But he must go quickly and not put it off until the time they should meet has past.

When the alii living in the court of Kalaniopuu heard this, they all approved of this idea of this Prophet Chiefess Kalaniwahine. The days were soon spent preparing for the journey of Kamehameha Paiea to see his cousin Keaweokahikona, and to visit the Naha Stone in the front of Pinao Heiau. The canoes of the young chief Kamehameha were set forth, and they were escorted by a number of high chiefs, they being Naihe and Kalaninuimakolukolu, and these travels of the young chief was accompanied by grace with the seas being calm and the three mountains of Great Hawaii of Keawe were clear.

When the canoes landed at Hilo Hanakahi, they first came ashore at Nukuokamanu [Kanukuokamanu], and as soon as the prow of the canoe rumbled against the sand of Hilo Hanakahi, Naihe folks disembarked first and headed straight for the house of the High Chiefess Ululani; the news had reached the Chiefess Ululani in advance and she called out to Naihe with these words:

“Ha! Hey, my relatives have arrived. What is the reason for your taking this trip across the wide sea?”

At this time her children responded: “Your child is arriving, that is Kalaninuilanimehamehaikamakaohaloa. This is a voyage of that Heavenly Chief to seek a mother, and that is why I appear before you.”

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/16/1915, p. 2)

KA MOOLELO O NA-HA POHAKU

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 10, Helu 28, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 16, 1915.

On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (2 of 6), 1915.

…the bitter words of Keawemauhili for his charge, Naeole gathered the young leaves of the bitter gourd [ipu awaawa] and broiled them until cooked, and fed them to Kamehameha as if it were young taro leaves,  and it is said that Naeole did this so that the biting and bitter words of Keawemauhili for his charge were neutralized, and those words spoken were those famous words of Hawaii nei of the olden days. “Nip the bud of the wauke while still young.” [“E o-u ka maka o ka wauke oi opiopio.”]

When Kamehameha grew older, and his own father, Keouanui, died, believed to have “been fed a cup of koheoheo by Alapainui here in Hilo,” [“hanai apu koheoheo ia e Alapainui ma Hilo nei,”] that is given poison in his food; Kalaniopuu, Keoua’s elder brother, was in the district of Kau, but moved forth to war with Alapainui, and war was fought where Kalaniopuu retreated. Afterwards war was waged upon the Son of Alapainui, and he died near Kawaihae, and all of Hawaii Island became ruled by Kalaniopuu. Continue reading

Healing Stone (?) of Wahiawa, 1927.

Supernatural Rock of Wahiawa

Honolulu, Oct. 26—This rock being visited by people to worship these days is becoming something that truly is stirring the thoughts of some people here in Honolulu, and some who are living near Wahiawa are appealing to the Government and to the power of the Board of Health to move that rock from where it first stood, because in their opinion, this action by the people will cause an epidemic to grow here where all ethnicities are going and touching themselves against the bodies of others, and this will perhaps cause sicknesses to spread from one to another.

The Board of Health refused to step in and block this action by people who believe their ailments will be healed by touching the sick area to that rock of Wahiawa, and the birthing stones of the High Chiefs of this land in ancient times.

Some people have said that their weakness due to rheumatism by them going there and touching their areas of pain to that rock. Some say that their weak areas were not cured by touching the rock.

If the Naha Stone was not moved to the mauka side of the Hilo Library here, and it was left where it was from olden times, then the healing powers of these Birthing Stones of the sacred Alii of Hawaii and the Stone that Kamehameha the Great flipped over and which became a symbol of his victory over this entire Archipelago, and for which Kamehameha spoke these words:

“He Naha oe, a he Naha hoi kou mea e neeu ai. He Niau-pio hoi wau, ao ka Niau-pio hoi o ka Wao.”¹

With these words did Kamehameha put his shoulders up to the Naha Stone [Naha Pohaku], and flipped it over, being this was a stone that could not be moved by five men. Perhaps some sick with rheumatism will rub up their ailing places against the Naha Stone in the future.

[I was reminded of this by a picture of two stones with the caption “Sacred Stones at Wahiawa” from the Lani Nedbalek Collection displayed at the Pineapple Festival today.]

¹”You are a Naha, and it will be a Naha who will move you. I am a Niaupio, the Niaupio of the Forest.”

(Hoku o Hawaii, 11/1/1927, p. 3)

Ka Pohaku Kupua o Wahiawa

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXI, Helu 23, Aoao 3. Novemaba 1, 1927.