Oʻahunui a laʻilaʻinourishing and engaging people and land.

Piko O

Wahiawā is located in the central Oʻahu plains and contains a rich cultural history. At the piko, or the central point, of the island lies the birthing stones of Kukaniloko, which was only attended by high-ranking aliʻi, or chiefs, and royal woman whom would give birth to future aliʻi of Oʻahu. Although this site has remained a wahi kapu, or sacred cultural site, a long history of land ownership and transformation has altered the health of the land and has seemingly grown distant from the Hawaiian people. 
In 2012, the land surrounding the stones was purchased by The Office of Hawaiian Affairs with the intent to restore this land and its physical assets with the help of kupuna and experts of different disciplines. The Hawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawā have been fundamental in maintaining the sacred nature of the site and ensuring the history and genealogy of this site remain as eternal as time itself. 
It has been recognized that severance from the land results in severance to a personʻs awareness and purpose. Because of the position of this site and its context within the Hawaiian culture, a person seeking internal balance may restore their connection to self and center themselves at the piko of Oʻahu. Connecting kānaka to ʻāina - people to land - can restore our relationships with each other and emanate positive, radiant energy starting within out towards the environment around us.

The Foundation

Below are the three conceptual frameworks that have guided the vision for this land in Wahiawā. Although the English translation of certain Hawaiian words may limit the true meaning conveyed, it is understood that such frameworks represent a continuity of generations, old and new. 

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Protection and sacrosanctityof the kuapuʻu and relative sites


Enhance and amplify Hawaiian cultural knowledge


Promote culturally-aligned agricultural and ecological rehabilitation

By creating a diverse ecosystem at Kūkaniloko, the watershed will be restored through the reforestation of native trees, which in turn feeds the understory below and ultimately feeds our lāhui.

Lālā ʻIke Pono a Kukaniloko Working Group

The Vegetation Continuum

A spectrum of vegetation and vegetative planting strategies categorized by their ecological and utilitarian uses.

Native Forest

Conservation and restoration efforts that are supported by Hawaiian philosophies and values. This zone is wild and composed of only native species and is regarded as kapu, so that resources may be regenerated and successional regeneration (time for a forest to grow) occurs at a natural rate. 

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Native Forest

Semi-Managed Forest

Transition Zone


Non-forested Agriculture

Specialized Horticulture

Piko I

To restore the land is to restore the lāhui and their relationships, internal and external. From the Hawaiian philosophy of "healthy people, healthy lands," a vision of growing and establishing an ecosystem of resources, relationships, and exchange resulted in the vision of growing a vegetation continuum. This continuum was conceived as a range of vegetation planting strategies that were conditional to the conceptual framework of the management plan.
The vegetation continuum serves as an ancillary protective zone for the Kukaniloko birthing stones, with growing native forests around the stones provides a buffer from invasion and wreckage. Enabling agriculture that is culturally sensitive considering its proximity to the Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones provides a mechanism for culturally relevant and appropriate economic, social, and cultural returns/uses. 
The continuum also enables a myriad of programmatic functions that incorporate traditional and contemporary Native Hawaiian philosophies, values, guiding principles, practices, and symbiotic relationships that are engrained in the agrarian aspects of the Native Hawaiian culture. This may serve as a bridge between the project and the greater agricultural movement that is currently being developed and implemented in Hawaiʻi. 
In stewarding the land, we steward the leaders of today and the following generations in aloha ʻāina. 

Piko A

From the knowledge summoned from our ancestors and intentions, we move forward in the direction of our vision. There are projects currently being conducted on the site to determine the feasibility of planting trials and the soilʻs capacity with respect to health. The projects conducted now will inform the direction of how land and resources are regenerated at this site. 
It is important to understand that the work here is an investment in the land and in ourselves as we reconnect back to the piko of ourselves and the pae ʻāina (islands of Hawaiʻi). The success of these restoration efforts is contingent upon every leader, member, and volunteer. A forest is a community and a reflection of the strength and interconnectivity between each other within the lāhui. 
This website serves as an educational resource for providing information regarding traditional and contemporary Hawaiian practices and philosophies while building awareness and connections to existing solutions and methodologies. Resources and information shared will educate visitors on various practices that will inspire their actions moving forward. Specialized volunteer opportunities pertaining to each ecological zone will also be provided, as the resources and information from this website will provide a basis for contribution and fulfillment.

We are an intricate part of our environment. We are the reflection of our land.