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Hilo

Naha Stone

Located in front of the Hilo Public Library, “Pöhaku Naha” or the “Naha Stone” is a 2.5 ton stone that was used as a test of royal strength. King Kamehameha I is said to have moved it to demonstrate his strength. It is said to be the part of an ancient Hawaiian temple. The temple was destroyed in the 19th century. It is now on display at the Hilo Public library. Legend said that the one who could lift the stone would unite the islands of Hawaii. King Kamehameha proved his mettle and realized the saying. He not only moved the stone, but actually flipped it completely over when he was only 14 years old! In 1810, Kamehameha united the Hawaiian Islands just like it had been prophesied.