Celebrated places that have significance to the kamaʻāina Concept of wahi pana traditionally refers to a named place that has a story behind it explaining how the place was named Today includes historically important places such as churches, ranches, etc. Place names often reflect a special aspect of a location, a legend perhaps, or a physical texture lying just below a new growth of vegetation As one might expect, there was often a vast amount of variety in the potential definitions for any particular place name Depending on how the word was spelled (ʻokina or kahakō placement), it could completely change the context of the name
NĀ WAHI PANA O HILO Noted Places of Hilo HWST 100
Served to test claims of royal blood in the Naha lineage
It is said that only a member of the royal family possessed the mana to move the stone
KA PŌHAKU ʻO NAHA Kamehameha is said to have moved the stone even though he is not of the Naha lineage
KEAUKAHA Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianā`ole spearheaded the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act in response to the dwindling population of Native Hawaiians. He convinced Congress to establish a permanent homeland for Native Hawaiian, today called Hawaiian Homes or ʻāina hoʻopulapula.