HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.188           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________


                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION
  URGING THE DIVISION OF STATE PARKS TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY
    STUDY TO IMPROVE THE POTENTIAL OF KUKANILOKO BIRTHSTONES
    AS A POTENTIAL CULTURAL TOURISM SITE.
 

 1        WHEREAS, Kukaniloko is a celebrated place set aside for
 2   the birth of high ranking chiefs and chiefesses, and is located
 3   in the central plains of Oahu, lying north of Wahiawa town, and
 4   reached by a dirt road approximately one thousand feet long
 5   heading west from the major intersection of Kamehameha Highway
 6   and Whitmore Road; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, the Kukaniloko concentration of stones is now the
 9   only tangible remains of what was once a larger religious
10   complex which once included the Waihau Heiau of Ho`olono-pahu,
11   a site to house the sacred drums that announced the birth of a
12   chiefly child; and
13   
14        WHEREAS, the present site was set aside and fenced by
15   Mr. W. Goodale of the Wahiawa Agricultural Company, probably by
16   1909 and the Daughters of Hawaii acquired the site in 1925 upon
17   the urging of Mr. Goodale, and they maintained jurisdiction
18   over this parcel until 1951 when ownership reverted to the
19   Galbraith Estate and the Wahiawa Civic Clubs assumed
20   responsibility for the stones; and
21   
22        WHEREAS, the association of the remaining boulders with
23   ceremonial events continues to be reconfirmed and commemorated
24   by Hawaiians who visit the site and occasionally leave
25   offerings; and
26   
27        WHEREAS, the Kukaniloko site of four and a half acres is
28   owned by the State of Hawaii and currently protected and
29   managed by the Division of State Parks, Department of Land and
30   Natural Resources; and
31   
32        WHEREAS, the site is on the National Register of Historic
33   Places as well as the Hawaii Register of Historic Places; and
34   
35        WHEREAS, the easement which leads to the site is owned by
36   the Galbraith Estate and the State has permanent access, but
37   the entrance and exit to this site has a dirt slope which
38   erodes into a deeper pit when it rains making it more difficult
39   for cars to enter and exit; and
40   

 
Page 2                                                     
                                  H.R. NO.188           
                                                        
                                                        


 1        WHEREAS, there are students and tourists who visit the
 2   site but due to the condition of the easement, school buses
 3   must park on the highway, which is hazardous for the children
 4   and tour buses cannot enter into the area; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, given the current stagnant economy, the State of
 7   Hawaii cannot afford to create impediments to tourist sites
 8   that might turn assets into liabilities; now, therefore,
 9   
10        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
11   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
12   of 1999, that the Division of State Parks of the Department of
13   Land and Natural Resources is urged to conduct a feasibility
14   study to consider the kinds of improvements that must be made
15   to the Kukaniloko historic site near Wahiawa, including the
16   following concerns:
17   
18        (1)  Improving the easement to the site;
19   
20        (2)  Working in collaboration with the trustees of the
21             Galbraith Estate to develop the potential cultural
22             tourism enhancement of the Kukaniloko Birthstones;
23   
24        (3)  Developing other inducements to enhance safe,
25             informative, visits to the site by school children
26             and tourists; and
27   
28        (4)  Other objectives which will encourage visitors to
29             respect the sanctity of the historic site to preserve
30             it for posterity;
31   
32   and
33   
34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Division of State Parks,
35   Department of Land and Natural Resources is requested to report
36   findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than
37   twenty days before the convening of the Regular Session of
38   2000; and 
39   
40        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
41   Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Board of
42   Land and Natural Resources, the Administrator of the State
43   Parks Division, and the trustees of the Galbraith Estate.
44 
45 
46 
47                         OFFERED BY:  ____________________________