Two great stones stood in the valley of Nu‘uanu on Oahu. These were said to represent the goddesses Hapu‘u and Kala‘iola. The goddesses were known to possess mysterious powers; they were guardians of Nu‘uanu Valley. “Akua no ka pali, gods of the precipice”
Travelers embarking on the journey over the treacherous Pali pass stopped to offer gifts of food, lei and kapa to Hapu‘u and Kala‘iola, seeking their protection and blessing for safe passage. A favorite lei offering was made of the sweet smelling pala palai fern. Parents would bury the piko of their newborn babies at these stones to ensure protection of their precious children.