Tradition holds that this massive stone was brought to Hilo from the sacred valley of Wailua, Kauai, centuries ago, and was later used as a test of royal heritage and strength. If the infant of an ali‘i was placed on the stone and didn’t cry, its chiefly status was confirmed. The ability to lift the 2 1/2-ton boulder was also a sign of royal power. Kamehameha is said to have hoisted the stone in 1789. Note: Please don’t sit or stand on the stone, which is considered an important cultural resource.