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Ancient Hawaiians developed their own, unique system of fishpond aquaculture believed to have helped feed the population of up to one million people who lived in the pre-contact Hawaiian Islands. Nowhere else in the world can you find the variety or quantity of loko i‘a (fishponds). Because they are located where land meets sea, fishponds catch everything that flows downstream, from nutrients to pollutants, making them an important way to judge the health of the land as well as of the oceans. Located in He‘eia Uli on the island of O‘ahu, the He‘eia fishpond is the longest in the islands, measuring 1.3 miles.
Volunteer Tip: Help rebuild the fishpond by repairing the kuapa (fishpond wall) using pohaku pele (volcanic rock) and ko‘a (coral) or by removing invasive mangroves and seaweed in the area. Community work days occur on Friday mornings, and every second and fourth Saturday of the month. paepaeoheeia.com