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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. paepaeo­

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