Malama I Na Loko I‘a – Fishpond Restoration
Ka Honua Momona cares for two 15th-century fishponds—Alii and Kalokoeli—a few miles east of Kaunakakai Town. KHM has recently secured a 35-year lease on both ponds from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Each year we receive approximately 10,000 hours of volunteer service to help us care for these environmental and cultural treasures.
Restoration activities include removing aggressive non-native species such as mangrove and gorilla ogo, rebuilding our kuapā (rock wall) and makahā (sluice gates), restocking native species, and monitoring water quality and sedimentation levels.
As we remove the invasive mangrove plants that have been choking our fishpond walls, limiting shoreline access, trapping sedimentation in the ponds, destroying important native habitat, and blocking our freshwater sources as well as our makaha (sluice gates), we are truly beginning to restore the momona (health and abundance) of Alii and Kalokoeli.