Monday, June 8, 2009

Lā Hana – a work day at Waikalua Loko fishpond in Kāne’ohe

Sign up for Kane'ohe fishpond work day

What does an ancient Hawaiian fishpond look like? How did our kūpuna (ancestors) build and maintain it? What kinds of fish were grown and harvested from the loko I’a (fishpond)?
The Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society announces Lā Hana – a work day at Waikalua Loko fishpond in Kāne’ohe. The scheduled date is June 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. ‘Ohana, individuals, school and community groups will have an opportunity to learn about the ancient Hawaiian fishpond while supporting restoration efforts.

Volunteers will spend time removing mangrove – an invasive tree that traps silt and prevents water circulation in the pond. Depending on the tides, volunteers may have an opportunity to rebuild the 350-year-old pond wall. We will also have a chance to
remove invasive limu from the fishpond. Please come prepared to work.

Anyone interested in helping to mālama our loko i’a (fishpond) must pre-register. Please contact Andrea at 263-8202 OR e-mail to register. Our fishpond is located just ma kai of Pū’ōhala Elementary School in Kāne’ohe. Pre-registration is important! We are ONLY accepting the first 150 volunteers who register.

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