Fisheries and Fishponds
If you have heard moʻolelo passed from the old ones continuously through time of Kona the memories of a rich fisheries arises. From our offshores to nearshore it was known to be waiwai or containing an immeasurable wealth. Fishponds like Kaloko play a crucial role in contributing to this waiwai through the estuary system which provides necessary habitat for native species. These species and their habitats rely on wai or water to function and thrive. Though many know fishpond as feeding people they also stocked the offshore and nearshore fisheries. Kaloko Fishpond is a nursery for limu, koʻa, iʻa, manu, and more! Our kūpuna harnessed the energy of this space shaping, supporting, and creating an ecosystem known as loko iʻa for life to thrive.
Here at Kaloko as the lifestyle and culture changed rapidly post-western contact, influence, and force resulting in the health of the fishpond declining. We are in the process of rehabilitating the space to once again be a thriving fishpond that supports healthy people, relationships, diets, fisheries, and ecosystems.
We invite you to join us to learn more down at the loko.
The name "Kaloko" translates into "the pond." There is a rich history that connects this place to the Kamehameha lineage and high ranking Maui chiefs. Overtime, numerous individuals and families have cared for this wahi. Each are unique and special providing a glimpse into traditional fishpond aquaculture.
Kaloko Fishpond is a 11 acre loko kuapā located in the ahupuaʻa of Kaloko in the Kekaha Region of Kona on Hawaiʻi Island. There are two ʻauwai or channels that allows water and fish to pass into the fishpond. To the north, west, and south we have four kiʻo pua or nursery ponds.
ʻAmaʻama or native mullet and awa or milkfish are two fish species that were raised and harvested.