Laupahoehoe PCS – December 2015

The field day conducted by the Mahope program with Laupāhoehoe PCS (Laupāhoehoe, Big Island). The students were introduced to the fundamental construction, development, and historical aspects of loko‘ia (fish pond) at Kaloko Honokōhau National Historic Park located at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. The massive loko‘ia is one of over 200 hundred ancient Hawaiian sites within the park indicating a large thriving settlement. The students were acquainted with the features of the loko‘ia by the Park Rangers, such as, the mākāhā (sluice gate), kuapā (pond wall) and their relationship with tides, swells, catch and growth within traditional aquaculture. The Park Rangers lead a discussion with the students concerning the ecology of the area, native plants and animals that inhabit the park.

Trevor Lee