Saturday, February 24, 2007

Waikalua Loko Fishpond

This is Waikalua Loko Fishpond in Kaneohe, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. It consist of 11 acres of brackish water. There are three sources of water that feed into the fishpond. Kawa stream is to the left of the picture, Waikalua stream is to the right of the picture, and Kaneohe Bay (not pictured) is behind the photographer. The fishpond is cared for by the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society. Puohala Elementary School students are stewards as the 4th graders participate in pulling mangrove and replanting the akulikuli plant. Situated at the end of Kulauli Street in Kaneohe the school is within walking distance providing the children with a learning experience that integrates the culture of chanting before you enter, and closing the day in a community circle. Hosted by Ka'ohua Lucas and Herb Lee of the Pacific American Foundation, this fishpond continues to thrive due to the commitment of community servants. This experience teaches the students the importance of taking care of the environment in which they live so that future generations will have a kuapa fishpond to cultivate fish as the Native Hawaiians had hundreds of years ago.

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