Discover Ancient FishpondsO‘ahu
ANCIENT HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS are a good example of aquaculture at its finest.
Hawaiians are the only Polynesians known to harness the ocean’s bounty using brackish-water ponds near the ocean for stocking and harvesting fish. The system allowed Hawaiians to control algae, a major food source for fish.
During ancient times when the ponds were controlled by the ali‘i (chiefs), most of the fish was reserved for their consumption.
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Further north on Kamehameha Highway is the HUILUA FISHPOND, located on the east side of Kahana Bay. The pond is a National Historic Landmark and is usually only visible at low tide.
The MOLI‘I FISHPOND, owned by Kualoa Ranch, is the only one that is still operational and commercially successful.