Paepae o He’eia is an Ancient Fishpond in Kaneohe on the windward side of the island, about an hours drive from both Waikiki and the North Shore. It represents the Hawaiʻian’s form of aquaculture that has been used throughout the islands for centuries as a way to cultivate young fish to maturity. Preserving these sites, many of which are historical, is an ideal way of performing Mālama (care for the land). Kū Hou Kuapā means to “Let the Wall Rise Again which is the goal of the program. Paepae means foundations O He’eia means the neighborhood.
How to help:
Paepae o He’eia welcomes volunteers to lend a hand every Friday (8 a.m. to noon) and on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (8:30 a.m. to noon). Guests can assist staff with site maintenance, such as hauling rock and coral, building walls, removing invasive plants and moving floating barges through the water. RSVPs are required.
Feature Image Photo Credit: Hawaiʻi Islander