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Hawaiian News: Waikalua fishpond

Kaohua Lucas Kaohua Lucas
Lilia Taua Lilia Taua

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian traditions and modern science converge to restore productivity at Waikalua Fishpond in Kâneʻohe. Amy Kalili has more.

It's an 11-acre fishpond, it's called a loko kuapâ.

Kaʻôhua Lucas

Education Coordinator, Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society

He 11 ʻeka ka nui o kçia loko kuapâ.

He pôʻaiapili hoʻonaʻauao waiwai nô ʻo Waikalua Loko a ua lilo aku nei he lumipapa ʻepekema no nâ haumâna kula kiʻekiʻe o Kamehameha Kapalâma, he 250 a ʻoi no ʻelua lâ.

Waikalua Loko is a rich educational environment and recently became a two-day science classroom for over 250 Kamehameha High School students.

Well we're looking at the temperature of the pond, the saltiness of the water in the pond. They're also going to be looking at dissolved oxygen, which is an indication for biological life and its productivity.

Floyd McCoy

Professor, Windward Community College

E ana ʻia ka wela a me ka nui paʻakai o ka loko iʻa a pçia pû ka ʻokikene e kâlailai ʻia ai nâ mea ola o loko.

E kâlailai ʻia kçia ʻikepili e ʻohi ʻia i mea e hoʻolâlâ ʻia ai ka papahana e hoʻôla hou ʻia ai ka loko iʻa.

Data will be used to restore Waikaluaʻs productivity, which is the goal.

Wahi a kekahi o nâ kahu o ka loko iʻa, ua ʻohi ʻia ma kahi o ka 7,000 paona o ka iʻa mai ʻaneʻi aku i kçlâ me kçia makahiki ma mua.

Historical accounts show up to 7,000 lbs of fish being harvested here annually.

We should be producing our own food and I think that's what our fishponds are for to make us more self-sustaining.

(kaʻohua)

Hiki nô ke hoʻolako meaiʻai mai ka loko iʻa aku.

ʻO ka maopopo a kamaʻâina maoli i ke ʻano e ola ikaika ai ka loko iʻa, he pili kçlâ ma kekahi ʻano i kçia mea ʻo ka ʻepekema.

Understanding the loko like our kupuna did is where the science can come in.

Our kûpuna were scientists and they still are today. They didn't have the technology that Western science has, but they did have their own form of technology, which was through observation.

(kaʻohua)

He poʻe ʻepekema ka Hawaiʻi. ʻOkoʻa ka ʻenehana akâ, ʻo ke kilo aku, he mâhele koʻikoʻi o ka ʻepekema i maʻa iâ lâkou!

ʻO ka ʻike kuʻuna Hawaiʻi e ʻimi ʻia nei me ka hoʻohana ʻana i ka ʻenehana o kçia wâ, he ʻike a he mâkau i maʻa wale i ko kâkou mau kûpuna, a he mea ia e haʻaheo ai nâ haumâna.

What modern technology can help us understand today was second nature to ancient Hawaiians, and that's something the students were proud of.

Ua ʻaʻo mâkou waiwai nâ mea i hana ʻia e nâ kûpuna i ka wâ kahiko, no ka mea ʻaʻole maʻalahi ka hana ʻana i kçia loko iʻa akâ ua hana wale lâkou no ka mea ua pono iâ lâkou ka meaʻai.

Lilia Tauʻa

Papa 9, Nâ Kula ʻo Kamehameha - Kapâlama

Our kupuna were akamai and skilled. Caring for the pond was a huge task but they did it well and fed their people.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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