Nearly 1,000 years ago, before Western contact, the people of Hawaii created a system by which to supply themselves with a constant source of fresh fish. Ancient Hawaiian fishponds were typically a flat, shallow area of reef protected by a low lava rock wall built offshore, which allowed water and small fish to enter the pond: the fish would then grow and become too large to exit the pond. Many fish thrived in the brackish water of these fishponds and would breed, providing a constant and easy food source for the people of Hawaii. This unique and advanced aquaculture is found nowhere else in the world. The islands were once full of fishponds that have long since deteriorated, but these 11 historic fishponds are still intact – and still as picturesque as ever.

The history of our beautiful Hawaiian Islands certainly is fascinating. If you liked this post, we think you’ll enjoy reading “14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The History Of Hawaii.”

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