Peaceful Scenery And History Collide At Hawaii’s Huilua Fishpond

Long before Western contact, nearly 1,000 years ago, 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 this historic fishpond is still intact — and just as picturesque as ever.

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Address: Huilua Pond, Hawaii 96717, USA