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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Have you ever visited the Huilua Fishpond before? Did you remember to take your camera? If so, join our Hawaii Nature Lovers Facebook group and share your shots of the fishpond — and anywhere else in Hawaii you love!

Address: Huilua Pond, Hawaii 96717, USA