Kaloko Fishpond

Rock wall fishpond at Kaloko-Honokohau NHP
The Ancient Hawaiians built fishponds to raise fish to feed the people.

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Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
Largest Fishpond wall in the State of Hawai'i, significant fishpond for Kamehameha I, Hawaii's most famous chief
National Historical Park

Beach/Water Access, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Toilet - Vault/Composting

Kaloko fishpond, literally translated as "The Pond" was a favorite of King Kamehameha I, Hawaii's most famous Ali'i (King).

Kaloko Fishpond is an excellent example of a loko kuapā type fishpond which has a characteristic feature of a kuapā (or seawall) made of water worn lava. The wall extends out from two points and has an ‘auwai (channel) that is used mainly for water flushing or inflow, depending on the rising and dropping of the tides. This auwai is also used during harvesting and stocking. The seawall is 30-40ft. wide and 6 ½ ft high. stretching for 250 yards and is the largest retaining fishpond wall in the state. The native Hawaiians built this wall by dry-stacking the water worn stones and built 2 channels called ‘auwai kai and placed a mākāhā (or sluice gate) in the channel.

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

Last updated: April 9, 2021