Pani ka Puka

Posted by Keli'i Kotubetey on December 3, 2014

Kani ka pū! The conch is sounded! Spread the word!

Paepae o Heʻeia is very proud and excited to launch its “Pani ka Puka” campaign to raise the funds and mobilize the volunteers needed to fix the large puka we call the “makai break”.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $100,000 needed for the repairs as well as mobilize hundreds of volunteers in the community to assist with the physical labor needed to fix the wall by the end of 2015.

“The Pani ka Puka Campaign will allow the fishpond to be productive once again through traditional aquaculture activities such as the cultivation of herbivorous fish,” says Hiʻilei Kawelo, Executive Director. “Fishponds are the original example of sustainable aquaculture and the hope is that the pond will be able to provide a source of healthy and sustainable protein for our families and communities again.  There are less than a dozen usable fishponds left on Oʻahu, and this is an important cultural tradition that we have the opportunity to preserve and pass onto our children.”

Over the course of 12 months, rock and coral will be stacked along the original alignment of the fishpond wall in the Hawaiian drystack style using no mortar or machinery. The retsored wall will connect the two open ends of the puka and be 15-25 feet wide and 5-10 feet high. It will also incorporate a new mākāhā (sluice gate), hale kiaʻi (guard house), and walking bridge. At the end of the Pani ka Puka campaign, the fishpond will be operational and productive again just like it was 800 years ago.

Join us in the next 12 months in any way you can (with your wallet, with your sweat, with your positive mana) to help us finally fix the 50-year old puka in the pond wall and set us on a course of revitalizing Heʻeia Fishpond and the cultivation of seafood one pōhaku at a time.

Click here for the Pani ka Puka Launch Press Release

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