Aloha Thursday Evening Patrons,

Just a reminder! On Thursday evening October 17th, the UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program continues its public outreach series at the City and County of Honolulu’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Thursday October 17,

Revitalization of Loko I‘a (Fishponds) Throughout Hawai‘i

Brenda Ascuncion, Loko I‘a Coordinator, Kua‘aina Ulu ‘Auamo

Loko I‘a are walled fishponds found on the coast. Their walls extend into the ocean, making the water in the pond brackish with salt water from the ocean and fresh water from the land. Often, the wall would completely encompass the pond, even along the land. Embedded within the walls are small breaks called mākāhā or slew gates. One gate was placed next to the ocean within the break and another was placed on the inside near the pond. These mākāhā could be lifted up and down to allow certain fish into the pond and to trap the desired fish between the gates. Building a loko i‘a was a task that everyone within the ahupua‘a partook. Rocks for the wall were passed down, person to person, from the upland rock quarries and were fitted very tightly to each other to prevent the escape of any fish. To learn more show up next Thursday!

As always, these events begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the theater at the Hanauma Bay Education Center. Events are free and open to the public, with no charge for parking after 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you on Thursday evening! These programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at


Shawn Carrier, Outreach Education Specialist

UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program