Since our inception in 1998, we have always had two main goals: 1) the revitalization of Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond and 2) to use the fishpond as an educational tool to teach the public about its cultural and historical significance and its connection to our environment.
We work with the community to perform fishpond wall restoration and maintenance and when funding is available, we hire skilled masons to rebuild the wall. The wall is in need of continuous maintenance and repairs and Mother Nature is one of the biggest challenges for fully restoring the wall. Over the last two decades, numerous swells, hurricanes and even tsunamis, have affected the wall restorations that we have performed. So we stay steady and persistent and with the community’s help, we maintain the wall, one rock at a time.
As an educational tool, Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond is an incredible outdoor living classroom where history, sciences, social studies, math and many other educational lessons can be taught. Therefore, we work with school groups and the community to educate their participants about the value of fishponds and their importance to our Hawaiian culture and environment.