The Waikalua Loko Fishpond was lovingly preserved and managed from 1995-2015 by Kia `I Loko (caretakers) at the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society (WLFPS). An intensive effort by students, community groups, public and private partners, and individual members of the greater community, the project’s stewards breathed new life back into the 400 year old fishpond. As each stone was put back on the wall and each native plant took root, a foundation was laid for a healthier and sustainable future, honoring the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Kāne‘ohe ahupua’a.
In 2016, the board of directors of the WLFPS declared their mission was successfully completed, and the fishpond was given to the Pacific American Foundation for future care and preservation.
From the old stone walls of the Waikalua Loko fishpond to the verdant walls of the magnificent pali, the Kāne’ohe ahupua’a holds clues to a rich cultural and natural heritage. As educators in this awe-inspiring place, we have opportunities to help students discover and embrace that heritage and carry forward the practices that will help us to live more in harmony with the land and sea today.
Future generations should not be deprived of knowing and understanding our collective past or their own personal histories because we allowed significant cultural and historical places to disappear. Preservation means embracing the challenges associated with protecting these places with passion, commitment, and dedication. Preservation means providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to empower communities to ensure their legacies endure. It is important to remember that the power of preservation resides in the people. In the face of ever-increasing extensions of urban centers, highways, and developments, governmental programs and activities are often not enough to protect our cherished places.
Rosalyn Dias Director Waikalua Loko Fishpond Phone: (808) 392-1284 Roz@thepaf.org
Mahalo nui to our partners who contribute so much to our preservation and education efforts and help make our community a better place.