Fred Takebayashi served as a docent educator, caretaker, and “resident” kupuna for the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society. He grew up in his family’s home located only a block away from Waikalua Loko I‘a. His family were farmers who grew various crops and raised fish in the Hawaiian fishpond.
He worked as a teacher and administrator for the Hawai‘i Department of Education. In retirement Fred served as a docent for students of all grade levels visited the Fishpond’s outdoor classroom and laboratory and restoration worker.