Aloha, E Komo Mai!  Welcome to Waikalua Loko Fishpond, lovingly preserved and managed from 1995-2015 by Kia `I Loko (caretakers) at the Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society (WLFPS) and stewarded now by The Pacific American Foundation. 

For two decades, an intensive effort by students, community groups, public and private partners, and individual members of the greater community, 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.

–Rosalyn Dias Concepcion, Director | Phone: (808) 392-1284 | Roz@thepaf.org

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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 be enabled to know and understand our collective past and their own personal histories, so we must not allow significant cultural and historical places to disappear.

Preservation means embracing the challenges associated with protecting these places with passion, commitment, and dedication.  It means providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to empower communities to ensure their legacies endure. We must 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.   — Trinia Evensen, Kaheohe Volunteer


Mahalo nui to our partners who contribute so much to our preservation and education efforts.

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Hawaii Tourism Authority
Harold K. L. Castle Foundation
Hawaii Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
University of Hawaii at Manoa; College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Sea Grant National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association  (NOAA)
Minami Foundation, Kokokahi YWCA
Kapiolani Community College
Aloha Aina – Luluku; Hawaii Pacific University
BYU Hawaii; Chaminade Univerity
Kaneohe Community Family Center
Windward Church of the Nazarene
Science Olympiad
Kamehameha Schools
St. Anthony’s School
Rotary Club of Kaneohe
Kaneohe Business Group
5r’s; Iida Construction
Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
NAPALI,  Historic Hawaii Foundation Hui Malama o Loko I’a