Native Hawaiian Fishpond

aerial view of a Kōʻieʻie Loko Iʻa fishpond

The historical fishpond named Kōʻieʻie fronts the visitor center on Maui and provides a natural classroom for educational efforts. The three-acre pond is one of the last remaining intact traditional fish ponds along the south Maui coastline.

The sanctuary partners with ʻAoʻao O Nā Loko Iʻa O Maui (Association of the Fishponds of Maui), which is working to protect and restore the ancient fishpond in order to educate the public about traditional Native Hawaiian values, practices, and traditions.

A major restoration of the ancient Hawaiian fishpond by ʻAoʻao O Nā Loko Iʻa O Maui is currently taking place. Stone by stone, the fishpond association workers and volunteers are rebuilding the wall by hand using traditional methods.

Learn more about historic Hawaiian fishponds.