WHAT THEY DO
Paepae o He’eia is a private non-profit organization dedicated to caring for He’eia Fishpond – an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He’eia, Ko’olaupoko, O’ahu. Established by a group of young Hawaiians, Paepae o He’eia works in partnership with landowner, Kamehameha Schools, to manage and maintain He’eia Fishpond for the community. Paepae o He’eia was established to mālama He’eia Fishpond and serve as kia’i to this precious resource and treasure.
ABOUT THE HISTORIC PROPERTY
Located in He‘eia Uli on the island of O‘ahu, He‘eia Fishpond is a walled (kuapa) style fishpond enclosing 88 acres of brackish water. The kuapa is built on the Malaukaa fringing reef that extends from the shoreline surrounding the pond out into Kāne‘ohe Bay. Built approximately 600-800 years ago by the residents of the area, the kaupa is possibly the longest in the island chain, measuring about 7000 feet long and forms a complete circle around the pond. This is unique as most fishponds are either straight lines or half circles connecting one point of shoreline to another.
HOW TO HELP
Paepae o He’eia is always looking for volunteers to help restoration efforts. We appreciate many different levels of volunteer involvement, from scholarship recipients working off service hours to researchers to employee staff development participants.