Hilo Loko Iʻa
We’re on Hawaiʻi island in the district of Hilo, along the stretch of coastline known as Keaukaha—learning about loko iʻa, traditional Hawaiian fishponds—and the partnerships that make the Loko Iʻa in the district of Hilo so successful!
Journey with us as we meet the individuals who have taken on the cultural responsibility, kuleana, to steward these special places, build partnerships, and revitalize the productivity of loko iʻa along Keaukaha. We visit with Kamala Anthony and Manoa Johansen, founders from the community organization Hui Hoʻoleimaluō at Honokea Loko (along with Nāhōkū Kahana). Next, we head inland to an area known as Kaumaui, where we talk with educator, Sheri Frias, and students from Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, who are working with Hui Hoʻoleimaluō to rehabilitate the Kaumaui loko wai (fresh water ponds). Then, we head back oceanside to Hale o Lono Loko Iʻa, where we talk with the caretaker and communications officer, Luka Kanakaʻole, from the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation.
- Hui Hoʻoleimaluō
- The hui
- Wahi pana
- Video: Building Climate Resiliency at Honokea Loko I‘a
- Kaumaui site project in collaboration with Hawaiʻi Land Trust
- Mālama Loko I’a: Salinity and Primary Productivity Relationships at Honokea Loko, Hale O Lono, and Waiāhole/Kapalaho on Hawai’i Island, Hawai’i, by Kamala Anthony
- Follow Hui Hoʻoleimaluō on Facebook or Instagram @huihooleimaluo
- Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo
- Hale o Lono Loko Iʻa
- Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation website
- Q&A with Fishpond Educator and Caretaker Luka: Hawaiʻi Magazine article
- Restoring Hawaii’s past, for the future: Report for University of Hawaiʻi Hilo Marine Option Program
- Follow Hale o Lono on Facebook or Instagram @hale_o_lono
- Keaukaha Community Association
- Hawaiʻi County Parks: Map
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Kanesa Seraphin, Ph.D.