Hawaiian Fishponds Are Rebounding In The Face Of Rising Seas And Invasive Species Community caretakers have been adapting traditional practices to modern day challenges in an effort to restore these once-productive food sources.

Kamala Anthony has heard many stories about Kaumaui. Aunties and uncles from her Keaukaha community used to hang out and throw parties on the lush three-acre property in Hilo and she’d pass it a thousand times as she grew up down the street.

With grassy hills and gardens, Kaumaui’s most prominent feature is the intricate loko i‘a, or Hawaiian fishpond, framing the property. Anthony remembers the Okazaki family who used to live there, farming tilapia and mullet in the connected ponds and inviting their neighbors to come fish.

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