Photo By Peter Watts
Kaloko Fishpond

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The Kaloko Fishponds in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park are really beautiful. They are set in a quiet and little visited NHP and this panorama was taken from the wall of the pond. The contrast between the white rock of the wall and the black lava boulders was very striking. A few people were happily playing in the water, but as there are no hotels here and few facilities the numbers were low. Fantastic.


Kaloko Fishpond - Hawaii Island visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Kaloko Fishpond' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.

Panorama of Kaloko Fishpond in the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (NHP) on Hawaii Island. Please refer to the panorama of Honokohau Bay and Beach for further information about the Kaloko-Honokohau NHP. As can be seen from this panoramic image, the fishpond is a popular place for swimming and snorkeling.

The Kaloko Fishpond is a 'loko kuapa', and the walls are made of dry stacked stones without the use of mortar to enclose the mouth of a small bay. The walls of Kaloko Fishpond are purposefully angled to diffuse the energy of the waves while allowing fresh sea water to penetrate through the porous lava rocks enter the fishpond. There is a large sluice gate (makaha) which gives another means of allowing fresh water into the pond while preventing larger fish from escaping. The Fishponds are among the great engineering feats of Hawaiians, their number and development is not rivaled anywhere else throughout Polynesia. There are currently plans to make Kaloko Fishpond an active and productive fishing resource once again.


Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Highway 19 ( Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy.)
Kailua Kona, HI 96740


From Kailua-Kona take the I-8 (Queen Kaahumanu Highway) north for 3 miles. A small left turn leads from the highway to the Honokohau Small Boat Harbour. Park in the dirt parking lot next to the harbor, then walk through the reserve to the beach.

Helena Smith - 10 Jul, 2007 23:46
Fascinating to see this. In Scotland, pre-20thC fishing copied this method. 2ft walls built just above low tide mark to trap in shellfish for hand collection. Similarities end there - Hawaiians do fishing much better. They do beaches much better, too :)

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