Reflections from Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa Gathering 2020

(Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu) ~ Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa is a growing consortium of fishpond practitioners and stewardship organizations from across Hawai’i. In February 2020, over 170 indigenous scientists, kia’i loko and grassroots aquaculture practitioners from arounf the Pacific gathered in the ahupua‘a (traditional land division) of He’eia, O’ahu for the 2020 Hui Mālama Loko I’a Annual […]

The rise of fishpond restoration a sign of hope in difficult times

In May of 2019, over 100 kiaʻi loko (fishpond caretakers) and supporters gathered at the Waialua Church Pavilion on Molokaʻi for the 2019 Annual Gathering. Hosted by Uncle Leimana Naki of Kahina Pohaku in Moanui, they shared knowledge, discussed, restored, built, and continued to set intentions for their mission: to empower a network of kiaʻi loko whose kuleana is to reactivate, restore, and cultivate loko iʻa guided by loko iʻa culture in pursuit of ʻāina momona for ʻohana and communities.

Loko Iʻa Gathering 2019: Building a fishpond, a hale, and a community

In May of 2019, over 100 kiaʻi loko (fishpond caretakers) and supporters gathered at the Waialua Church Pavilion on Molokaʻi for the 2019 Annual Gathering. Hosted by Uncle Leimana Naki of Kahina Pohaku in Moanui, they shared knowledge, discussed, restored, built, and continued to set intentions for their mission: to empower a network of kiaʻi loko whose kuleana is to reactivate, restore, and cultivate loko iʻa guided by loko iʻa culture in pursuit of ʻāina momona for ʻohana and communities.

Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa Gathering 2017: Kaiāulu Hanakahi

(Kulapae, Waiākea, Hilo, Hawaiʻi) ~ In April 2017, over 100 kiaʻi loko and supporters gathered in Keaukaha and Waiākea, Hawaiʻi for the 2017 Annual Gathering. They participated in various workshops and restoration projects hosted by Honokea Loko, with support from Hale o Lono, and Waiāhole fishponds. They also took part in a reactivation ceremony at Lālākea fishpond in Waipiʻo Valley on the Hāmākua Coast.