The Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is located just south of Kona International Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii. This lovely historic site includes Aimakapa fishpond, vital today as a refuge for many native and migratory wetland birds. Looking back in time, Aimakapa Fishpond was a loko pu’uone. This type of pond consists of a large water area trapped behind sea dunes. A channel was dug from the pond to the ocean to allow for water circulation and exchange. Aimakapa Fishpond was used to raise fish for the ali’i (chiefs) and is thought to be over 600 years old.
Your help is needed to keep the fishpond & and its surrounding eco-system healthy. While clearing habitat for native birds and fish, we are in a race with mother-nature to remove invasive plant species before they further choke the park. You will also have fun learning about this often overlooked scenic sight from dedicated stewards in partnership with the National Park Service. With the help of voluntourist like you, we will restore and maintain an important and historic Hawaiian method of land & water use.
- Meet dedicated volunteers with a connection to the land & sea on Hawaii’s Big Island
- Serve on a National Historical Park site few get to see
- Learn how Hawaiians developed an advanced method of sea & land use that spread throughout the islands
- Bring potluck lunch to talk-story at the end of the workday (weather permitting)
Know Before You Join
- Must be able & willing to work in muddy conditions, while bending, and using hand tools
- Please be respectful of the area as it is culturally & historically significant
- Note: this activity is located on the Big Island of Hawaii (not the same island where Honolulu is located).