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Monday, October 3 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hawaiian Culture - 488 Fishponds: Restoring a Unique Hawaiian Invention

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Loko iʻa (fishponds) in Hawaiʻi were recognized as places of abundance to nourish thriving communities. Hear about the ongoing work and growing movement from kiaʻi loko across Hawaiʻi - these are the guardians, stewards, and caretakers of loko iʻa that remain important sources of sustenance for their communities.

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Brenda Asuncion

Brenda Asuncion was raised in Waipiʻo (ʻEwa, Oʻahu) and her foundational relationship to loko iʻa comes from volunteering and working at Heʻeia fishpond with Paepae o Heʻeia. Heʻeia continues to teach, feed, and nurture her family to this day. Now at the local non-profit Kua‘āina... Read More →

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Loke Aloua

Loke Aloua is a kamaʻāina of Kona on Hawaiʻi Island. They serve Kaloko Fishpond as a kiaʻi loko (fishpond guardian) with Hui Kaloko-Honokohau. This grassroots community group is dedicated to the education and inspiration of all things loko, protecting and enhancing ecosystem health... Read More →

Peleke Flores

Peleke Flores was born in Hilo, Hawai‘i and raised in Waimea, Kaua‘i. A graduate of Waimea High School and Kapiolani Community College, he transferred to UH Manoa, majoring in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies, with special focus on Mālama ‘Āina. He served as the K... Read More →
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Hi‘ilei Kawelo

Hiʻilei Kawelo is one the founders of Paepae o Heʻeia and has been its Executive Director since 2007. Paepae o Heʻeia is a small non-profit organization that cares for Heʻeia Fishpond, an 88-acre, 800-year old traditional Hawaiian fishpond located in Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu... Read More →

Monday October 3, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST