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Kelii Kotubetey, Assistant Executive Director

Paepae o Heeia

As part of their mountain-to-sea ahupuaa system, ancient Hawaiians built walled fishponds, an advanced form of aquaculture found only in Hawaii, that provided them with a steady supply of fish even when ocean and weather conditions were not favorable for fishing. After contact with the West in the late 18th century, these fishponds fell into decline. In 2001, a group of young Hawaiians decided to restore Heeia Fishpond, an 88-acre fishpond approximately 600-800 years old in Windward Oahu. Today, non-profit Paepae O Heeia is dedicated to restoring and caring for Heeia Fishpond. As Paepae O Heeia brings the fishpond back to life, the non-profit actively shares how the ingenuity and wisdom of their Hawaiian ancestors resonates today.

"Fishponds allowed Hawaiians to thrive in abundance on the islands for generations and we can do it again if we follow their lessons," explains Kelii Kotubetey, Assistant Executive Director of Paepae O Heeia. "Hawaii imports most of its food. We have a solution right here with the fishpond and are committed to using ancient strategies and technologies to help solve our modern food security issues and live more sustainably."

The revitalization of Heeia Fishpond underscores the vibrancy and power of Hawaiian history and culture in today's world where living sustainably is an important goal. "Fishponds are not historical museum pieces," states Kelii. "They are historical yet modern food producing marvels unique to Hawaii and the world."

Hawaiian fishponds can also provide a lesson for living more responsibly: "Our ancestors built this fishpond to last generations and hundreds of years. We need to behave, act, and make decisions that will have a positive impact hundreds of years from now," continues Kelii.

Paepae O Heeia welcomes volunteers to assist with the restoration and rehabilitation work at the fishpond. Saturday Community Workdays, the second and fourth Saturdays of each month 8:30 am-12 pm, involve moving rock and coral, filling buckets, hauling floating barges through the water, removing invasive mangroves and seaweed, trash pickup and wall reconstruction. On Friday Mornings 8 am-12 pm, volunteers are welcome to join the staff in the many of the same activities. Paepae O Heeia also offers one-hour guided Walking Tours to learn about the fishpond's history and the Hawaiian ahupuaa system, and three-hour Field Trips for groups that include a fishpond tour, service learning project, and related lessons.

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USS Battleship Missouri - "All Hands on Deck"
Nearly 4,000 volunteers dedicated their time and energy abroad the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 2017. Collectively, each of those volunteers provided 13,795 hours of service, which equates to more than $315,000 in in-kind services and savings to the historic Mighty Mo. As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on volunteers. Their contributions are essential to the Battleship Missouri Memorial's operations. Come see the Battleship that touched the lives of many and the honorable work by the hands of our volunteers to keep a very important piece of American history alive for the generations to come. Tickets available at www.ussmissouri.org
Polynesian Cultural Center - Sustainable Dining
Deliciously crafted meals go beyond the Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Our very own Chef Felix visits the auction daily to source the freshest local fish for his dishes at Pounders, an Ocean Friendly Restaurant who has made a commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. Our commitment ensures that we do not use expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam) and that all proper recycling practices are followed. This means that only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request. There are also no plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders. Become a part of the solution while dining out, book your visit today and save 10% when booking in advance!
Hilton - Book 4 nights, get the 5th night free
Stay 4 nights, and get the next one free in Waikiki. Spend another day in paradise enjoying all the fun things to do - including 5 unique pools, waterslides, the award-winning beach, Friday night fireworks and nightly live entertainment. Book the "Another Day in Paradise" package now!

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