Kalahuipua’a (Mauna Lani Fishponds)

Explore ancient Kalahuipua’a Fishponds in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Discover sustainable aquaculture, Hawaiian history, and cultural activities at Mauna Lani Resort.

Kalahuipua'a (Mauna Lani Fishponds) is a Heritage Site located in the city of Waikoloa on Big Island, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Discover the ancient Kalahuipua’a (Mauna Lani Fishponds) in Waikoloa on Big Island, Hawaii. This unique attraction offers a glimpse into Hawaiian history and culture, making it a must-see destination for visitors.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Kalahuipua’a (Mauna Lani Fishponds) is the seven ancient fishponds that are still actively producing fish, showcasing ancient Hawaiian ingenuity and sustainable aquaculture practices.
  • Activities: Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour around the fishponds, learning about the history and techniques used in managing them. Additionally, you can participate in cultural activities offered by the Mauna Lani Resort, such as hula lessons and lei-making workshops.
  • Information: Kalahuipua’a (Mauna Lani Fishponds) is open to the public daily, with no entrance fees. The best time to visit is during the early morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are cooler and the lighting is ideal for photography.
  • History & Significance: Kalahuipua’a (Mauna Lani Fishponds) were once managed by Hawaiian chiefs (ali’i) and were utilized as a sustainable food source. The ponds are fed by freshwater springs and tidal action, making them a unique and important part of Hawaiian history and culture.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water to stay hydrated during your exploration. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning scenery and the unique features of these ancient fishponds.

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