Moli’i and ‘Apua Fishponds

Explore ancient Hawaiian aquaculture at Moli’i & ‘Apua Fishponds in Kaneohe, Oahu. Witness breathtaking beauty, history, and ingenuity in a serene retreat.

Moli'i and 'Apua Fishponds is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kaneohe on Oahu, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Moli’i and ‘Apua Fishponds

  • Overview: Discover the ancient Moli’i and ‘Apua Fishponds in Kaneohe on Oahu, Hawaii, a testament to the ingenuity of early Hawaiian aquaculture. These picturesque fishponds offer a unique glimpse into the past and a serene retreat from the bustling island.
  • Highlights: Moli’i Fishpond is one of the largest and most well-preserved fishponds in Hawaii, while ‘Apua Fishpond offers a more intimate experience, surrounded by lush vegetation and a low stone wall.
  • Activities: Visitors can partake in guided tours of Moli’i Fishpond offered by Kualoa Ranch, which includes a garden and fishpond tour or an ocean voyaging tour to Secret Island. For ‘Apua Fishpond, visitors can explore the area on their own, starting from Kualoa Regional Park.
  • Information: Moli’i Fishpond tours are available through Kualoa Ranch, and reservations are recommended. There are no entrance fees for ‘Apua Fishpond, which can be accessed from Kualoa Regional Park. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from April to October, for optimal weather conditions.
  • History & Significance: Both Moli’i and ‘Apua Fishponds are believed to have been built by the Menehune in a single night, dating back 600 to 960 years. Moli’i Fishpond remains operational today, raising native fish species, while ‘Apua Fishpond fell into disuse in the early 20th century.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit, consider booking a guided tour for Moli’i Fishpond to gain a deeper understanding of its history and function. For ‘Apua Fishpond, wear comfortable shoes and bring insect repellent as you explore the area on foot. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning views of the fishponds against the backdrop of the majestic Koolau Mountains.

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