In 2001, a small group of young Hawaiians came together to form Paepae o Heʻeia. Their work was centered around the 80-acre traditional Hawaiian fishpond in Heʻeia and involved restoring and caring for this special place. Over the last 10 years, Paepae o Heʻeia has evolved to become a leading center of knowledge and traditional practice for people of all ages from keiki to kūpuna.
This short video shares the history and successes of Paepae o Heʻeia’s first 10 years and was premiered at POH’s annual Hoʻolako Fundraiser. Here are some photos from that great night!
Paepae o He’eia is a private non-profit organization dedicated to caring for He’eia Fishpond – an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He’eia, Ko’olaupoko, O’ahu. Established by a group of young Hawaiians, Paepae o He’eia works in partnership with landowner, Kamehameha Schools, to manage and maintain He’eia Fishpond for the community.
Paepae o He’eia was established to mālama He’eia Fishpond and serve as kia’i to this precious resource and treasure.
To reach our vision, we utilize the strengths of the fishpond as a place of learning to weave ancestral knowledge together with Western ways of knowing to achieve our goals.
Hiʻilei Kawelo, Keliʻi Kotubetey, Mahinapoepoe Paishon Duarte, Neil Hannahs, Ulalia Woodside