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
The Kamehameha Schools: Land Assets Division, ʻĀina Ulu Program
This was an awesome project to work on. Congratulations and mahalo to Paepae o He’eia for 10 great years and many, many more!