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KALOKO

Kaloko literally translates to mean “the pond.” Kaloko and ʻAimakapā are two loko iʻa in this area.

  • Moʻolelo (stories) tell of a spirit named Kumakapuʻu who sits on the kuapa (sea wall) to protect the resources within the loko iʻa.

  • The kuapa (sea wall) provides protection from waves, and was constructed at an exact angle to deflect the force so the kuapa can withstand large waves.

  • ʻOʻopupoʻowainuianiho, Kalamanuʻunuianoho and Kihawahineikiananea are three goddesses who also protect the iʻa (fish) in the pond. It is said that when the pond is red, the goddesses are in the loko iʻa (fish pond). When the pond becomes green they have left, and the iʻa can be caught again.

  • ʻAimakapa is a loko puʻuone, a fish pond separated from the ocean by sand. This loko iʻa (fish pond) has provided food for aliʻi (chiefs) for over 600 years and was claimed by the aliʻi Kamehameha in the 1800s.

  • In addition to the loko iʻa, ʻaiʻopio is an important resource for people living in this area. ʻAiʻopio is a fish trap that was constructed by carving out a passage through a natural rock enclosure.