Kalepolepo Fishpond

Kalepolepo Fishpond, in Kihei, Maui, is the remains of ancient Hawaiian fishpond estimated to have been built between 1400-1500 AD. This type of fishpond uses lava rock and coral walls to keep water circulating while a wooden sluice gate allows small fish to enter the pond to feed, but prevents them from leaving after they grow too large to slip between the gate’s gaps. The image here shows the remnants of a once active fishpond. It was registered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The image is taken from the rooftop of the Menehune Shores, a long standing condominium complex, the accessible roof for residents of which offers stunning views; and, the ground floor of which, open to the public, is one of Maui’s best Indian restaurants.

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