Menehune Fishpond

Ken Kusaka

Lihue, United States

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This is my first scenic shot so i used a lot of photoshop here. this was my 2nd days of shooting a camera and the first day with my D40.

I was not originally going to upload this because my goal here is to show parts of Kauai that not everyone see’s but when i was shooting i had an older Gentleman pull up in his rental and he had to ask me about the pond. i had not noticed but the signs that once told the story of the pond had been trashed so he was unsure. I wasn’t bothered but i realize that maybe he was not the only one who did not know what he was looking at. So for anyone who has visited my home and was not sure what you were looking at here is the skinny on this lovely pond.

_Built more than 500 years ago, the Menehune Fishpond in Nawiliwili has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. Clever fishponds like this were built to catch fish, and the Menehune Fishpond is one of the finest examples of this type of ancient Hawaiian aquaculture.

The legend that surrounds the fishpond is based on the mythical Menehune, Hawaii’s mischievous little people who performed legendary engineering feats. The Menehune lived in the forest and hid from humans. According to legend, the Menehune built this entire fishpond in one night.

The fishpond is located near the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge and can be viewed from an overlook on Hulemalu Road. The wall dividing the pond from Huleia Stream is 900 feet long, five feet high, and meticulously assembled with lava rock. Perhaps the work of the magical Menehune?_
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http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai/plan/things_to_do...

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