Blending culture and technology to restore Hawaiian fishponds

With the goal of preserving loko iʻa or Hawaiian fishponds, 15 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty and students and more than 30 representatives from 18 traditional Hawaiian fishponds across four Hawaiian islands gathered together to share resources. The three-day workshop blended cultural and environmental resilience with contemporary technology.

In addition to building their own tide gauges, participants visited Heʻeia Fishpond to talk with local kiaʻiloko about traditional measures of fishpond health and to see the new technology in action. The goals of the workshop, organized by Brian Glazer, associate professor of oceanography, and Loko Iʻa Coordinator at KUA Brenda Asuncion, included: information exchange to blend local and traditional coastal knowledge about loko iʻa with contemporary sensor technologies and oceanographic research; review lessons learned, understand fishpond restoration challenges, explore environmental sensor needs and knowledge gaps; and chart a course for developing future collaborations and success stories.

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