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5 must-see Oahu historic sites you haven't been to yet


He‘eia Fishpond

A short drive north on the Windward Oahu coast from Ulupo Heiau is another historic site that anyone can visit, tour and, on certain days in the summer, fish.

One of Oahu’s most historic Hawaiian fishponds, He‘eia Fishpond hosts community fishing events over several days each summer, where people can cast their fishing rods into the 800-year-old fishpond, currently under restoration.

A source of food for ancient Hawaiians who lived in this area, the walled fishpond encloses 88 acres of brackish water. It is built on a fringing reef extending from the shoreline into Kaneohe Bay. The ocean-facing wall of the fishpond is 1.3 miles long, forming a circle around it.

The nonprofit Paepae O Heeia (www.paepaeoheeia.org) cares for, protects and is in the midst of restoring this natural resource. The organization offers two types of fishpond tours: a one-hour guided walking tour and three-hour field trips for larger group. The three-hour trips include a service project working in the fishpond. 

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