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Hi‘ilei Kawelo

Executive Director – Paepae o He‘eia

Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu

We have had the pleasure to get to know Hiʻilei through the amazing work sheʻs doing restoring and managing the Heʻeia Fishpond, the largest remaining fishpond on Oʻahu. Their goal is to restore the pond and revitalize the efforts toward growing fish as a sustainable food source for the community. Through education, fundraising through groups like Ama OluKai, and a lot of back-breaking labor – the fish pond serves as a living reminder of a time when Hawaiʻi was self-sufficient. Raised in Kahalu‘u by her skilled fishing family, she has been a student of the art and science of lawai‘a (fishing) and of Kāne‘ohe Bay her entire life.