Loko i'a

Hungry for fish? Learn about traditional Hawaiian fishponds at Kalāhuipuaʻa, Hawaiʻi.

Unit lesson

Loko Iʻa

Video Questions

1) How old are the loko iʻa, or fishponds? How do we know how old they are?

2) What are loko iʻa used for? How does the system work?

3) How is the mākāhā, or sluice gate, related to the idea of sustainability?

4) In a loko iʻa, what is the difference between pua, or fingerlings, and natural predators? Give examples.

5) Some families and organizations in Hawaiʻi are restoring traditional loko iʻa to be used as a food source. In what ways could these efforts help Hawaiʻi in the long term?

6) What would you need to be able to construct a loko iʻa? How might you become involved in loko iʻa restoration?


Video Vocabulary

1) loko iʻa

2) hoahānau

3) wahi pana
sacred or storied place

4) ʻili kūpono
an independent ʻili land division

5) ahupuaʻa
a land division stretching from the mountains out into the sea

6) district
a large land division such as Waiʻanae or ʻEwa on Oʻahu

7) sediment
dirt and other materials settled on the bottom of a river or body of water

8) kapu
restricted, sacred

9) kahu

10) kiaʻi

11) mākāhā
sluice gate; part of the fishpond where water can go in and out

12) nutrient
a substance that we need to live and grow

13) brackish
mix of fresh and salt water

14) limu
algae, seaweed


Guiding Questions