The goal of this project is to engage secondary charter school students in academically rigorous science based studies that examine the ecological life of He'eia fishpond. All projects are aligned with Hawai'i State Content and Performance Standards and Nā Honua Mauli Ola Through these studies, participants will be able to assess the current situation of He'eia fishpond thus allowing POH to plan future endeavors of native fish and algae accordingly.
Hakipu'u Learning Center, grades 7 12
Hālau Kū Mana, grades 7 12
Ke Kula o Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau, grades 7 12
Fish Rearing/Stock Enhancement
Crab abundance studies
Algae (limu) Experimentation
Predator population control
Invasive Species Eradication
Student presentations of projects at various state wide conferences
Annual showcase of projects to participant's families and school faculty
Allow students to organize and lead activities for their families to learn about the pond
Created the 2005-6 He`eia Fishpond Snapshot Moon Calendar
Created the 2006-7 He`eia Fishpond Moi Poster
This project is sponsored in part by:
Participating charter schools
** This project is currently on hold for 3 years (2007-2010 school years) due to fishpond caretaker's residence renovations **
Charter School student, Kauakea Olds, participates in a self-designed fish counting project
Paepae o He‘eia and Hui Ku Maoli Ola/ Papahana Kuaola, two He‘eia-based organizations, have partnered together to offer internship opportunities to Ko’olaupoko youth and young adults. The He‘eia Ahupua‘a Internship Project provides a unique opportunity to work outdoors and learn skills important to restore, preserve and protect the resources within the ahupua‘a. Participants will spend the large majority of their time at two sites: He‘eia Fishpond and Waipao (He‘eia Mauka).
The concept behind this internship is to nurture the mauka/makai ahupua‘a relationship. Work will include: fishpond restoration, aquaculture activities, native plant propagation, lo‘i (taro terrace) restoration and reforestation. In addition to physical work, participants will gain knowledge about wahi pana (place names) and cultural sites within Ko‘olaupoko, native and non-native plant and animal species, and get to experience new sights and sounds. This is a paid internship.
DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR SPRING 2010 INTERNSHP!
• Spring 2010 Informational Flyer
Enjoy some pictures from our Fall 2009 Internship:
Funding for the He’eia Ahupua‘a Internship Project is made possible through grants sponsored by the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation and The Kamehameha School.
The goal of this project is to enhance students' connection and understanding of their kuleana (responsibility) at He'eia fishpond as a means to perpetuate the legacy of the founder of the Schools, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
KS 4th Grade
KS 6th Grade
KS 7th Grade
KS 8th Grade
KS 9th and 10th grade Biology Classes
Invasive plant removal on the kuapā (fishpond wall)
Movement of rock and coral to select sites on the wall for building purposes.
Non-organic trash removal from wall.
Native and non-native invasive plant identification
Basic fishpond lore, ecology and management practices
Students help move tons of pöhaku (basalt) and ko'a (coral) to rebuild the kuapā
Students collect over 500 pounds of non-organic trash since September 2005.
• With the help of a curriculum developer, created lesson plans specific to KS participants • In 2006-7, KS 6th graders held bake sale fundraisers and generated over $800 in donations for the continued restoration efforts at He`eia Fishpond!
Sponsored in part by Kamehameha Schools
Did you know that Princess Bernice Pauahi, the founder of Kamehameha Schools, wrote that He`eia Fishpond was a place where she would go to find solace, peace, and rest?
The impetus behind Hui Mālama Loko I'a was Walter Ritte and his desire to see a network established for fishponds statewide to communicate and share resources. He shared this idea with Paepae o He'eia and together with his organization, the Hawaiian Learning Center (Keawanui, Moloka'i), we organized and hosted the first Statewide Fishpond Consortium at He'eia State Park in 2004.
The "Hui" was organized at that initial Consortium and teams for each island and an O'ahu hub were established. The members of the hub are Paepae o He'eia, Kualoa Ranch, and Waikalua Fishpond. The hub was awarded a Mo` Bettah Together grant from the Hawai'i Community Foundation which funded the 2nd Statewide Fishpond Consortium in 2005 held at Kualoa Ranch. The Hui hopes to continue these annual gatherings to support fishponds statewide and to encourage communication and resource-sharing from fishpond to fishpond.
Past Consortium Gatherings:
• 2004 He`eia State Park, Oahu
• 2005 Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
• 2006 Mauna Lani Resort, South Kohala
• Next Gathering --> Hopefully Summer 2010 . . . Moloka`i
For more information, please email us at email@example.com or click here to view our Hui Mālama Loko I'a group page. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/huimalamalokoia)
This project is sponsored in part by:
Paepae o He'eia
Research collaborations and initiatives are driven by our organization’s desire to develop and improve our knowledge base. This, in turn, will help to help guide our future management strategies and actions at He’eia Fishpond.
“The Role of Bottom Sediments on Nutrient Cycling in He’eia Fishpond”
(Kathleen Ruttenberg, Brian Glazer, Margaret McManus, UH Manoa Oceanography)
“Coupled Iron-Phosphorus (Fe-P) Cycling in a Coastal Hawaiian Environment”
(Rebecca Briggs, UH Manoa Oceanography)
“Influence of Sediment Composition on Sedimentary Oxidation Rates within a Hawaiian Coastal Fishpond” (Amanda Ricardo, UH Manoa Oceanography)
"Sorption Characteristics of Dissolved Phosphorus Compounds onto Iron (Oxy)Hydroxides in Seawater" (Dan Sulak, UH Manoa Oceanography)
"Detection and Quantification of Alkaline Phosphatase in He'eia Fishpond" (Danielle Hull, UH Manoa Oceanography)
"Fate and Biogeochemical Transformations of Riverine Particulate Phosphorus and Iron Across the Continent-Ocean Interface: A Tropical System Case Study" (Chip Young, UH Manoa Oceanography)
"Sorption and desorption characteristics of dissolved organic and inorganic phosphorus compounds on iron (oxyhydr)oxides" (Dan Sulak and Kathleen Ruttenberg, UH Manoa Oceanography)
July 2003-July 2004, Water Quality Grid (Ka’eo Duarte, Hui Konohiki, UH Manoa)
July 2005, He’eia Fishpond Nutrient Diurnal Study (Ka’eo Duarte, Lynn Ngo, UH Manoa)
July 2005, He’eia Fishpond Sediment Depth Study (Ka’eo Duarte, Nitta Wolfgramm, UH Manoa)
August 2005-April 2007, Native Limu and Native Fish Feasibility Study
May 2006, Growth of Sea Asparagus on Floating Saltwater Cultivation Platforms in He’eia Fishpond
Spring 2007, Culturing the Feather Duster Worm Sabellastarte spectabilis in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i
February 2007, O’ahu Invasive Alien Algae Removal Initiative
June 2007, “Distribution Characteristics of a Photosynthetic Benthic Microbial Community in a Marine Coastal Pond” (Sarah Vasconcellas, UH PIPES Intern)
Charter School student, Ikaika Wise, participates in a self-designed Water Flow Comparison Project at the fishpond mākāhā