MCC Loko iʻa collaborative restoration PICCC film

The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC), a PI-CASC partner organization, released resources developed through their Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI), including six short films on climate change adaptation efforts. One focused on an exciting collaborative restoration of loko iʻa (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) in Keaukaha.

The restoration effort at Honokea Loko Iʻa is led by Hui Hoʻoleimaluō and is supported by a UH Hilo graduate research project led by Kamala Anthony, Cherie Kauahi, and Steve Colbert and funded through UH Hilo’s Manager Climate Corps (MCC) (see related project pages below).

Honokea loko fishpond with still waters reflecting the sky surrounded by coconut trees and containing an island with hala trees on top.
A serene morning at Honokea Loko Iʻa. This traditional Hawaiian fishpond restoration led by Hui Hoʻoleimaluō is the union point of not only a number of different ecosystems, but also of community, cultural practitioners, and researchers; all constantly adapting to the shifting conditions that characterize this distinct, longstanding practice in food security. Photo Credit: Jeff Orig.




Kamala Anthony
Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Cherie Kauahi
Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Steven Colbert
Assistant Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo