The Menehune Fishpond (also called Alekoko Pond), near Nawiliwili Harbor, is an ancient Hawaiian fishpond that legend says was built by the pre-Polynesian Menehune culture. The fishpond is estimated to be at least 1,000 years old and apparently predates the arrival of the first Polynesian settlers. A 900-foot ancient dam, built by the Menehune, separates the pond from the Huleia River. In ancient times, the fishpond was of major importance since fish was a significant source of protein.
Recently, a restoration project has removed the invasive red mangrove from the fishpond and replaced with native vegetation.
The pond is on private land but can be seen from an overlook on Hulemalu Road. A plaque at the overlook has information about life on the pond. There is parking for several cars in a pullout area. Several outfitters offer kayak tours of the Huleia River that pass by the pond, including the Kipu Safari Adventure and the Hidden Valleys of Kauai Waterfall Swim, Kayak and Hike Adventure.
The Menehune Ditch, in Waimea, is also attributed to the Menehune.
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Menehune Fishpond Photos
The road to the Menehune Fishpond from Nawiliwili Harbor.
ABOVE: The Haupu Mountain Range
Panoramic view shows the fishpond and surrounding area.
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