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Loko Kuapa, giclee print by Carol Araki Wyban.
A kuapa fishpond consists of a long rock wall that captures part of the sea and connects it to the land. This body of water that was once part of the ocean becomes a manageable resource to be stocked, managed and harvested. These ponds can range from an acre to several hundred acres in size. The large Loko Kuapa belonged to the Ali'i Chiefs and were not for use by commoners.
Dimensions: Framed 11.5″ x 14.5″
To learn more about Carol and her artistic process visit her bio page here.
This giclee print is part of the Fishpond Technology: From Fishing to Fishponds.
Hawaiians observed nature. They conceived of, built and operated aquaculture systems. Ancient fishponds were in operation centuries before Europeans came to Hawai'i. Their tools were their intellect, their hands, rocks and trees. The following Figures describe the basic technology of Fishponds and how they took the leap from fishing to aquaculture.