Ua lawa makou i ka pohaku

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Hiilei Kawelo and her team of fishpond managers in Heeia called for volunteers to help "pani i ka puka," or close a gap in the wall of the 800-year old aquaculture complex.

They called for 1,000 people. Nearly 2,000 people came.

Here's what they said on their blog:

The call was made. You responded. And what a morning it was! On December 12th between 7:30a and 12:30p, nearly 2,000 people from across the street, across our island chain and even across the Pacific joined us to turn a vision and dream into reality. The 50-year old puka in Heʻeia Fishpond is a puka no more. The human chain line spanning 2,000 feet moved several tons of coral and rock and the final mākāhā without it ever touching the ground. In our estimation, this feat and outpouring of community strength on behalf of fishpond restoration has not been seen in Hawaiʻi in over 200 years.

From the depths of our fishpond to the depths of our naʻau, Paepae o Heʻeia would like to extend its deepest and sincerest feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to each and every one of you helped to make December 12th and the entire Pani ka Puka campaign a success. There were so many individuals, businesses, multi-generation families, schools, and committed strangers who became friends who contributed to this process. This fishpond will become productive again because of all of you.

Paepae o Heeia has community workdays on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of most months. Learn more at their website.

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