Ho‘okele file photo

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Navy, Air Force and community volunteers, along with crew members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule‘a will conduct a cleanup at Loko Pa‘aiau fishpond this Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Hokule‘a is currently docked at Rainbow Bay marina located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and will depart today, Friday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. The arrival marked a historic first sail into Pu‘uloa for the legendary voyaging canoe.

In addition to military volunteers, the McGrew Point residents and the Ali‘i Pauahi Hawaiian Civic club will help with the cleanup, clearing of trash and removal of invasive plants along the shoreline, including mangrove and pickle weed.

Loko Pa‘aiau fishpond is a historic site that once provided a stable food source for the Hawaiian chiefs and commoners.

It is one of only three fishponds on the base still relatively intact. The ancient sluice gate is still visible, with upgrades made by subsequent residents before it became military housing.

An estimated 360 fishponds once existed across the chain of Hawaiian Islands through the late 19th century.

Navy Natural Resources manager Rebecca Smith and Archeological Resource manager Jeff Pantaleo will give a short brief about the fishpond and the restoration efforts. Kehaulani Lum, president of the Ali‘i Pauahi Hawaiian Civic club will conduct a traditional Hawaiian oli (chant).

In addition, an Ahua Reef wetland restoration event will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Volunteers can help restore the Ahua Reef coastal wetland by creating a habitat for indigenous plants and birds. Activities will include pulling invasive weeds and trash pickup.

Ahua Reef wetland is located on the Hickam side of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, near Hickam Harbor and Hawaii Air National Guard.

Volunteers need to wear closed-toed shoes, and should bring sunblock, water, a hat and snacks. Boots, long sleeves and long pants are recommended since conditions will be wet and muddy.

Navy Natural Resources will provide tools, gloves and water fill-ups at Ahua Reef.

To volunteer for the Ahua Reef wetland restoration event, please RSVP to Corrina Carnes at 291-9053 or email

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