Menehune Fishpond (Alekoko)

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About Menehune Fishpond (Alekoko)

Description


Menehune Fishpond (Alekoko) is said to have been built by mythical little people in one night, long before Hawaiians arrived to the islands. One of the structures greatest feats is a 900-foot-long stone wall that runs alongside the Huleia Stream. Like Kauais Menehune Ditch, the fishpond is considered a unexplainable engineering achievement. No one can confirm whether Menehune actually built the pond, but evidence shows that it was constructed at least 1,000 years ago! (Photo: Collin Grady on Flickr)

History


Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the Menehune Fishpond was built with stones from Makaweli village, some 25 miles away. Hawaiian legend states the Menehune formed an assembly line from the fishpond location to Makaweli, passing stones one-by-one from start to end point. No longer in use, the fishpond once trapped young fish from Huleia river until they grew large enough to consume.

The Menehune Fish Pond is located adjacent to the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Kauai
  • Duration: 5-10 minute stop at scenic lookout.
  • Insider Tip: Alekoko means bloody ripple in Hawaiian.
  • Fun Fact: Some say menehune originates from the Tahitian word manahune, which means commoner. Thus, menehune might refer to small in social status, not in height.
  • What to Expect: Huleia River and the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge in the Nawiliwili district of Kauai.