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Kahea Loko

By The Pacific American Foundation

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Title: Kahea Loko  
Author: The Pacific American Foundation
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Science, Hawaiian Culture
Collections: Science, Authors Community, Literature, Favorites in India
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Publisher: The Pacific American Foundation
Member Page: Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center


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Kahea Loko is "the call of the pond. " From the ocean currents surging through the stone-walled channels to the excited cries of haumana (students) discovering fishpond life, the loko ia (fishpond) calls to us in many ways. From the broad perspective of the ahupuaa (major land division), the loko ia helps us to appreciate the connection between land and sea and to experience the rhythm of tides and seasons. From an intimate perspective, the pond leads us to discover how the tiniest life forms fit into the web of pond life. The loko ia calls to us to honor the values, traditions, and achievements of Hawaiian kupuna (ancestors) so that we may incorporate these into our own lives. These kupuna had the highest regard for the loko ia believing in the interrelationship of all things: sky and earth; ocean and land; land and human; human and gods. "The Hawaiian and all other natural forms of his world were the beneficiaries of this primal cadence and flowed with the rhythm of the universe" (Kanahele, 1997). The Hawaiians' intimate knowledge of life cycles, seasonal rhythms, and tides and currents was the foundation for the remarkable engineering feats they achieved in the construction of loko ia. Hawaiian kupuna revered the mauli (life force) of the fishpond. This humility and respect for all things, living and nonliving, helped them to be pono or in balance with nature. Values such as mahalo, aloha, and malama had multiple meanings for these kupuna, and these values were deeply imbedded into the culture, language, and lifestyle. It is our kuleana (responsibility) as teachers to enlighten our students—using these values within contextual frameworks such as the loko ia so that our haumana can connect with and nurture that life force inside themselves and in their environment. The overall goal of Project Kahea Loko is malama i ka aina (to care for the land)—to help our students understand why it is so important to conserve cultural and natural resources and to discover how we can restore and care for our historic fishponds.

"Let that which is unknown become known. " John Papa Ii (1959) Let us not allow the broken walls of the loko ia (fishponds) to separate us from that which was known and practiced in the past. The foundations of the walls are still evident, as are the wisdom and knowledge of our kupuna. The reflections of the sun, moon, and stars upon our waters are as old as time. Let these be beacons of light to guide our haumana (students) to these ponds of knowledge. Let us help them rebuild the walls of these living resources where they can gather, as did the pua ia (fish fry), to grow and be nurtured. With education and inspiration, the legacy of our ancestors can be preserved and passed on to future generations, a mau a mau, (forever and ever).

Table of Contents
Unit Introduction. 1-1 -- Grades 4 - 5 Unit at a Glance. 1-5 -- Loko Ia. 1-7 -- Mauka to Makai: The Ahupuaa. 1-31 -- Grades 6 - 8 Unit at a Glance. 1-35 -- Pacific Patterns: Traditional Fishing and Land Use. 1-37 -- From Fishtraps to Fishponds. 1-49 -- Grades 9 - 12 Unit at a Glance. 1-61 -- He Aina Momona: A Land Sweet and Fertile. 1-63 -- Ka Hana Noeau a na Kupuna: The Wise Deeds of Our Ancestors. 1-71 -- Unit Introduction. 2-1 -- Grades 4 - 5 Unit at a Glance. 2-3 -- Recipe for a Fishpond. 2-5 -- Lokahi Game. 2-11 -- Grades 6 - 8 Unit at a Glance. 2-21 -- Seasons and Tides: Marine Responses to Celestial Changes. 2-25 -- Kai Moku: The Turn of the Tide. 2-43 -- Grades 9 - 12 Unit at a Glance. 2-65 -- Passing on the Energy. 2-67 -- Investigating Interrelationships. 2-73 -- Unit Introduction. 3-1 -- Grades 4 - 5 Unit at a Glance. 3-5 -- Engineering Ingenuity. 3-7 -- Catch It! Grow It!. 3-11 -- Haku Mele Aloha: Composing in Hawaiian. 3-21 -- Grades 6 - 8 Unit at a Glance. 3-29 -- Whose Kuleana Is It Anyway. 3-31 -- Fishpond Fall. 3-57 -- Grades 9 - 12 Unit at a Glance. 3-77 -- Learning From the Past. 3-79 -- Huli Kanaka. 3-87 -- Unit Introduction. 4-1 -- Grades 4 - 5 Unit at a Glance. 4-5 -- Exploring a Fishpond. 4-7 -- Grades 6 - 8 Unit at a Glance. 4-15 -- De-Bait Goes On!. 4-17 -- Malama Loko Ia. 4-29 -- Grades 9 - 12 Unit at a Glance. 4-41 -- Discovering Density and Diversity. 4-43 -- Malama Ola. 4-49 --


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