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Menehune Fishpond Kauai

This ancient Hawaiian Fishpond can be seen from an overlook on Hulemalu Road. Legend states it was built by the Menehune, leprechaun-little people, in one moonlit night. Archeologist date ...

Hulemaiu Road, Lihu'e, East Kauai

This ancient Hawaiian Fishpond can be seen from an overlook on Hulemalu Road. Legend states it was built by the Menehune, leprechaun-little people, in one moonlit night. Archeologist date the pond to pre-Hawaiian times, around 1,000 years ago. The fishpond fronts the Hule'ia Stream. The wall between the pond and the stream is 900 feet long - an engineering marvel considering when the pond was built. Today the fishpond is privately owned and is no longer in use.

Directions:
Take Highway 50 east toward Puhi. Turn right on Puhi Road just past Mile Marker #2, across the street from Kauai Community College. At the end of the road, turn left on Hulemalu Road. The fishpond is on the right and can be seen from the overlook.

Useful Information:
Overlook located on Hulemalu Road has informational plaque about life in the fishpond
Fishpond is privately owned and is no longer in use
Ancient ponds were a necessity for Hawaiians as fish were the main source of protein in their diet

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