PAEPAE O HE'EIA VOLUNTEER WORK
Paepae O He’eia is the oldest non-profit fishpond organization on the island of O’ahu. Out of the six different styles of fishponds that the Hawaiians would build, He’eia was created using the loko iʻa kuapā technique. Not only is the organization one of the oldest of its kind, the fishpond itself is one of the largest fishponds in the entire Hawaiian Islands.
Due to a massive flood in 1965 that destroyed around 200 feet of the fishpond wall, along with a mangrove overgrowth that rendered other parts of the wall unpassable, the fishpond went out of use for 25 years before volunteers began to restore it. Today, Paepae has community workdays that allow people to participate in the restoration process.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Saturday Community Workdays – These are large volunteer days on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of most months during the year. RSVPS ARE REQUIRED!!
The day begins at 8:30am and ends at 12pm with lunch provided by our staff.
We encourage individuals and large groups to sign up. Work available on community workdays is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Please bring the following items to the workday:
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Weekday Mornings – Most weekday mornings our staff gathers from 8a – 12p to tackle large tasks in and around the fishpond. Tasks include hauling rock and coral, building wall, mangrove removal, site maintenance, and anything else that needs to get done. If you’d like to join us, RSVPS ARE REQUIRED. Lunch is not served but hopefully our staff is good company. Please come prepared with the following (you will need it!!):