The Makaha with Uncle Fred

Our recent class trip to the Waikaloa Loko Fishpond taught us about the Hawaiian umu, a rock fishtrap. Uncle Fred taught our class how the early Hawaiians built the umu. He said that Hawaiians during ancient times would make a chain of people to pass the rocks from the mountain to the sea to make the kuapa (sea wall). This took the teamwork of all Hawaiians building together. The kuapa was built to make fishponds. Hawaiians would raise the baby fish so they can grow big and be used for food for everybody to share and feed one another. We can all learn from the early Hawaiians and how they respected nature.

by Thomas


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