Native Food, Native Stories: He‘e: Fishing Traditions of the Kawelo Family


He’eia Bay runs from Kane’ohe to Kualoa and for 800 years, some of O’ahu’s most productive fishponds were located just off its shoreline.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered that octopus, too, are known to be plentiful.  Here, you see Hi'i lei and her father, Gabby Kawelo, caretakers of He'eia Fishpond at Paepae O He'eia.  They'll be doing the he'e presentation at Bishop Museum.

The Bishop Museum and the UH medical school are collaborating on a series entitled Native Food, Native Stories.  The next presentation, The Lure and Lore of He‘e: Fishing Traditions of the Kawelo Family  is scheduled for this Thursday, May 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in Bishop Museum’s Atherton Hālau. There will be a tasting afterwards.   To reserve a space, please call (808) 847-8296 or email General admission is $10, Bishop Museum members are free.  Find out more about educational programs at He'eia Fishpond at

Hi'ilei and her father, Gabby Kawelo at Paepae O He'eia

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