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Moi harvest highlights Heeia pond traditions

HAWAII - During the hundreds of years that fishponds were a key food source in Hawaii, each had a caretaker who lived nearby and oversaw its aquaculture operation. </b> <br><br>The group that now manages Heeia Pond wants to revive that tradition by building a modest but modern caretaker&#39;s cottage by the 88-acre fishpond on Kaneohe Bay. <br><br> The building would allow someone to live on site and guard against poaching of fish, crabs and limu in the pond, said Mahina Duarte, executive director of Paepae O He&#39;eia, the nonprofit group that has managed the fishpond since 2001 in cooperation with landowner Kamehameha Schools. <br><br> The need for such a building is highlighted by the harvest this week of Paepae O He&#39;eia&#39;s first crop of moi from the pond, said Keli&#39;i Kotubetey, one of seven &quot;core members&quot; of the group of mostly 30-something professionals of native Hawaiian ancestry. <br><br> <i>Source: Star Bulletin</i>

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