Welcome to the Aloha ke Akua Chapel at Kahaluu Fishpond!
The wondrous beauty of over 40 acres at the base of the lush Ko'olau Mountain range with the calming waves of Kaneohe Bay invite you to experience the most spectacular dream in paradise at the historic Kahaluu Fishpond in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
The Aloha Ke Akua Wedding Chapel and the Pohai Ke Aloha Pavilion & Garden Area are now available for exclusive bookings! The Aloha Ke Akua Wedding Chapel is operated exclusively by Watabe Wedding. For more information on their wedding packages, call: 808-931-4111
For other questions, please contact Linda Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kahaluu Fishpond, historically known as Kahouna Fishpond, on Kāneʻohe Bay in windward Oʻahu, is one of only four surviving ancient Hawaiian fishponds on Oʻahu that were still in use well into the 20th century. In the previous century there were at least 100 such fishponds around the island. Kahaluu Fishpond was in use until about 1960 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, after members of the surrounding community raised concerns that it would be destroyed by development. The fishpond is the result of a semicircular seawall built in Kaneohe Bay on the Island of Oahu. Made of stacked stone, gravel, and coral, the nearly 1,200 foot wall creates a somewhat impenetrable 35-acre bay within the bay. In practice, fishponds were massive construction projects that formed the basis of Hawaiian aquaculture. The walls allowed nutrient-rich water to flow through the wall but prevented fish from swimming out.
Ancient Hawaiians were the first islanders in the Pacific to make use of ponds and fish farming. Hawaiians developed aquaculture to supplement their other fishing activities. Permanent fishponds guaranteed a food supply for the population in lean times and increased the wealth of the managing chief. In a culture that honored the earth's abundance, fishponds symbolized the connection Hawaiians forged between themselves, the aina (land), and the akua (gods). Shrines at fishponds honored Ku—god of war, fishing and canoe building—and his wife Hina. Built at the eastern end of the pond, a Ku shrine was often an erect stone symbolizing the rising of the sun, procreation and the protection of the fish in the pond. The Hina shrine was placed at the western end, a stone lying flat to symbolize the setting of the sun, growth and procreation.
Excerpts pulled from: hawaiihistory.org and wikipedia.org
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