The Hawaiian walled fishpond stands as a technological achievement unmatched elsewhere in island Oceania. Hawaiians built rock-walled enclosures in near shore waters to raise fish for their communities and families. It is believed these were first built around the fifteenth century.
Ko‘ie‘ie Loko I‘a (also called Kalepolepo Fishpond) is the smallest and northernmost of three documented ponds that were present in Kula Kai along the coast of Kihei, Maui. The presence of these fishponds would have significantly increased food production by providing quantities of fish species such as ‘ama‘ama (mullet) and awa (milkfish) to an area that received relatively little rainfall (average of 12 inches annually.)