Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond

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Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond information

Lihuʻe , USA
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This overlook on Hulemalu Rd offers an oft-photographed vista of the Huleʻia Valley. The Huleʻia River twists below a verdant ring of peaks, the majestic Haupu Mountains. The river is walled off at one bend to form a 39 acre loko wai (freshwater fishpond) known as the ‘Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond. Local legend attributes construction to the Menehune, the dwarves of Hawaiian mythology, hence the alternate name. On the north side of the river lies the 240-acre Huleʻia National Wildlife Refuge a breeding ground for waterfowl. The refuge is closed to the public, except for certain river tours.