Menehune (Alekoko) Fishpond


Kauai, HI 96766

NileGuide Expert tip:

Read the plaques at the lookout for a full history.


The Alakoko (Rippling Blood) Fishpond is commonly known as Menehune Fishpond. Overlooking the Hule'ia River and the Ha'upu ridge on the far side, the pond tells the story of Hawaiian history and myths. This fishpond has been used to raise mullet and other com- mercial fish. But unlike most other fishponds, which are built along the edge of the ocean, this pond was constructed along the riverbank and is said to have been built by the menehune in just one night.

Legend says that these little people built the rock wall surrounding this pond for a royal prince and princess and made only one demand: that no one watch while they were working. It's said that throughout the night the menehune passed the stones needed from hand to hand in a 25-mile-long line. Meanwhile, the prince and princess grew curious and watched from nearby. The menehune saw them and turned the royal pair into two pillars of stone that you can see on the mountain overlooking the pond. The small workers stopped their work and left holes in the wall. To get here, follow Hulemalu Road until you see the overlook. It's a beautiful sight.


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