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Nonprofit group to restore ancient Lanai fishpond

WAILUKU >> A fishpond on the coastline of Lanai that is believed to be 800 years old is being restored this summer by children and adults.

The Maui News reports that the nonprofit Lanai Culture & Heritage Center began work to restore the Waiopae fish pond last month with the help from some 140 children and teens.

The restoration project is a public-private partnership between the nonprofit and landowner Pulama Lana’i.

The group hopes to restore the pond’s barrier by building a 2,000-foot long, crescent shaped wall that will be 500 feet from the shore at its farthest point.

The restoration project is the first program under a new bill that passed this year which simplified the permitting process for groups applying to restore and maintain Hawaiian fishponds.

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