Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond Cultural Canoe Tour

The only Hawaiian Cultural Fishpond Canoe Tour on Maui

Built more than 400 years ago, this Hawaiian cultural treasure is being revitalized by `Ao`ao O Nā Loko I`a O Maui.

Aboard a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, you and your guests will paddle along the northern coast of Kīhei and experience Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond and the nearshore waters of South Maui. You will be introduced to the Hawaiian culture as you glide by the walls of the fishpond and explore the marine environment filled with corals, turtles and humpback whales (during the season) in the far distance. You will also learn about our Hawaiian language as you listen to traditional Hawaiian chants recited by your tour guide.

Tours are currently offered from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. on the days that are available on our reservation system.  Reservations must be made by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the tour. Tours may be cancelled or rescheduled due to bad weather. Participants will meet on the shore of the fishpond at our canoes. The nearest locations to our site are Kalepolepo Park and NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Seats are limited, reservations are required and donations are appreciated. All participants must be able to swim and must be 8 years old or older. All funds are used to support our non-profit organization, our fishpond restoration, education and outreach programs.

“One of the coolest things we've done on Maui!

Truly a great experience! This is a morning excursion, and it works by providing a donation to this non-profit organization, which focuses on preservation of Hawaiian culture thru preservation of the fishpond (“revitalizing a wall, revitalizing a culture”). Our family of four adults (not teens, but certainly appropriate) met our guide on the beach by the fishpond at 8 am, and he started by providing background on traditional Hawaiian appreciation of the land and sustainability. He was great! We then launched the canoe (yes, the four of us with our guide), got in, and started paddling. We participated in some Hawaiian chants as we paddled, caught a few waves, and helped to seed the fishpond with specific types of seaweed that are attractive to certain fish. We were back on the beach by 9:30. We got a workout (although our guide did a lot of the work), learned a lot, and helped a good cause. Highly recommend!
CornMann, Tripadvisor

Awesome cultural AND canoeing experience!!

Want to learn a bit about Hawaiian culture AND paddle an outrigger canoe (no experience necessary)? This activity is for you. We first learned a bit about how ancient Hawaiians corralled and nurtured ocean fish here in what is an original fish farm! Then our guide, Kimokeo Kapahulehua, showed us the work this organization is doing to restore the lava rock walls of this ancient Hawaiian fish pond site. Finally, the three of us paddled out a ways in an outrigger canoe to view the second ring of the fishpond. I can’t say enough good things about Kimokeo’s expertise about Hawaiian culture AND about his gentle manner and patience with us, two canoeing clutzes. Kimokeo is also a major outrigger canoe expert (next year he and 13 others will paddle a double outrigger from Hawaii to Tahiti — a mere 2000 miles away – to reenact ancient Polynesian canoeing skills!!). And he has some awesome tattoos of his Hawaiian “totem,” the sea turtle. Check it out!
MUNTH / Lexington, Kentucky

This was an excellent adventure.

The paddle out was not too far, there was good information given out, and they did not try to sell anything…Scholarma \Seattle, Washington Trip Advisor

This is the only Hawaiian Cultural Fishpond Canoe Tour on Maui and it’s been the highlight of many residents and visitors of Maui.

NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

The nearest locations to our site are Kalepolepo Park and NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

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