Kamala Anthony

Kamala Anthony


Honokea Fishpond

Hilo, HI USA

When you’re so stoked on your job that you’re just going to keep improving and getting better, that’s how you know where you’re supposed to be.


By Roadtrip Nation

Kamala Anthony


My road in life has been direct.
She originally went to college at Humboldt University, but the weather was too cold; she wanted to be able to be outdoors!
So she returned to Hawaii to explore her options, and decided to study abroad in Belize for a semester.
Again she returned home to study marine science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo...but there was too much math involved.
After switching into the agriculture program to study aquaculture, she started to feel like she’d found her passion.
She took an internship studying local water quality, but she started to feel like she was getting restless again.
Looking around for new aquaculture projects, she saw loko iʻa—or community fishponds—were popping up across the islands.
She grabbed a couple of her friends, said, let’s start our own local fishpond, and they “just started jamming.”
Honokea Fishpond has become a local gathering place, as well as a test case for the effects of global warming on groundwater.



I share the community and culture behind the practice of lokoiʻa (Hawaiian Fishpond) maintenance.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Beautiful work environment at the beach, students learning about the resources available in their community, students working together to strengthen the habitats that sustain the coastal resources. Laughing, having fun, working efficiently, and carrying on the sustainable practices of their ancestors. Place-based learning at its best!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Have a function that contributes to strengthening your community.

Recommended Education

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