Kamala's Open Road


    Hawaii Roadtrip


Honokea Fishpond

“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.”


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  • 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.

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