The Alakoko Fishpond, along with ate least five other smaller fishponds at Hulēʻia Stream served as a source of food for ancient Hawaiians. The fishpond was in operation at least until the 1950s. Peleke Flores, operations manager at the nonprofit Mālama Hulēʻia, said Hawaiians always kept a caretaker at the fishpond to protect it from ‘two-legged predators.’

Ke ola no ia o kiaʻi loko

“That is the livelihood of the keeper of the pond.”

This is oneʻs livelihood. Certain fish in a pond were reserved for the owner, but shrimps, crabs, an such could be taken by the caretaker.

Source: ʻŌlelo Noʻeau, by Mary Kawena Pukui