Sailboat damage & emergency repair. January 2019
On new yearʻs morning of 2019, the manaʻe community woke up to the shocking sight of a sailboat crashed into kupeke fishpondʻs paia loko. our kiaʻi loko, laʻa poepoe, was first on scene to assess damage and check for occupants. Luckily, no one was found aboard. The wall sustained a moderate amount of damage, and the trimaran appeared to have cracked along the hull. while inspecting the damage, the owner of the s.s. honomuni, mr. hal fuji, pulled up by sea aboard a dinghy to claim his lost vessel. He explained that it appeared to have broken from its mooring in honomuni harbor, ran with the current, and settled unhappily into the niho stones of kupeke fishpondʻs foundation. Vigilant neighbors alerted our molokai DLNR enforcement and DAR officials of the crash, which upon investigation was found to be an unintentional accident occurring on private property. Over the course of three weeks, with the help of laʻa poepoe and dart bicoy, hal fuji completed the patching needed to tow the boat to deeper waters, with as little damage as possible. Emergency repairs were made to the collapsed sections of wall damaged by the boat. Hey, accidents happen. When they do, we kokua one another.
-Kupeke Loko Iʻa
Volunteer Work day. October 2019
Kupeke Loko Iʻa held their first and only community work day in October of 2019. Groups that came to kokua included Keawanui fishpond staff, the Aloha ʻAina Fellows, and E Alu Pu network. Mahalo to all volunteers who showed up. Extra hands were greatly appreciated!