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Salt Pond Locations on Hawai‘i Island - PIPES Intern Report


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Knowing the importance of paʻakai (salt) and its cultural significance is critical to the survival of the people of Hawaiʻi. Through the 1950s paʻakai was an important resource for the endurance of people in Hawai‘i due to the non-existence of electricity and refrigerators. Hana paʻakai (making salt) was a cultural practice needed for the people to survive during traditional before western influences in the 1800s because they had nothing to help preserve their food. Kūpuna (elders) belived that every moku (district) had a coastal wahi hana paʻakai (sacred salt pond) of either kāheka (tide pools) with small hollows in the shoreline pohaku (stone) or loko paʻakai (salt lakes). Paʻakai was commonly valued for preserving food, medicinal [...]


Author :
Makamae Quinn
Funding Agency :
Pacific Islands CSC

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Pacific Islands CASC

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