Wooden Gate, original watercolor, colored pencil and ink on paper by Carol Araki Wyban.
We turn and look to the pond side of the auwai kai. Earlier in the day Jim cranked open the solid wooden gate of the mākāhā with the come-along. The inner wooden gate of the mākāhā is raised and held by a rope tied with a slipknot. The brackish pond water meets the full salinity of sea as it gushes into the pond. The ʻamaʻama are ready to reproduce and must go to the open ocean. They rush into auwai channel. The rope is yanked. The gate slams.
Dimensions: Framed 16″ x 13″
This giclee print is part of the Fishpond Technology: From Fishing to Fishponds.
Hawaiians observed nature. They conceived of, built and operated aquaculture systems. Ancient fishponds were in operation for centuries before Europeans came to Hawaiʻi. Their tools were their intellect, their hands, rocks and trees. The following figures describe the basic technology of fishponds and how they took the leap from fishing to aquaculture.
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