It presents a rare combination of lyric prose and art that capture the ecological truths Carol Wyban, her family – with their Hawaiian friends and neighbors – discovered how to adapt to the mid-Pacific Ocean’s ebb and flow.
TIDE and CURRENT: Fishponds of Hawaii shares hard-won insights with practical lessons “re-learned” about both natural forces and political land use policies. Its acknowledgements begin with this simple Hawaiian saying: “Aia ke ola ka hana” meaning . . . Life is in labor.
This book reflects facts from prior Aquaculture research done by J.A. Wyban and J.N. Sweeney that resulted in publishing a 19991 report on Intensive Shrimp Production Technology: The Oceanic Institute Shrimp Manual. The Oceanic Institute, Hawaii, USA, 158 pp.
As a state-owned pond on Moloka’i, `Ualapu`e was selected by the state to be a model Aquaculture project. Carol Wyban’s book describes more about this effort on p.154
While profit and economic development utilizing modern Aquaculture techniques are major long-term goals, equally important goals are the revitalization of traditional Hawaiian fishpond practices and the preservation of the history, culture, and values associated with `Ualapu`e.
Visit the University of Hawaii WebSite for more oral history on fishpond restoration projects.