Hoʻāla Loko Iʻa

Hoʻāla Loko Iʻa

In 2012, a group of government agencies and nonprofit organizations committed to streamlining the permitting process for the restoration of traditional Hawaiian fishpond systems.  


Update: Hoʻāla Loko Iʻa Permit Application Guidebook released!

Guidebook Cover










Project History

    • March 2011:  Practitioners at the Hui Mālama Loko I‘a Fishpond Conference on Moloka‘i identify the difficulty the permitting process as a major issue
    • March 2012: The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary hosts a meeting bringing practitioners and government agencies together to address permitting issues. A de facto team was formed among NOAA, the Humpback Whale Sanctuary, and OCCL to continue the coordination effort.
    • November 2012: Practitioners at the 2012 Fishpond Conference at Waipa, Kaua‘i issue the Declaration of Hui Malama Loko Iʻa calling for government agencies to streamline the permitting process.
    • October 23,  2013: Honua Consulting, with the support of Conservation International’s Hawai‘i Fishpond Trust, develops and publishes the Hoʻāla Loko Iʻa Final Environmental Assessment
    • January  2014: Preparation of Conservation District Use Application ST-3703
    • February 2014: Statewide Public Hearings
    • June 27, 2014:  Board of Land and Natural Resources approves CDUP ST-3703; establishes tiered system for fishpond permitting.
    • November, 2014: US Army Corps determines that applications can be considered under a Nationwide 3 Permit.
    • January 2015: DLNR releases streamlined application for loko i‘a repair and restoration     
    • July 13, 2015: Governor Ige signs Act 230 waiving Department of Health water quality certification requirements for the restoration, repair,and operation of loko iʻa that are permitted under DLNR’s Hoʻāla Loko Iʻa program.


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loko ia bill signing


Water Resource Bill Signing. Skip to 3:40 for the Governor’s words on loko iʻa.

Slideshow from the 2012 Hawaiian Fishpond Conference