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MENEHUNE FISHPOND, 1936
Menehune stood in 2 rows, from Makaweli to the pond [ref. to passing stones to build wall].
Menehune women built sister's pond, while menehune men built brother's
pond. Women didn't finish at dawn and they were all turned to
stone-remnants of her pond walls may still be seen at low tide.
According to the old konohiki laws, the tenant fishermen could catch,
for his own use, any fish which was not set aside (kapu) for the
konohiki. The mullet of Niumalu have been tabu since ancient times.
Konohiki -Coney. in return for labor of people on the land he provided
fish for the families and shared in sale of catch. Each man living on
his lands spent 2 days a month working in the pond. Practice was
continued up until the death of Governor Kanoa.
John Ha'alilea Coney was the Konohiki of Niumalu Pond ['Alekoko] by
right of lease. Malcolm Coney , son, inherited lease and konohiki
rights from his father.
Coney came to Kaua'i in 1893. Purchased kuleana on banks of the Niumalu
stream near its mouth and built a small cottage, used it as a weekend
house. Later acquired pond by a lease.
Menehune s used the Makale point trail into Képu-kai and from there went to the Makaweli plains to gather their rocks.
'Anae-akua a gold mullet lives in 'Alekoko pond. When the tide comes
into the gate and the fishermen are waiting with their nets to scoop
out fish for the market, this anai [sic]-akua leads the mullet through
the first gate into the narrow passage from which they never return.
of 2 loyal watchers stationed at the gates to guard the fish from
theft, today a house was built near pond and a man and dogs placed to
guard and warn.
states-no evidence of heiau or shrine at Niumalu. When he came there
the people told him the ku'ula was thrown into the mouth of the river
and was never found.
Catch spawn in scoop nets from the river. Each season, approx. 3/4 of a
million are placed in the pond. Coney estimates 5 million mullet now in
Once called 'Alakoko-"bloody wave" because the sea food growing in the pond gave the ripples of the water a reddish cast when the sun was shining.