Yesterday I had the pleasure of exploring Kualoa Ranch. It is located on the northeastern side of Oahu in the countryside, less than an hour from Honolulu. The ranch terrain varies from rainforests and valleys to awesome cliff faces. It is truly a paradise for outdoor recreation, with many places accessible only by horseback or by foot. It is a beautiful spot not to be missed on a visit to Oahu.
In ancient times, Kualoa was one of the most sacred places on the island. It was a residence of kings, a place of sanctuary, and a training spot for royalty in the arts of war, history, and social traditions. This hallowed ground was revered with deep cultural significance. The current family owners, recognizing its historical importance, strive to be stewards of the land by preserving it from development and ensuring its legacy. The ranch, rich in beauty and tradition, is open to the public and has become a very popular spot for weddings and private events, drawing visitors from all corners of the world. Most recently, it has gained fame as a popular filming location for the “Lost” television series. Moreover, blockbusters like “Jurassic Park”, “50 First Dates”, “Along Came Polly”, and “Godzilla” has showcased their scenic vistas, making it a sought-after destination for film enthusiasts.
One of the many hidden gems I discovered on the Kualoa property is the 800-year-old Moli’i fishpond. To my amazement, nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, it is one of the largest fishponds in Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiian fishponds like this are an exemplary testament to the ingenuity of early civilizations and a good example of aquaculture. Hawaiians, showcasing their unique understanding of nature, are the only Polynesians known to harness the ocean in this distinctive manner, using brackish water ponds near the ocean for stocking, nurturing, and efficiently harvesting fish. (Posted CM – photo: Kualoa Ranch)