Known traditionally as Alakoko ("Rippling Blood") Fishpond, the large pond is nicknamed after the small mythical people called Menehune. Overlooking the Hule'ia River (which you can explore with Outfitters Kauai) and the Ha'upu Ridge on the far side, the pond tells the story of Hawaiian history and myths.
This fishpond has been used to raise mullet and other commercial fish. But unlike most other fishponds, which are built along the edge of the ocean, this pond was constructed along the riverbank and is said to have been built by the Menehune in a single night. Menehune Fishpond — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
Legend goes that these little people built the rock wall surrounding this pond for a royal prince and princess and made only one demand: that no one watch while they were working. It's said that throughout the night, the Menehune passed the stones needed from hand to hand in a 250-mile-long line.
Meanwhile, the prince and princess grew curious and watched from nearby. The Menehune saw them and turned the royal pair into two pillars of stone that you can see on the mountain overlooking the pond. The small workers stopped their work and left holes in the wall.
The Menehune Fishpond offers insight into both cultural practices and the history of Lihue.