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`Anaeho`omalu

`Anaeho`malu Bay and Fishponds, Big Island, Hawaii.

`Anaeho`omalu Bay also known as “A Bay” is one of Kohala’s treasures. In the summer months this long curving sandy beach is great for swimming and snorkeling.

The fishponds were used by ancient Hawaiians for raising mullet. The pond has a natural spring that mixes with the ocean water creating a brackish water. The Hawaiians had placed a grate across the ocean opening which let the small fish enter from the ocean. The pond was rich in algae and small shrimp which the fish ate and then became too large to return to the ocean.

The island of Hawaii (known as the Big Island) has five volcano mountains, the land of fire and ice, desert and jungle. Kohala is the oldest volcanic mountain, then Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The Big Island is twice the
size of all the other major Hawaiian Islands combined.

The Big Island is abundant in Hawaiian wildlife and sea life. The island also has many waterfalls, 30 foot tall ferns, and beaches of white, green and black sand. Heiaus (ancient temples) and petroglyphs (rock engravings) along with natural
hot ponds are among some of the Big Island’s treasures.

Nature and time have gifted the Big Island with miles of untamed tropical wilderness. It is truly a land of enchantment.

© 2004 Victoria McCormick

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About Victoria

For the last forty-five years Victoria has photographed in the Hawaiian Island Chain recording special moments in time. She hopes her images will help raise awareness of the need to preserve the integrity of Hawaii’s natural treasures. May our respect and courtesy be given to the land and its wildlife and to the ocean and its sea life.