Strange things you see and say. . .

Monday, June 15, 1998

By Dennis Oda Star-Bulletin
No fishing sign at UH quarry pond.

Nothing fishy about
UH Quarry Pond

An unidentified faxer laments the closing of the University Quarry Pond to fisherpersons, and the sender noted that he had been told by guards that "a group of hostile animal rights activists had commandeered the pond" and banned fishing.

Wat Dat? We wish we could make stuff up as juicy as this, but no, we shan't. It's not true. Unless you count University of Hawaii's Kokua Program as hostile while they make the campus safe for the handicapped. The organization has adopted the pond as a kind of public project and in March thoroughly cleaned the grounds and planted bougainvillea and geraniums around the shores.

Signs banning fishing or plant removal are signed by the Building and Grounds Department of UH, which is not quite the case, explained Farouk Wang of UH B&G. "Our concern is for safety. You could get leptospirosis. We need to check with DLNR to see how much control we actually have over policing the fish and plants."

The plants taken from the pond are "aquarium plants," said Wang.

The pond was left unattended for years, and often became stagnant and smelly, said Wang. "We never had the staff to properly take care of it, and so we're happy Kokua has taken it on."

The pond is fed from waters percolating through rocks courtesy Manoa Stream, and the pond is the point where the water sinks back down into the earth. It reemerges where the Willows restaurant once stood. "We know that because kids threw dye in the water and the color came out at the Willows," said Wang.

The pond area is now pleasant and restful, although it remains to be seen if the shoreside plantings can survive without watering in the parched quarry area.

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin

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