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This past Thursday we had an incredible time at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.
We toured a 125-acre, 800-year-old Hawaiian Fishpond.
It is one of the largest and most well-preserved fishponds on the island of O’ahu.
Considering the many similarities across Polynesia, the fishpond concept was unique to Hawaii.
The pond contains brackish water (a combination of fresh and seawater).
There is a wall built around it with a couple of small gates that go up and down with the tide that allow fish to come in.
This created a self-sustainable system where they could grow and harvest ocean fish without going out to sea.
At some point, foreigners brought mangroves to Hawaii, and the result has had both positive and negative effects on the fishponds.
In this pond, mangroves help keep out poachers.
But these fast spreading trees can overgrow quickly, and need to be controlled.
As part of our tour, they took us out to the ocean wall, and we helped pick small, newly rooted mangroves that were growing on and in the wall itself.
The wall is made of meticulously stacked stones, completed over 800 years ago.
The stones are dry stacked, so the mangroves could destroy the wall easily if left alone.
As part of our tour, we helped control the mangroves.
And it was a lot of fun.
Plus, we received an excellent education about the entire system.
When we finished, I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that we _paid to do work for them and loved doing it._
In a sense, that is what Amazon has you do for your book.
You publish on their platform; they get a cut or your royalty AND you need to pay them to show your book to more people (via ads).
Now, that is not quite as noble as our fishpond.
But you can bypass this system, and get some of the best real estate on Amazon free when you create a series for your books.
Then you can share your message with the world faster.
_Leap. Love. Grow._
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