KANEOHE, Hawaii - It was broken for 50 years, but on Saturday, the fishpond at Paepae o He'eia has been restored.

The goal -- use the many hands from the community, young and old, to move rocks from the shore all the way out to the broken piece of the wall and put the finishing touches on 15 years of work.

"Things like this and places like this.  He'eia fishpond -- this is what makes Hawaii special.  Without places like this to practice our culture, we don't have Hawaii," said H'ilei Kawelo of Papae o He'eia.

Among those taking part in the old Hawaiian ways, Gov. David Ige helping to move rocks from the front line into many of the hands waiting in line on the way to the puka.

"It takes a community to finish a fishpond.  They've been working for so many years.  Really trying to teach us today how Hawaiians used to do it a long time ago, so I think it's important," said Gov. Ige.

Paepae o He'eia staff members were hoping for 1,000 people or 2,000 hands for help.  The amount of volunteers who showed up -- nearly double what they expected.

"It's awesome to see 2,000 people from the community and all kinds of people, not just Hawaiians.  Non-Hawaiians alike coming together for something that's really important to us," said Kawelo.

As the rocks moved along, bucket by bucket, the end of the line noticed the holes filling up just about everywhere they needed it to.  The finish touch -- gates that are designed to let small fishes into the pond but trap those same fishes in once they grow.

"We look forward to a bright future of fish and seafood coming out of the fishpond.  We have to wait for a few years so we can find out the right population dynamics of the fish, but we have seafood coming.  That's what fishponds were built for and now that we're going to close up the hole, will be able to regulate fish and food is coming next," said Keli'i Kotubetey of Paepae o He'eia.

While the puka in the wall has been fixed, there's still a lot that has to happen to get fish back in the pond and get this place completely restored.  If you want to volunteer, you can do that every second and fourth Saturday of the month starting Jan. 23.  Click here for the Paepae o He'eia website.