There is perhaps no other plant more central to Native Hawaiian identity than kalo (taro). This sacred plant plays a leading roll in the Hawaiian creation story, which means that from a cultural perspective, kalo is our ancestor. In addition to its presence in many stories, it has fed generations of Hawaiians as a traditional dietary staple.
On a personal note, I am a big fan of this wonder plant. I love the way it looks, I love the way it tastes, I love what it represents. I just love it. In fact, every few weeks, you can likely find me getting muddy and caring for one of the loʻi kalo (taro patches) at Olowalu Cultural Reserve. (Yup, those are my happily filthy feet pictured above!)
So it’s no surprise that when I discovered Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is having its Hawaiian Taro Plant Sale, I got a little giddy inside. During this sale, rare potted taro varieties from the ʻeleʻele, mana, lehua, manini, lauloa, piko and ʻulaʻula families will be available for purchase. Hint: These varieties will not be available for awhile, so now is the time to get them!
WHAT: Hawaiian Taro Plant Sale
WHEN: Friday, January 9; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until sold out)
WHERE: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Avenue, Kahului (across War Memorial Stadium)
CONTACT: Whit Germano at 808.249.2798 or firstname.lastname@example.org