Sugar cane was introduced by the first Polynesians to migrate to Hawaii. It became a huge industry from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s.
This is a kalo plant that has been harvested. Because the meat of the kalo plant is large it is known as the parent.
This is a picture of a 'auwai or irrigation ditch which carries water to the lo'i.
Upland kalo is ready for harvest 9-12 months after planting. As harvest time approaches, the leaves turn yellowish and the petioles are short, usually less than 2 ft long. The corms protrude from the ground.
Creatures such as small fish and the occasional crawfish can be found in the Taro beds.
These men are socializing while harvesting the kalo
thrives under moist soil conditions and can withstand prolonged waterlogging. Learn more about Taro cultivation at: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/fb/taro/taro.htm#Propagation
This lo’i planter describes the current phase of the kalo planting process.
A lo’i planter explains the growing process of kalo cultivation
Jenna, Daisy, AJ. Iolani School. Marine bio. January 24, 2017.