Hana ka lima. Mahalo _hookuaaina for allowing us to kako'o yesterday
#loilove morning _hookuaaina
Alumni on the aina
One of my most favorite activities..
Manaful, maika'i day in #maunawili
No #imu is complete without the #poi! #paiai #kalo #nokaoi #hawaiinative
Great #loi sampling action yesterday with _ja_beeb_'s #1
Feet in the 'āina, heart in the culture, hands in the science and eyes looking to the past towards t
Healthy & productive #kalo require healthy #water and #mud
Sampling action up mauka yesterday
Refreshing auau wai
Malama mana wela'a lo'i
environmental stream bubbles
Curators of kalo
#loilove today at mana wela'a propagation area
I wish I could eat you right now!!! #kalo fresh from mana wela'a #loikalo #loilove! Thanks uncle!!!!
Native Hawaiians constructed subsistence farming systems utilizing intensive irrigation-based terraces built off intact stream ecosystems to support indigenous crops (e.g. kalo). Kalo is of incredible economic, cultural and religious importance to the Hawaiian people. Aside from being the staple starch crop of the Hawaiian diet, kalo is greatly respected as the older brother of all Hawaiians. Because of the historical use of herbicides in Hawaii’s intensive agricultural age, there is great concern about lingering sources of pollutants in our watersheds that are capable of harming our food crops.
As the community works towards restoring ancient practices of subsistence farming to feed both the bodies and spirits of our community, we face many contemporary challenges - including congested irrigation systems, invasive plants, inadequate aeration and pollutants. Inadequate aeration has been especially problematic for kalo farmers because the lack of oxygen promotes root rot as well as other microbial processes.
We extremely grateful to our collaborations and interactions with Kakoʻo Ōiwi, Papahana Kuaola, Loʻi o Kanewai, Hoʻokuaʻāina, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiinuiakea
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