Hundreds join in Laie taro planting ceremony

[Story and photos by Mike Foley: Originally published in KALEO, February 12, 1998]

taro plants in lo'i kaloSeveral hundred kupuna, kuleana neighbors, VIPS, community and business leaders, residents, keikis, students and guests gathered in old Po’ohaili on Feb. 7 to participate in the large-scale restoration of taro to Laie.

The sounds of the pu shell and Hawaiian chanting by William Kaiwiulaokalani Wallace III, Director of BYU-Hawaii’s new Hawaiian Studies Program, welcomed the crowd that beautiful, sunny afternoon to a special ceremony to honor a new six-acre taro farming project being initiated mauka of Laie by Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI).

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HRI to launch taro project in Laie

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Originally published in KALEO, January 29, 1998]

Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI) plans to bring taro farming back to Laie on a scale that hasn’t been seen in Ko’olauloa for decades.

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