Kupuna, others harvest HRI taro

[Story and photo by Mike Foley, originally published in Kaleo on December 17, 1998]

(Left-right): Sione Feinga, Theresa Bigbie, Tino Koahou,
Martha Kalama and Lemau Tauali’i show the taro they’ve just pulled.

It seemed like déjà vu as kupuna and other community members gathered at the new Hawaii Reserves taro farm mauka of Laie in Po’ohaili, only this time it was to huki kalo or begin to harvest the taro many of these same people helped plant on Feb. 6, 1998. Many of them were dressed appropriately for climbing into the mud of the lo’i or taro patches.

Ten months later five of the lo’i stretch makai with the plants in various stages of growth. It was windier and cooler than when the huli kalo were planted, but the plant leaves now stand more than three feet above the taro roots, which can be seen poking out of the mud.

The Nani Laie Serenaders, a kupuna group, were there singing in Hawaiian. William K. Wallace III, a keiki o ka aina o Laie and director of the BYUH Center for Hawaiian Language &?Cultural Studies, several of his students and Cy Bridges, Director of Cultural Island Presentations at PCC, chanted in honor of the occasion.

“On behalf of all of our kupuna and our kanaka maoli here in Hawaii, we share our aloha with you,” Wallace told the group.

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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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