Although Taro is not indigenous to Hawaii it has much importance to the Hawaiian culture. Kalo the Hawaiian way of saying taro, is believed to have arrived in Hawaii during A.D. 450. Many cultures claim to have brought taro to Hawaii, it's still unknown to whom brought it here.
Colocasia esculenta (taro) is of the acrum family. It is stem less and can grow to be 4 ft. tall. Leave of this plant resembles a heart shape. It's heart shape leaf varies in color. Taro has a hairy outer coating on it's surface.
Taro is cultivated in a complex terraces system of field ponds or lo"I which is fed by ditches or "auwai. There are two main ways to raise taro, using the dry land method, which doesn't use much water, or the wetland method, which needs constantly flowing cold water. Taro must be harvested when mature or it will die and be wasted. As maturity gets closer, the leaves begin to diminish it's size.
Kalo had and still has many uses in Hawaii. Taro was used as a food, a medicine, or just as a plant or offering to gods. Taro is known to be a staple food in the Hawaiian culture diet. Poi, table taro, taro chips, and luau leaf are just a few of the things that are made using the taro plant. The leaf was used to stop bleeding. It is believed that Kalo was fed to a baby to make them fat and well developed at a young age.
Now that you have a little knowledge about a plant found in Hawaii. You can teach others, be an educator or just enjoy and even try to find out more stuff about this wonderful plant brought to Hawaii. It may benefit you or just make you a little more knowledge.