E kanu mea ‘ai o nānā keiki i ka ha‘i. ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, No. 317

Plant edible food plants lest your children look with longing at someone else's.

Aloha kākou. Kupuna means elder, grandparent or ancestor. Kalo or taro is a nutrient rich, starchy food of Hawai‘i. Taro grows world-wide, but for the Hawaiian people this crop is central to our creation story. We describe Hāloa as our older brother because he takes care of us if we take care of him.

Photo above shows Kupuna Jerry Konanui standing amoung kalo variety Maui Lehua. Photo credit Dr. Scot Nelson.

Kupunakalo.com promotes kalo as food, through photos of varieties, a classroom curriculum, contact information for botanical gardens to source varieties, nutrition information and recognition of our kupuna, the teachers. Education begins with this video lesson from Konanui: Na `Ono o ka `Aina - Delicacies of the Land, min. 2:38.

If we aren’t eating kalo we’re missing the point! Many still don’t know how to cook out itchy calcium oxylate crystals from the corm and leaves to feed their families. I use a pressure cooker, but the Instant Pot, has made cooking easier, safer and cheaper for two reasons:

1. Pressure cooking steams out the itchy calcium oxylate from the corm and leaves within 45 minutes, instead of boiling or steaming for 2 hours. Less time = less electricity or gas cost & faster dinner.

2. We can turn on the Instant Pot and step away, to go run errands because it safely turns itself off. Less stress of an unwatched stove. Instant pot lowers risk of exploding lids, kids getting burned, burnt food, or steam accidents. 

Kupunakalo.com is an affiliate of the Instant Pot Co. I recommend their biggest pot size of 8 quarts. If you need to cook kalo please visit this link to see if this Instant Pot is right for your family:

Instant Pot, 8 Quart.

Jerry Konanui video

Mahalo to the kupuna and the friends who took time to share their knowledge of culture, food and science. 

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