Kalo Varieties

Which variety of kalo is the best? The one that's in the bowl on the table. - Jerry Konanui, Hawaiian Mahi‘ai

Use As Food

Fair table taro. According to J.K. it makes great poi.


Limited; occurs as a mixture in large plantings of Mana Ke‘oke‘o.

General Characteristics

Resembles Mana Ke‘oke‘o except that the Hā (Petiole) are decidedly lighter green and Lau or Lū‘au (Leaf blade) are arrow head shaped rather than egg-shaped (ovate).

Ha (Petiole)

60 to 85 cm. long, light green, pinkish-red at the lihi (stem edge), white at the kōhina (base).

Lau or Lu'au(Leaf Blade)

45 to 55 cm. long, 30 to 35 cm. wide, 35 to 40 cm. from tip to base of sinus (māwae), arrow head shaped (sagittate), medium green; margins wave-like (undulate); piko light greenish; round leaf section (lobes) acute with narrow māhae (sinus).

'I'o kalo (Corm)

Flesh white with yellowish fibers; skin whitish.

Pua (Flower)