Kalo

Hawaii State Plant

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Taro leaves (kalo)

Taro leaves (kalo); photo by Shihmei Barger on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Official State Plant of Hawaii

Hawaii designated Kalo as the official state plant in 2007. Kalo (Colocasia esculenta) is the Hawaiian word for taro. All State Plants

Kalo is a culturally significant plant to the kanaka maoli (Hawaii's indigenous peoples) and the state of Hawaii. Believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants, both the leaves and roots of kalo are edible.

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Images

Taro (Colocasia esculenta); Kainaliu, Hawaii  Photo by Scot Nelson/Flickr (use permitted with attribution/share alike).

Taro or kalo (Colocasia esculenta)

Taro fields at Hanalei Valley, Kauai, Hawaii; photo by John Hyun on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Taro fields in Hawaii

Videos

Hawaiian Grown TV - Wong's Taro Leaf Farm