Last week our kiaʻi harvested 26 pounds of kalo at Keawanui!
This kalo will feed many of our ʻohana on Molokaʻi, helping us reach one of our biggest goals of food security.
Early last year our kalo patches were nourished with invasive plant materials like mangrove charcoal and dried gorilla ogo. Utilizing invasive plants in this way allows us to work more intimately with our ʻāina and adapt with the changing ecosystem we live in. If invasives grow, we might as well find a good use for them after clearing them out. The kalo planted in these patches are almost taller than us!
Photo credit: Momi Afelin, Hiwa Ritte