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Hawaiian taro plants are used to make poi, taro chips, and luau leaves. Taro roots are also served as a vegetable and is used as an ingredient in cooking.

Taro in Hawaii
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Hawaiian Taro Festivals and Farm Tours

East Maui Taro Festival
The 15th annual East Maui Taro festival will take place April 28-29, 2007 in the remote town of Hana on the Island of Maui. The event typically includes cultural demonstrations, hula and chant performances, Hawaiian music, crafts, food booths, a taro pancake breakfast, a tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and a tour of the Kapahu Living Farm taro patch.

Honouliwai Taro Patch Farm
This taro patch farm on the eastern side of the island of Molokai offers tours to visitors.

Kipahulu Ohana Taro Patch Tours
The guided cultural hikes offered by the Kipahulu Ohana include a Native Hawaiian guide, a one hour hike, and a visit to the taro fields at Kapahu Farm.

About Hawaiian Taro

Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawaii: Kalo
How and when taro plants were introduced in Hawaii, how taro is used, and more information about taro cultivation and use in Hawaii.

Taro: Life Close to the Land
Information about the history of growing taro in Hawaii, its spiritual significance, and facts about taro growing.

Taro: Hawaii's Roots
An article by Leilehua Yuenwith information about the different varieties of taro grown in Hawaii, how it is used, commercial taro farms in Hawaii, and the problems faced by today's taro farmers.

Crop Profile for Taro in Hawaii
Statistics about taro production in Hawaii, and information about the problems faced by Hawaiian taro farmers, from the National Information Center for Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers.

Hawaiian Taro Production Hits Record Low
A March 2004 article by Howard Dicus on the Web site of the Pacific Business Journal.

Hawaii Taro Production: 1946-2003
A chart published by the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper showing the drop in taro production in Hawaii betwen 1946 and 2003.

2007 USDA Hawaii Taro Production Report (PDF Format)
Statistics and trends in Hawaiian Taro production, from United States Department of Agriculture.

Taro Farms and Processing Plants in Hawaii
- Hawaii Taro Company (Maui)
- Honouliwai Taro Patch Farm (Molokai)
- Kapahu Farm (Maui)

News About Hawaiian Taro
-2006 Feb 02: Rain, Pests, and Disease Shrink Taro Production
-2006 Jan 14: Patents on Taro Hybrids Protested
-2005 May 24: McDonalds Test Drives Taro Pies
-2005 May 24: Taro Research Should Be Allowed to Continue
-2005 Feb 14: Taro Genetic Work Blasted
-2004 Mar 16: Taro Production Hits Record Low
-2001 Sep 21: Waialua Lifestyle Has Roots in Taro

More About Hawaiian Taro
- Wikipedia Introductin to the Taro Plant
- The Taro Page
- University of Hawaii Farmer's Bookshelf: Taro

See also:
- Hawaiian Poi
- Plants of Hawaii

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