Meet Kalo: Hawaiʻi Staple Food and Older Sibling

The Hawaiian source of life

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Considered sacred to Native Hawaiians, kalo, also known as taro, has provided sustenance for many generations. It is a way to connect to the ʻāina and Hawaiian heritage. Incorporate this nourishing, high-fiber starch into your diet today to keep your gut healthy and strong.

Save precious hours with recipe-ready kalo – farm-fresh and already peeled, cut, steamed and frozen – making it easy enough to enjoy any day of the week!

Cubed pala'ai squash on cutting board. Cubed pala'ai squash on cutting board.

Kalo in the Kitchen

The leaves, corm (root) and stem of the kalo plant are edible once fully cooked. While the leaves are used to make steamy, succulent laulau and lūʻau, the root is made into paʻiʻai, poi, sweet kūlolo or served up steamed as a side dish.

Substitute recipe-ready kalo for potatoes in stews and soups, incorporate it into batter for cakes and bread or puree it for boba tea. Be creative and see what kind of new dish you can innovate with this ancient Hawaiian crop.

Taro Recipes

Hawaiian Poi in Vitamix

Quick Poi recipe – make smooth Hawaiian poi in as little as 5 minutes with our recipe-ready kalo, water, and a blender.

Boba Shop Taro Milk Tea

Make your favorite colorful taro milk tea at home in a snap. Reusable boba straws can be found on...

Chinese Steamed Taro Cakes

Make this savory dim sum dish at home with a quick trip to the Asian market and our Recipe-Ready Kalo.

Taro: Past to Present

Moʻolelo of Kalo: Kalo is known as Hā-loa-naka-lau-kapalili (long stem, quivering leaf), the elder brother of Native Hawaiians. As one version of the story goes, kalo grew from a place in the earth where Wākea and Ho‘ohōkūkalani buried their first stillborn child. When they had their second child they named him Hāloa (everlasting breath) – the first human. From then on Hawaiians have practiced a reciprocal relationship with kalo, where we take care of him as an elder brother and kalo takes care of us.

Growing kalo

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Taro Health Benefits

Taro root (corm or tuber) is an excellent source of energy, which the body needs to stay active. It also provides fibre, which is needed to make the intestines and bowels work properly.

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Kalo in Hawaiian Culture

Kalo is everything to Hawaiians. In ancient times it was their main dietary staple, medicine, clothing & daily (responsibility) to the ʻāina & each other.

Our Farmers Grow Taro

Our “farmer owned, ‘āina grown” approach enables farmers to focus on farming, while the co-op takes on aggregation, processing and marketing for them – helping to make small, diversified agriculture in Hawaiʻi viable and the islands more food secure.

Meet our farmers – Angela Faʻanunu & Kalisi Mausio

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Discover Recipe-Ready Kalo

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Co-crops like kalo support local farmers, regenerative agroforestry, and community health, and reduce Hawaiʻi’s dependence on imported staples. You can contribute in the most delicious way – by eating and cooking with kalo! Let us make it easy for you with our recipe-ready kalo.

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