Hawaiians of old understood the crucial link between soil fertility and plant vitality. When nutrients are gone, plants will suffer. Our taro plants have flourished in the same field for well over five years, steadily sucking up essential nutrients from their planting beds. Fertilizer can only do so much, so it was time to move on to greener pastures, or, in our case, to a new Mala Kalo (Taro Garden).
Mahalo to our Kalo ‘Ohana for showing up on the last weekend of May (this was a two-day job!), ready to cut huli, dig holes, pound pipes, lay weed cloth, and carefully re-establish our amazing Kalo Collection, one of the most prized assets of our Garden. Young and old took part, happy to be keeping the legacy of Jerry Konanui alive and well in Amy’s Garden.
Words by Maile Melrose and photos by Kealoha Manaku