Kalo Varieties

Which variety of Kalo is the best? The one that's in the bowl on the table. - Jeremy Konanui, Hawaiian Mahiai

This website provides a tour of kalo varieties of all shapes, colors and sizes. This wide range of kalo diversity was partly born from the Hawaiians’ creativity and curious experimentation, and partly out of the need to supply food in many different environments. As you look at the descriptions, see how the Hawaiians selected desired traits in kalo for survival, for ceremony, maybe even for fun. Instead of relying on one super-kalo, they created many solutions, developing a kalo for every ecological scenario or challenge.

The Hawaiians created a spectrum of kalo to pass to their children, and we get to share in the harvest.

Click a variety in the left sidebar to learn more.