Hui Makaainana Hawaii and the farming of kalo, 1939.

Planting Taro


The Hui Makaainana Hawaii has Begun to Work on Land at Kapiolani

The idea of farming of kalo thought up by the Hui Makaainana Hawaii is now being carried out, according to Johnson Kahili, the chairman of the managing committee [komite hoohana].

The organization received approval to do this on government land near Kapiolani School [ke Kula o Kapiolani], and should the work go well, then perhaps some twenty acres of undeveloped land, nearly four acres, will be farmed, according to him.

Close to 50 members listened to what Y Baron Goto of the University of Hawaii explained about newest methods of farming kalo at the most recent meeting. He explained his work by writing and drawing on boards, and he assured before the organization that he would assist them to move the work forward.

This plan to plant kalo was put before the President Julian Yates when the organization first began.

The early members of the hui would give kokua to the following younger Hawaiians, and each of them would receive their own small parcel of land to plant their kalo.

Those in this promotion committee of the hui other than Kahili are Peter N. Pakele, Jr.; Walter Victor; Alfred K. Kumalae; Joseph Akau; Herbert Watson; and Henry Nalaielua.

Other committees chosen by the president are:

New Membership—Edward Wagner, chairman; Moody Keliihoomalu; Henry Nalaielua; and Robert Stevens; Organizational Board—Charles Auld, chairman; Wilfred K. Hussey; Ruther Yates; David Kekela; Francis Lyman; and Thomas K. Cook.

These are not the first Hawaiians to carry out this endeavor of planting kalo, but on Molokai there is a family doing farming, that being the Makaiwi ohana. They planted their kalo at Hoolehua, Molokai last year, and the other week they harvested their kalo and ate of their toil and the sweat of their brow. That is the first taro farm planted on Molokai.

At a place near the Honolii River and also at Alae, the cemetery, there is being planted kalo by Hawaiians, and they ate of their toil. They have been farming kalo there for many years, and there are many folks who bought taro from those who farm there.

It is our hope that the work that these Hawaiians are initiating will move forward, not just for their well-being, but for the sake of their descendants in the future.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/15/1939, p. 1)

Ka Hana Kanu Kalo

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIII, Issue 46, Aoao 1. Malaki 15, 1939.

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