Our vision is to return Hāloanakalaukapalili (our ancestor, the taro plant and products made from taro) into the homes of our Native Hawaiian families through the implementation of an intensive workshop. Participants learn about the life cycle of Hāloa from his origin, to farming, harvest, preparation for ku‘i ‘ai (mashing of cooked taro), current issues threatening taro, and protocols related to consumption and storage.
This project is ideal for individuals, families, community and private organizations who are committed to serve as a resource for their own community (residential, business, educational, etc) on Hāloa and ku‘i ‘ai, as well as perpetuating the consumption of pa’i ‘ai and taro products within their home.
A 90-day Hāloa Challenge was the subject of the film “I am Hāloa,” featuring three students at Kamehameha Schools as they made the transition to a kalo-based diet and reconnected with their culture by reconnecting with ‘ai pono.
Previous Hāloa Challenges have been held at Lunalilo Home, Kamehameha and Punahou Schools and at our work site in Kaneohe. Curriculum includes instructional videos, readings, cooked taro for pounding, and all tools and supplies needed to ku‘i kalo.