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The important role traditional kalo cultivation has in working toward sustainability

Homestead Poi farm in Homestead Poi in Waiāhole
Lillian Tsang
Homestead Poi, Waiāhole

Covid has taught us many things over the last two years. It further exposed our reliance on imported food and refueled our focus on the importance of growing food locally and supporting Hawaiʻi farmers.

The Conversation took the opportunity to check in with one Oʻahu farmer on the Windward side. Hanale Bishop is the owner of Homestead Poi and a 12-acre taro farm. He shared what he believes are the basic elements needed for self-sufficiency.

He’s also one of the coordinators of the Key Project Kalo Festival in Kahaluʻu this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This interview aired on The Conversation on March 16, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at ltsang@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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