Kalo (Taro), Colocasia esculenta
Hawaiian name: Kalo (Taro),
Botanical name: Colocasia esculenta
Where found: All Islands
Water/Light: Wet, with full to partial sunlight
Elevation range: All elevations
Height: Up to 7 feet
Notes: Hawaiians grew 200 to 300 varieties; today about 60 varieties remain. All cultivars can be grown in both lo'i, and in māla. All parts edible when cooked, oxalic acid causes irritation if eaten raw. Poi as staple food, used in religious rituals, as bait for 'opelu fishing, and for gluing kapa.