Taro grower and Native Hawaiian practitioner Jerry Konanui works to propagate and save from extinction the numerous varieties of kalo (taro), a staple of the Hawaiian diet. Jerry’s mission is also to protect kalo, revered as the elder sibling (Hāloa) of the Hawaiian people, from the risks of genetic engineering.
The Hawaiian system of land use allowed access to all resources in the ahupua‘a, a land division that stretched from mountain to sea. Within the ahupua‘a, highly specialized technologies such as fishponds and lo‘i kalo (taro gardens) ensured an abundance of food.
featuring Henry Auwae
From the age of five, Henry Auwae learned the art of lā‘au lapa‘au (herbal medicine) from his grandmother, a woman whose knowledge extended back to mid-nineteenth century Hawai‘i.
The battle over the water in Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu, where taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were taken in the early 1900's by sugar plantations.
From the ancient archaeological sites at Kaunolū to the Garden of the Gods and Lāna‘i Hale, the highest elevation on the island, Sol Kahoohalahala gives a living history of the island and its people. He also visits dryland forest protection areas to show how rare and endangered plant species are being preserved and propagated.
Hawai‘i farmers, teachers, legal and medical experts and community activists share their perspectives on GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), the genetic engineering of crops and the patenting of life forms.
Kalo Pa‘a o Waiāhole - Hard Taro of Waiāhole explores the issues surrounding the allocation of water that flows in the Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu. The title comes from an old saying referring to the stubbornness of the people of Waiāhole valley. This program documents their determination to regain the water that was taken from windward streams in the early 1900's to irrigate sugar plantations on the drier leeward side.
Kūpuna (elders) and residents relate cherished traditions regarding fishing, agriculture, place names and the ahupua‘a system of land management in the Kona district of Hawai‘i island. Together with county of Hawai‘i officials and representatives from the Kamehameha Schools, they envision a future for South Kona.
Rare and endangered plants and their habitats are presented and discussed by horticulturist Heidi Bornhorst and botanist Charles Lamoureux. Introduction by Mary Cooke.
An island-by-island survey of Hawaiian native species of birds, snails, fish and insects, all identified by their Hawaiian names and described through ‘ōlelo no‘eau (wise sayings) in Hawaiian and English.
Charles Kupa escorts Marion Kelly on a tour of Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘o Kānewai, the kalo gardens on the grounds of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Commission on Water Resource Management
June 22, 1994 • Waiāhole, O‘ahu
In this meeting held by the Commission on Water Resource Management the controversial issue of who should get the water in Waiāhole Ditch was discussed by land-owners, government representatives, scientists, grass roots community people and taro farmers living in Waiāhole Valley on the island of O‘ahu.