There are so many reasons why I love Hawaii: for the weather, the surfing, and the people. But this photo captures yet another facet of Hawaii that mostly locals can appreciate — the native culture and food. Long before Captain Cook “discovered” Hawaii, the islands’ natives were living off the land and cultivating taro from farms just like this one. Taro is one of the main starches in the Polynesian diet, and yesterday I tried to explain to my students how Hawaiians like to pound the taro to make poi, which is best described as a bitter purple pudding.
This lovely photo by konakoka, a fellow kama’aina (a “child of the land” or resident) from the Big Island, is a great reminder of the rich resources that makes Hawaii such a green and sustainable place. I adore the shiny lime glow of the taro leaves, which are framed so nicely by the other plants in the foreground.