Friday, May 22, 2015


Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5x7'' Ivory Matt
Colocasia esculenta

Called Kalo in Hawaiian, Taro is the most important plant in Hawaiian culture.  Taro, which is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, and C, and a number of other enzymes, was the staple food source for Ancient Hawaiians.  Poi, which is made from Taro, is produced after the Taro plant is steamed and then mashed into a thick paste.  Besides being a food staple, Taro is also important in Hawaiian religion.  According to Hawaiian beliefs, Taro, or Kalo, was the elder brother of mankind.  Kalo, as the elder brother, cares for and nourishes mankind.     

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