Huli for Kauai’s taro farmers

  • Farmers usually save huli (cuttings) during harvest to plant for the subsequent crop.

  • Photos courtesy Emilie Kirk

    Tissue culture is a method used to grow plant cells under sterile conditions on a nutrient culture medium such as agar.

For Kauai farmers, recovering from a major flood event is more complicated that just removing silt. As communities continue the process of recovery, growers are looking at the long process of bringing their impacted fields back into production. This is a significant challenge for farmers of perennial crops that are not propagated from seeds, including important local crops like taro, sweet potato, and banana. It can be difficult to obtain sufficient cuttings to plant a new crop.