Adam Asquith harvests first crop of lo‘i kalo in Kekaha

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A new lo‘i (taro patch) planted by Adam Asquith in the Poki‘i Valley already has huli (young plants) planted from the Maui lehua harvest in Kekaha.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Corteva Agriscience Hawai‘i Research Lead Mark Stoutemyer, left, learns about the dryland taro produced by Andros as explained by Adam Asquith, in Kekaha.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Adam Asquith prepares a huli (young taro plant) while talking about the lo‘i Maui lehua being grown in Kekaha.

KEKAHA — “It can’t grow anymore,” Adam Asquith said, fingering the corm of a lo‘i Maui lehua Tuesday in Kekaha. “It’s time. I’m harvesting all of the Maui lehua, and put the huli in the lo‘i I created across this one. This is rare. You’re not just watching a kalo harvest. This is the birth of a farm.”

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