My Aunty Margaret's Taro Farm in Waipio Valley Hawaii

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona

Born and raised in Hawaii with many aunties, uncles and cousins has its perkes, one of which is knowing of the best places to see and visit.  I feel blessed that I have so many relatives living in Hawaii.  My Aunty Margaret has a taro farm in Waipio Valley.  She took us on one of her daily jaunts which require four-wheel drive down to her taro farm. Taro is the main staple in Hawaiian food and used to make poi.  The process itself is a different story.  Loo Taro Company is one of the largest suppliers of taro to the State of Hawaii. 

Waipio Valley Lookout

Waipio Valley is located on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, near Kukuihaele and Honokaa.  One of a few black sands beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii is located in the bottom of the entrance to the valley, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.  Waipio Valley is one of seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains.  It has a little more than one mile of beach coastline and is about six miles deep.   There are cliffs on each side of the valley, each cliff about 2,000 feet in elevation with countless cascading waterfalls and some of the most interesting folklore.   Taro is grown in fields of fresh water at the bottom of the valley similar to how rice is grown.  The waterfalls and rain supply the fresh water needed to grow the taro and sustain the verdant lush natural forest, it's a jungle.

Waipio Valley HawaiiThe most unexpected beauty is found in Waipio Valley.  Known as the "Valley of the Kings", Waipio Valley was once home to many Hawaiian warriors and King Kamehameha, Hawaii's greatest warrior-king.  According Aunty Margaret it was a thriving civilization, an area that had several battles with warriors buried in a sacred place near the black sands beach, present day clearly marked burial grounds.

Mother nature mesmerizes you with her beauty at the lookout of Waipio Valley, where most tourists end their tour and gather to take their pictures, missing the beauty below because the hike in and out is so treacherous.

Just imagine dropping 2,000 feet in little over a mile of road that is only one lane.  There are three spots in the road which trucks going down stop and yield to upcoming trucks.  Only your imagination can depict how narrow and steep this road is and how sheer the cliffs are.  At the bottom, some areas of the road had holes two or three feet deep filled with mud and water. 

Waipio Valley HawaiiWild horses greeted us as we arrived at the magnificent black sands beach.  Surf was up, surfers trying to catch the perfect curl.

Ohia trees, Gabriels trumpets flowers, Noni fruit plants, Lama Trees, hibiscus, plumerias, lehua trees and kopiko trees cling to the towering cliffs and lush green valley below.

Loo Taro Farm Waipio Valley Hawaii

Aunty Margaret's taro farm has 15 separate taro patties, each in various growth stages.  Some areas have watercress growing in the troughs of water.  During the time my husband and I spent in the valley at her taro farm, my aunty harvested some taro and attended to the ponds to ensure the water flow was not obstructed.  She harvested two large stalks of bananas, each weighing about 35 pounds from 20ft high banana trees, yes my 77 year old aunty did all of this insisting that she could do it all herself.  My husband did carry the large bundles of bananas and stacked them in the back of her truck only after she washed the stalks in the fresh water creek.  Aunty Margaret typically harvests one stalk of banana each week without any assistance. 

People on this side of the island respectfully refer to my aunty as Aunty Margaret, she's not their real aunty, she's my real aunty, but I'll share.

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Rainer
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Don Stern
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Leolinda,  you are truly blessed to have lived in Hawaii.  I've visited the Waipio valley as a tourist and it is breathtaking.  Thanks for sharing.

December 26, 2010 04:37 PM
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Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers
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Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona

Don, God planted Waipio Valley.

December 26, 2010 04:47 PM
Rainer
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
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Absolutely awesome, black sand beaches, wild horses, looks like paradise to me!

December 26, 2010 05:38 PM
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Bruce Walter
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Beautiful scenery and truly paradise.  Reminds me why the Big Island is my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands!  Thanks for the re-visit Leolinda!

December 26, 2010 07:46 PM
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Jane Peters
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It looks truly magnificent there, Leolinda.

December 26, 2010 07:57 PM
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Bruce, it's my most favorite island too.

December 27, 2010 02:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Jane, it's one of the most magnificent places I've seen.

December 27, 2010 02:01 AM
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Loren Green
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I can't say that I miss the taro that I had in my short 2 years in New Zealand.  I do miss the kumara, silverside (corned beef), and water cress though.

December 29, 2010 10:38 AM
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Loren, I found an website that provides information on how to grow watercress for those like use who just love eating it.  http://grow-herbs.net/growing_watercress.php

December 29, 2010 11:45 AM
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Juli Vosmik
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Wow, Leolinda, great photos and I really like the information. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

December 31, 2010 01:08 AM
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Michelle bruhn

Hi Leolinda,

We are researching our genealogy and found that that our great great great grand father had a taro farm in waipio valley his name was tokujiro sato and was married to a Kalala Kamekona they had nine chidlren...can you find out from your grandmother if the name sounds familar to her and if she knows if they are still in waipio valley..

 

Thank

Michelle

February 05, 2012 05:49 PM
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Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona

Hi Michelle,

Please send me an email (realtor@leolinda.com) and I'll provide you with the information you are requesting.

February 05, 2012 07:58 PM
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Hi Leolinda, Sorry been very sick (stroke) and just getting around to all my messages. my email is puhikani@gmail.com my father in law is Moses Alohikea and his father was Moses Toko Alohikea and i think his mom (moses Toko) was Okumukini whos father was tokojiro sato...please let me know Thanks Michelle Alohikea Bruhn k
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