VIDEO: “Island Scene” Cover Story Features Maui Kalo Farmer
If you are an HMSA member and have visited your mailbox, chances are you’ve seen kalo farmer, Hōkūao Pellegrino featured on the cover of the spring issue.
Pellegrino says he was “really surprised and somewhat embarrassed” when he realized Island Scene, HMSA’s quarterly magazine, had put him on the cover. The kalo farmer wasn’t expecting it and was “humbled and surprised” by the recognition.
On their part, HMSA says it was an easy choice. Elisa Yadao, HMSA senior Vice President of Consumer Experience shared the following.
Writer Craig DeSilva blogs about his experience visiting the farm on the “Well-Being Hawaii” website where you can also download the latest copy of “Island Scene” which features the Pellegrino ‘ohana. He shares interesting bits of history like the excerpt below.
“Nohoana Farm has been in Pellegrino’s family since 1848. The farm went fallow in the 1940s when water and land was used for sugar plantations. Pellegrino is now restoring the farm to revive taro cultivation. The Waikapu ahupuaa, land division from mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean), was once the largest taro-producing region in Hawaii.”