Experience the Culture and Agriculture of North Kohala

North Kohala has a long, deep and rich agricultural story. In pre-contact times, Hawaiian agricultural systems fed a population of 30,000 people in North Kohala. Kalo (taro) was grown in abundance in the wetlands, such as in Pololu Valley (pictured) and ‘uala (sweetpotato) and ko (sugar cane) in a vast dryland field system to the South. During the sugar plantation era, multi-ethnic community life was rooted in sharing and bartering from individual homesteads, and gathering and hunting from the mountains, gulches and ocean—practices that are still a part of life in North Kohala. Today, the North Kohala community is committed to revitalizing the local food system and agricultural traditions. Come meet the farmers who are growing food and perpetuating culture in our community today! We have farm tours and tastings, culinary events and farm fun for the whole family.

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