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VIDEO: “Island Scene” Cover Story Features Maui Kalo Farmer

April 11, 2017, 8:15 AM HST
* Updated April 11, 2:57 PM
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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.

“We believe that good works inspire more good things. So it was a natural for us to choose Hōkūao for the cover of Island Scene Magazine. Our readers love good stories, and they especially love stories about island residents who make a difference in the lives of others.  An HMSA employee who works in our Maui office knows Hōkūao and shared how he and his family teach keiki about traditional Hawaiian practices like harvesting kalo. The work he’s doing to get community groups engaged in perpetuating Hawaiian culture is inspirational, and it’s a story that needed to be told.”

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.”


Click HERE for a link to the website to read more of DeSilva’s blog and to download the full story.

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