We’re pleased to announce that, this fall, the Hawaiʻi Biological Survey (HBS) published its first botany Bulletin in 20 years and it's a must-read for those interested in taro and its cultural history in American Samoa and Hawaiʻi.
Kalo (taro) is an important staple in Hawaiʻi and on many islands across the Pacific, playing key roles in both diet and culture. Bishop Museum Bulletins in Botany #5: Taro Varieties in American Samoa covers 37 varieties of kalo from American Samoa—some of which may have intermixed with Hawaiian varieties when brought here—and includes historical photos and in-depth descriptions to help readers learn to identify them.
Samoa Paʻepaʻe from Taro Varieties in American Samoa.
Published by Bishop Museum Press in partnership with E kūpaku ka ʻāina and Lyon Arboretum, Bishop Museum Bulletins in Botany #5: Taro Varieties in American Samoa is out now and can be viewed for free! Click here to download your digital copy today.
The Hawaiʻi Biological Survey (HBS) is an ongoing natural history inventory series the Museum produces to keep record of all the plants and animals in Hawaiʻi.