WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly a thousand pounds of kalo were stolen from a Waimanalo farm just days before harvest -- and this wasn't just any taro either, but Hawaiian varieties that were being grown organically for research.
"People do different things for different reasons, so I really don't know what the motivation was. I suspect hunger was probably not part of it because they took so much. We suspect it was for sale or for an event," explained Dr. Ted Radovich, an Associate Specialist with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Sustainability and Organic Farming Systems. Radovich oversees the organic kalo research program, which is focused on understanding how crop yield and quality can be optimized in agricultural systems that reduce reliance on conventional chemical inputs and increase use of ecological farming practices.
Radovich says sometime overnight on Monday, June 23, thieves made off with more than 700 pounds of taro. Just two weeks prior, he says another 300 pounds were stolen.