"Kaʻiulani eats the large taro."

Translation:ʻAi ʻo Kaʻiulani i ke kalo nui.

December 12, 2018



From Wight Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary: kalo / taro, main food of ancient Hawaiʻi and a symbol of the Hawaiianʻs family connection to nature and the earth.

December 12, 2018


The "taro" spelling comes from Tahitian which is a closely related language to Hawaiian, but uses t where Hawaiian has k and r where Hawaiian has l. Though taro is eaten throughout Asia, it didn't become a European thing until they found the Tahitians eating it. Even in Hawai'i, when it is discussed in English (at least in tourist areas) it is usually called taro instead of using the native version of the word (kalo). By the way, in most dialects of Spanish it is called malanga.

December 13, 2018
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