Lo’i Kalo Mini Park

What We Do

For years, the park’s rich historical past sat buried, unknown to most, as layers of invasive California grass grew to conceal natural springs that spout water from the park to Kapālama Canal.

At least until Robert Silva began his work there two years ago.

Silva, an an automotive instructor at Honolulu Community College, arrives at the park, machete, chainsaw, or weed whacker in hand. He’s working to clear the weeds and create a loʻi kalo, the Hawaiian term for taro patch.

Who We Are

Loʻi Kalo Mini Park was once part of a vast network of taro patches that covered Kapālama. The area toward the mountain was called Niuhelewai after a now-diverted stream that was fed by a collection of springs in the area. Water from the springs now flow directly to the ocean through Kapālama Canal.

Cause Areas

Keiki, Environmental Conservation, Cultural Preservation, Community Engagement

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