The Significance of Kalo in Traditional and Modern Hawaiian Society

Topics: Hawaii, Taro, University of Hawaii at Manoa Pages: 4 (1054 words) Published: April 16, 2013
Kawena Elkington

Speech Outline

Title: Kalo and Its Significance

General Purpose: To inform.

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the significance of kalo in traditional Hawaiian society and modern society of Hawaii.

Thesis Statement: Significance of kalo can be found in traditional Hawaiian society as well as the society of Hawaii today.

1. Introduction
a. Attention Getter: There is an olelo noeau, or Hawaiian proverb that is as follows: He kuaana ke kalo I ka aina o Hawaii, which means kalo, or taro is the older brother of Hawaii. We take care of kalo, and kalo takes care of us. b. Relate to Audience: As residents of this beautiful aina, or land, kalo is a prevalent figure of our daily lives whether we know it or not because it is an important part of the host Hawaiian culture. c. Credibility Statement: I've grown up in loʻi since small kid/hanabada(?) days. Attending Hawaiian Immersion school for my elementary years, we went to loʻi all over the island, and the same goes for going to Kamehameha Schools. Right now I manage a loʻi at Kualoa Ranch and I am excited to share some of the things I know. d. Preview Statement: Today I would like to expand on the significance of kalo in two time periods: traditional Hawaiian society and today's society of Hawaii.

• Transition Statement: First, we'll travel back in time to kalo in traditional Hawaiian society.

2. Kalo was significant in traditional Hawaiian society for social and religious purposes. a. According to a study done by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH, kalo was the staple food crop and principal food source of early Hawaii, and Hawaiian lifestyle revolved around this food production. Entire valleys were dedicated to kalo fields, and Hawaiians accumulated over 300 varieties of kalo from mutations, imports, and deliberate breeding (Whitney, 1997) b. Kalo was also bound to the Hawaiian culture...
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