Hawaiians believe the taro plant to be sacred. ... The stem is the ha, the breath, and the cluster of shoots (or keiki, meaning children) that surround the mother plant are called an ohana, or family.
Kalo is the Hawaiian name given to the cultivated plant, taro (Colocasia esculenta (L.) ... Kalo specifically refers to the name of the first taro growing from the planted stalk. Taro is considered by some to be the world's oldest cultivated crop.