Taro troop: Boy scouts, company grow Polynesian plants

  • Boy Scouts in Troop 82 plant taro Saturday at Skyline Eco-Adventures-Akaka Falls in Honomu. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
  • Chanden Aguiar-Chartrand, 11, of Boy Scouts Troop 82 plants taro with his troop members Saturday at Skyline Eco-Adventures-Akaka Falls in Honomu. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
  • Charles Lockhart directs Boy Scouts in Troop 82 where to plant taro Saturday at Skyline Eco-Adventures-Akaka Falls in Honomu. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — A troop of Boy Scouts spruced up one of the courses at Skyline Eco-Adventures last week with a new taro patch.

The Honomu-based zipline company partnered with Troop 82 as part of an initiative to introduce visitors to Polynesian canoe plants.

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About 10 Boy Scouts planted 100 taro at the end of a course after enjoying a day of ziplining.

Skyline Eco-Adventures owner Megan Boren said the plants were provided by the Hawaii Forest Industry Association, which has assisted the company with other native plantings on its courses.

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Previously, HFIA representatives gave planting demonstrations and provided information about the significance of the plants in the Hawaiian culture.

Skyline will install interpretive signage describing the plantings, including how each species plays essential roles in Hawaiian culture.

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