The Taro Plant and Pacific Islander Health: Returning to the Wisdom of the Elders

By Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi and Robin Lindsay Davis.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Published online: November 22, 2014 $US5.00

This article seeks to advance the conversation about strategies to revitalize the appreciation for and integration of the Taro plant into the dietary guidelines of Pacific Islanders in the U.S. The historical contribution of the Taro plan to overall health and well-being warrant a closer examination of how it could positively impact the lives of Pacific Islander immigrants in the U.S. today, particularly children and youth. Of particular importance for examination are the strategies to increase access and consumption of Taro as part of a healthy diet. The limited literature on the meanings of the Taro plant and the importance of access and consumption of Taro among Pacific Islanders in the U.S. are discussed and implications for practice and research are offered

Keywords: Taro Plant, Pacific Islanders, Cultural Heritage

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4, November 2014, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 22, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 402.019KB)).

Dr. Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi

Associate Dean, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Dr. Robin Lindsay Davis

Director, Utah Center for Pacific Islander Research, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA