Taxonomy Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta
Habit Short to medium in height, moderately spreading, producing 5-10 ‘ohā.
Corm White flesh with light pinkish tinge, especially near apex, and yellowish fibers; cortex pink.
Petiole Purplish-black shading into yellowish-green at apex, red at edge, light pink above the base, a dark pink ring at the base (kōhina).
Leaf blade Subovate, fairly firm in texture, dark green; piko light yellowish to light brownish; lobes acute with deep, wide sinus.
Origin Hawaiian variety.
Cultivation Dryland cultivation; matures in 9-12 months.
Uses Table taro.
Comments Domesticated taro that has gone wild in the forest. Nāwao means "that which is bad" and may indicate that this variety had a poor reputation as a poi taro among the Hawaiians (??).