Taxonomy Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta
Habit Medium in height, well spreading, producing 2-5 ‘ohā.
Corm Light lilac-purple flesh with darker purplish fibers; cortex dark pinkish-lilac.
Petiole Light yellowish-green with dark purple or reddish-purple flecked stripes and blotches, dark red at edge, reddish-purple at apex, purplish-pink above the base, a dark reddish-purple ring at the base (kōhina).
Leaf blade Ovate, dark green with bluish cast; margins undulate; piko purple; veins conspicuously reddish-purple over entire lower surface; lobes acute with wide sinus.
Origin Hawaiian variety.
Cultivation Dryland cultivation; matures in 9-12 months.
Uses Table taro; lū‘au.
Comments Distinguished by lilac-purple corm flesh and reddish-purple flecked stripes; ‘O‘opukai is the name of the salt-water ‘O‘opu, a fish similar in coloring to the petiole of this taro.