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"Ku-ka Ku-Ka"
Talk Story time with Mama Lily

One day Lily "iki" jr. was up mauka fighting a viney and thorny vine with big thick leaves. As Lily jr. was pulling, tugging and cutting with the cane knife she found that the closer to the root she got, the bigger the thorns were. She yelled to mama Lily that there was a big monster of a vine climbing up the lychee tree on the hill. When mama Lily went over to what jr. was looking at. She said that's not a weed that's Pia. Thus, we now fondly call the hill "Pia Hill".


The Story of Pia Hill

Hawaiian Irish PotatoThe yam was cultivated in Hawaii many years ago. Some people call it the Polynesian Arrowroot.

I remember the first time I saw this yam. I didn't know what it was. My mother said it was made into a powdered starch for making perfumes and medicinal herbs.

Pia Plant
Us Hawaiians peel and clean off the brown skin of the root. Wash it, cut it into pieces and boil it like potato. To me, it taste better than red or irish potato. We make soups with this yam. The Japanese folks call this yam "Yamae Imo" or "mountain yam". My friend Nora likes to take the cleaned Pia and shred it and eat it raw with shoyu.

Mama Lily



Pia Hill(Pia Hill on left). The root can grow in very little dirt. As you can see it is mostly rock.

As a friend of Mama Lily's recently said when she offered him some Pia...."ahh Aunty Lily, mmm broke the mouth". (If a person says that about food, they are saying that it taste very good).








Mama Lily and Lily Jr.

Interview for "Aha'i Olelo Ola
(Hawaiian Language TV) Dec. 2010

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