Though I’ve seen it a thousand times, the view of Hanalei Valley’s emerald green taro fields still takes my breath away.

If you’re interested in learning more about our agricultural staple – and checking out the last surviving rice mill in Hawaii – take a tour of the Ho’opulapula Rice Mill and Taro Farm, every Wednesday at 10 am (by reservation only).

The three-hour tour starts with a taro smoothie and includes lunch, dessert, and “taro tastings” (including fresh poi).  Admission is $65, and all fees help support restoration efforts and free education programs.  For reservations, call (808) 651-3399.

If you don’t have time for a tour, be sure to stop by the Hanalei Taro & Juice Company while you’re on Kauai. This little lunch wagon serves ‘ono (“delicious”) plate lunches (kalua pig, laulau, poi, lomi salmon), plus taro mochi cake, taro hummus, taro veggie burgers, taro acai cups & luau rolls. It’s located at 5-5070A Kuhio Highway, and is open Monday through Friday 11-4.