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Energy (September 21–25, 2005)

Vladimir Shirokov

High Voltage Testing Area of Electrical Engineering Department, Saint Petersburg State Technical University

Norman Shapiro

Uncle Nana's Taro Patch

Kahana Valley, island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA

10:30 am Hawaiian time/9-21-2005

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Uncle Nana has been working on restoring the family taro patch in Kahana Valley for the past nine years. Working mostly by himself with hand tools he has cleared a large area from the jungle.

Born and raised in Kahana Valley Uncle Nana, now 73 years old, has returned to continue in his father’s steps. His family had to give up their farm when Kahana Valley was taken over in World War II to become a jungle training site for soldiers heading to war in the pacific.

The taro patch is about two miles inland from the coast and well beyond any utilities. Uncle Nana has built a network of auwai’s to water his crops. And he has installed a solar powered electric fence to keep the wild pigs in the valley from destroying his crops.

It takes a lot of energy to grow taro. Uncle Nana is growing wet land taro, which means the plant grows in wet soil. The shoots are planted by hand, weeding is done by hand as well as the harvesting. It is had work standing in mud that can be over a foot deep.

Equipment

Nikon D70 with 18-70mm DX lens, Bogen pano head base and leveler, homemade camera mount, and an old Ries wooden tripod . Stitched in QTVRAS and adjusted with Photoshop.

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