Traditional Hawaiian Imu Preparation and Full Moon Gathering

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Filled the imu pit with wood we gathered from the dry side of the island.
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Stacked the thick logs on top.
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Covered the wood with rocks.
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Collected banana leaves and stalks.
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The imu must burn for 5-6 hours until the coals are glowing before the food is placed in the pit.
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Banana stacks cover the coals to cushion the food, prevent burning and retain moisture.
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Banana leaves are then placed over the stalks for the final layer.
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Baskets woven together with ti leaves and chicken wire were then filled with coco yams, plantains, ulu (breadfruit), and a wild pig that the boys shot and processed.
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A thin sheet is then laid over the baskets and covered in dirt so that so heat can escape.
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The imu, full and complete. Ready for 10 hours of cooking before the feast begins!
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Erika’s halau performing traditional hula at our full moon gathering and graduation ceremony.
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