Hawai'i Trip - [Lu'ah]

Lu'ah (pronounced loo-ow), means Hawaiian Feast; literally it means taro leaves.

We reserved a Lu'ah at another resort further down the coast. For some reason we did not reserve the one in our resort, which would have made the drive less. We drove back down to Kailau-Kona to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach for an authentic Lu'ah.

The site was historic in a way: The grounds contained a Heiau (pronounced hey-ee-ow) that was used by Kamehameha himself. A heiau is a Hawaiian temple, and the one shown below is preserved by the state.

The pig was prepared and placed into an underground over called an imu (pronounced ee-moo) and left to cook most of the day. The pig is the taken out at the Lu'ah and shredded. Other Lu'ah foods include Poi (a taro paste), Lomi (a raw salmon salad), and other Pu'pu (appetizers).

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Here we are standing in line to get our Lei and picture taken. The start of the Lu'ah by the host. The pig in the imu, covered by banana leaves.
Here we are standing in line to get our Lei and picture taken. The start of the Lu'ah by the host. The pig in the imu, covered by banana leaves.
A good picture of the heiau. A picture of some of the entertainment after dinner. Some of the costumes took on some Western attributes.
A good picture of the heiau. A picture of some of the entertainment after dinner. Some of the costumes took on some Western attributes.
Here is a picture from our resorts' Lu'ah, showing the <i>imu</i> preparation. Here is the pig buried in the imu.
Here is a picture from our resorts' Lu'ah, showing the imu preparation. Here is the pig buried in the imu.