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  • n. The traditional Hawaiian oven.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Hawaiian Islands, a pit used for baking meat or vegetables by means of heated stones.

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  • n. a terrorist group of Islamic militants formed in 1996; opposes Uzbekistan's secular regime and wants to establish an Islamic state in central Asia; is a conduit for drugs from Afghanistan to central Asian countries


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  • From her visit to the Old Lahaina Lu‘au Bonnie knew that an imu was an underground oven, but she was still surprised.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • They were greeted with beautiful, fragrant flower leis and enjoyed a delicious feast of kalua pua‘a—pork roasted in a beachside underground oven called an imu—as well as fish, poi, chicken, vegetables, fruit, and salads.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • He added that the buffet-style feast has remained an island favorite for its imu ceremony revealing the kalua pig as it's removed from the underground oven.

    Dawna L. Robertson: Up a Lazy River

  • On Christmas Day, Claire, Midori, and Bonnie hosted a Christmas luau for their guests, with a delicious buffet and a succulent roast pig cooked in the new underground imu Eric had built.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • As evening approached, the faculty and the first campers of Aloha Quilt Camp gathered on the central lanai for a Welcome Luau, full of all the delicious flavors Bonnie had come to love: kalua pork cooked all day in the imu, steamed chicken laulaus, vegetable long rice, lomi lomi salmon, and taro rolls, with coconut pudding haupia for dessert.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • As they awaited the start of the show, they strolled through the grounds admiring the demonstrations of traditional crafts and gathered around to watch the opening of the imu.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • As she puzzled out his last words, Hinano grinned at her bewilderment and brought her closer to the imu, where three large Hawaiian men were shoveling aside a thick layer of loose sand to reveal what appeared to be a thick covering of kapa cloth, woven mats, and burlap bags.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • We eat local potato-macaroni salad, Lomi-Lomi salmon and tomato salad (salted salmon was introduced to people here by Western sailors in the 19th Century), Kauai papaya and pineapple and taste poi, the Hawaiian staple, fresh baked taro rolls (better than bland poi!), coconut-mashed purple sweet potatoes, and pork that had been roasted underground in an imu (Hawaiian earth oven).

    Eileen Ogintz: Kauai Morphs From Garden Isle to Adventure Haven

  • Mo theres farms that produce 'exotic' cuts of meat for restaurants, such as elk/bison/imu etc.

    The Mysterious Case of the Shrinking Elk Head

  • Well a microwave might be fine forwarming uppot pies but here in Hawaii, if you want a luau, you gotta dig the imu, fire up the rocks and tend it all night long.

    Microwave prayers


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