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Kalua Pua'a, or Roast Pork - Polynesian Cultural Center Ali'i Luau

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Kalua Pua'a being removed from an Imu at the Polynesian Cultural Center

Kalua Pua'a being removed from an Imu at the Polynesian Cultural Center

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

Kalua pua'a, or roast pork, as its prepared in the Hawaiian imu or underground steam oven.

Kalua pork is usually seasoned with sea salt and sometimes green onions and a staple at all luaus.

This recipe is courtesy of the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. This is the main course at their Ali'i Luau.

For more information on the Polynesian Cultural Luau Center Ali'i Luau visit their website.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • Pork butt, 3 lbs
  • Hawaiian (or sea) salt, 3 tbsp
  • ti leaves
  • Water, 1/2 gal

Preparation:

Defrost pork butts. Rinse pork with cold water and place in medium roasting pan. Rub Hawaiian (or sea) salt on park and add water. Cover pork with ti leaves and cover roasting pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours, or until meat is soft. Remove foil and ti leaves, debone and shred pork; add more Hawaiian salt if needed for taste.
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