As you are trying to choose a luau to include as part of your Hawaii vacation, you’ll probably come across the terms imu ceremony. You may be wondering what is an imu and why is there a ceremony. An imu is an underground oven that uses a combination of hot coals, stones and layers of leaves and cloth or mats to steam food. For a luau, the imu is primarily used to cook the delicious shredded kalua pork, a staple on any luau menu.
An imu ceremony is usually held at the beginning of a luau before the dinner is served. Basically, the ceremony consists of removing the layers of cloth and leaves from the pit oven to expose the cooked pork. The pork is removed from the pit and taken to the kitchen for shredding. Though, there is really no pomp and circumstance to this ceremony, it is interesting to see this ancient cooking process.
If you are trying to plan to attend a luau on your Hawaii vacation, see my tips for choosing a Hawaii vacation luau. Also, take a look at these posts comparing the major luaus:
Have you been to a luau in Hawaii? Which one did you attend? Did you see an imu ceremony? What did you think?