Kailua High School prepares Hawaiian-style Thanksgiving dinner

Published On: Nov 27 2013 10:43:00 PM HST

Students at Kailua High School cooked a Thanksgiving meal using a traditional Hawaiian method.  They have been preparing their imu for six weeks now, and they kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday in style.

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Roughly a thousand pounds of kiawe wood, burning for five hours, then topped with stumps and leaves, and it's full steam ahead.  After much preparation, it's time to lay the turkeys on top and set them to cook under a tight seal for 12 hours.

Hundreds of Kailua High School student athletes pitched in for their annual fundraiser that will bring in more than $8,000.

"It's good, since we can come together and then eat all together!" says Kahea Makua, a senior at Kailua High School.

"We're giving back to kids, hopefully they will move on with the tradition.  This is what Hawaiians used to do to cook their food," says volunteer Victor Nobrega-Olivera.

It's not just students, but the entire community that comes together.  Former science teacher Todd Hendricks will retire as imu master this year after starting the tradition more than 20 years ago.

The massive imu also brings together little kids like Royal Crowell, who's been helping his dad every year for the last six years.

"When you smell the ti leaves, you smell Hawaiian, and it smells so good," says Crowell.

And once the work is done, it's time to celebrate.

PHOTOS: Cooking Thanksgiving dinner imu-style

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