Building A Hawaiian Earth Oven (Imu) | Day One: Build 'Em

For three days The Culinary Edge TV filmed the building, lighting, and eating from an authentic imu or Hawaiian Earth Oven on Hawai'i Island. The filming was the result of a local partnership between a community group called the Men of PA'A and an agricultural nonprofit called the Hawai'i Sheep and Goat Association. On day one the groups came together and proceeded to dig the hole and set up the imu for the next step, which is to burn. This series illustrates an ancient way of cooking in modern day Hawai'i. As Hawaiians struggle to retain their roots and culture imu is important in passing on old practices to new generations. It is also a sustainable way of cooking food as it requires no power. Stay tuned for Day two and Day three.

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Chef Ellard's mission is to bring you authentic local food and travel adventures from around the U.S. and the world. The Culinary Edge TV also highlights the new food consciousness that is emerging about the importance of eating food with quality ingredients. And eating as a way to understand other cultures, connect us back with nature, with ourselves and other human beings.

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