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Kalua Pua'a Recipe

Kalua Pua'a Recipe

kalua pig


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.

Yield: 4 servings


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


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