Ways to the Heart: Food and Foodways in Hawai'i

Recipes for lu'au Food

Oven Kalua Pork

3 lb pork butt

2 cups water

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1/4 cup Hawaiian salt (or rock salt)

Place pork fat side up in a roasting pan or deep casserole dish. Combine water and liquid smoke; pour over meat. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and roast in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours. Remove from pan and shred. Makes six servings.



1 lb luau leaf (or spinach)

12 ti leaves (or foil)

1 1/4 lb chicken (or boneless breasts)

1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt

Place chicken in bowl, add salt and work in thoroughly. Arrange chicken in spinach leaves and wrap in foil. Steam in a pressure cooker for 1 hour. Makes six servings.


Lomi Salmon

1/2 lb salted salmon

5 tomatoes, diced

10 green onions, chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 cup crushed ice

Soak salmon in water for 3 hours. Remove skin and bones; shred. Combine salmon, tomatoes and onions; knead until well mixed. Chill thoroughly. Add ice before serving. Makes six servings.



1 3/4 cups frozen coconut milk

5 tablespoons sugar

5 tablespoons cornstarch

3/4 cup water

Thaw coconut milk over low heat. Combine sugar and cornstarch, stir in water. Stir mixture into coconut milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Pour into an 8 inch square pan. Let cool until firm. Makes six servings.