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imu

[ee-moo] /ˈi mu/
noun, Hawaii.
1.
a usually large, covered cooking pit in which food is cooked by means of heated stones.
Origin of imu
From Hawaiian
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  • I will step into the imu and you must quickly cover me with earth.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • In the meantime Hina Keahi had not remained in the imu for long.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • Watch near the imu and in three days a young woman will appear.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • With reverence they covered the imu once more and carefully smoothed it over.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • Then Hina told them to make a place in the imu for a human sacrifice.

  • He was baked alive in the imu prepared on his own land at Waikiki.

    Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)

    W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
  • imu: Underground stove made by scooping a hole in the ground, lining it with rocks, and building a fire in it.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • On the third day everyone repaired to the edge of the imu and awaited the appearance of the woman of whom Hina Keahi had spoken.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • Then Hina Kuluua would order them out of her sight and command them to hurry the completion of the imu.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • As she drew near they noticed a striking resemblance to their own goddess, yet she, they knew, was buried in the imu.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai

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