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Oahu high school gets first state-approved imu on campus

March 30, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — Mililani High School has on its campus the first state-approved imu — a traditional Hawaiian underground oven that starts with a pit and lots of rocks and ends with a slow-cooked Kalua pig.

The school recently used the imu to cook a pig for public school lunch, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday.

“We cooked it all night. We pulled it at about 4:30 in the morning and that was pork shoulder and a little Hawaiian salt,” chef Greg Christian of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners said.

The certification for the imu was authorized by the Department of Education and Department of Health. It’s part of the Department of Education’s new Aina Pono Farm to School program.

“Students across our campus are excited to eat here not across the street, not at home, but right here,” said Alyssa Yamada-Barretto, student body president.

Lt. Gov. Doug Chin said students at other schools are asking for imus of their own.

Albert Scales, administrator of the School Food Services Branch, said the Department of Education serves 1 million school lunches each year, so buying local supports Hawaii farms and businesses.

“So not only are we serving a better meal for the same cost, but the kids aren’t throwing it away so that is amazing,” Mililani Principal Fred Murphy said.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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