Definition of kalua pig in English:

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kalua pig

Pronunciation: /kəˈlo͞oə ˌpiɡ/


1(In Hawaii) a whole pig baked underground in an imu until the meat is very tender: two kalua pigs are usuallv prepared for each luau
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  • Imus are used to prepare kalua pigs for luaus or other large gatherings.
  • Watch (and feast on) kalua pigs dug out of the imu, enjoy fire knife dancers and take in the tastes and music of all Polynesia.
  • When I wasn’t in the water, I was grilling or barbecuing—mostly with my Dad, who cooked kalua pigs at luaus.
1.1 (also kalua pork) The meat of a kalua pig, or pork cooked in a manner intended to resemble this, typically pulled apart into small pieces for serving: the taro farmers fed us kalua pig try classic Hawaiian-style kalua pork
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  • Here, a group of women dance a traditional hula on stage, while the crowd enjoys native dishes such as lomi lomi salmon and kalua pig.
  • I ordered Hawaiian-style eggs Benedict: poached eggs on savory kalua pig and taro hash.
  • Try the wickedly delicious steamed Opakapaka (pink snapper) laulau and shredded kalua pig wrapped in taro pancake.


From Hawaiian kālua, literally 'baked in an underground oven'.

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Syllabification: ka·lu·a pig

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