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kalua pig Syllabification: ka·lu·a pig
Pronunciation: /kəˈlo͞oə ˌpiɡ/

Definition of kalua pig in English:


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
More example sentences
  • The kalua pig is usually the centerpiece of a Hawaiian luau.
  • An earthen oven called an imu is used to expertly roast kalua pigs, the most popular lu'au food.
  • 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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  • Hungry for the kalua pork he grew up eating in Hawaii, Gary developed an easier and quicker version.
  • 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.


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

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