Kālua Your Thanksgiving Turkey

For over 30 years, KEY Project has offered the community a space to cook their Thanksgiving turkey in a traditional Native Hawaiian underground oven – called an ʻimu. We are proud to continue the traditional and cultural practices of this ʻāina and to perpetuate the practice of preparing the ʻimu, lighting the ʻimu, and working together to cook a meal that families have lovingly prepared for this moment. The idea of food and preparing a meals together transcends all cultures and we value these traditions.

All proceeds from the cost of the ʻimu ticket goes towards KEY Project to continue our programs and services.


  • You may imu a thawed turkey or meat of choice (ham, chicken, fish or pork).
  • 25lb weight limit.
  • Brine, season or rub with salt.
  • You may use a turkey bag to keep juices in.
  • Wrap with heavy duly foil tightly 6 times around, 3 long ways and 3 short ways. (75 feet will wrap 2 items)
  • NO PANS!
  • Masking tape across length and width to keep the foil tight.
  • Write your ticket # and name with permanent marker. Failure to do so may result in receiving the imu item of another customer.
  • Tie your imu item like a gift with string at least 2 times.
  • If you show up without tape or string there will be a wrapping tent/table.
  • If your turkey is in a pan, you will be asked to re-wrap at the wrapping tent/table.
  • If your turkey is not wrapped well (example a leg is sticking out) you will be asked to re-wrap at the wrapping tent/table.
  • Please bring a pan, cooler or plastic bags to contain juices from the turkey at pickup.

How You Can Help

  • Wood Donations: Mango, Kiawe, Guava, Lychee
  • Volunteer: Contact our office at 239-5777 for volunteer dates and hours.
  • Sponsor: Match a portion of the proceeds to benefit KEY project or sponsor a dish for our volunteers.

Did you know? If you plan to have your own imu, you must call 723-FIRE before lighting it, to warn the fire department