(BIVN) – Mānā Christian ʻOhana was hard at work on Wednesday, preparing a special imu full of 136 turkeys to feed their Waimea community on Thanksgiving.
Kimo Hoʻopai, Jr. explained the process to videograpger Matt Binder, who documented this year’s event.
“We did it so much times,” Hoʻopai said, “we can close our eyes and do it. Because we trust in what was handed down from my grandfather to me. My grandfather was an imu master, my dad, and then me. But now our sons are doing it.”
Hoʻopai said at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, they are going to pull all the dirt back, take the plastics off, “and then one by one pull all that burlap bags off and then form a line and send all the turkeys back in,” he said.