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Thanksgiving imu returns

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

FIRST PHOTO: Lori Gudmunson adds another Thanksgiving turkey to a long line of birds waiting to be placed in Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene’s red-hot imu Wednesday evening. Gudmunson, who is the wife of pastor Mark Gudmunson, said they expected to cook about 450 turkeys for families who dropped off birds, as well as 15-20 that were donated to be shared with others in need. The annual free event in its 10th year, back after a year off due to the pandemic, was a whirlwind of activity with church members and volunteers shredding banana stalks, tending the long, wide fire pit, staging turkeys and directing traffic while a steady stream of neighbors and community members dropped off turkeys.

SECOND PHOTO: Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene members and volunteers shred banana stalks for the Thanksgiving imu. Baked by hot rocks and covered with the moisture-rich banana stalks, some 470 birds were scheduled to be cooked for 12 hours in the traditional Hawaiian imu.

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