I will step into the imu and you must quickly cover me with earth.
Watch near the imu and in three days a young woman will appear.
On the third day everyone repaired to the edge of the imu and awaited the appearance of the woman of whom Hina Keahi had spoken.
With reverence they covered the imu once more and carefully smoothed it over.
Their food was cooked then, as now, by steaming it in an imu or underground oven with heated stones.
He was baked alive in the imu prepared on his own land at Waikiki.
As she drew near they noticed a striking resemblance to their own goddess, yet she, they knew, was buried in the imu.
Then Hina told them to make a place in the imu for a human sacrifice.
In fear they drew away, but the strange woman smiled and told them to uncover the imu.
imu: Underground stove made by scooping a hole in the ground, lining it with rocks, and building a fire in it.