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Carol Chang

Thanksgiving Imu A Windward Tradition

Windward fans of ground-cooked turkeys will have at least four area venues to choose from for their traditional imu roasts this Thanksgiving – but act fast.

Kailua and Castle High and Enchanted Lake Elementary schools all offer the service, along with KEY Project in Kahaluu. The details are below.

* Kailua High School athletic program will open its underground oven Nov. 27 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to accept turkeys, roasts, etc. Cooking space is on sale now for $20 per aluminum tray of thawed, seasoned and well-wrapped meat. Imu master Todd Hendricks advises customers to make three deep cuts in the meat, if bringing pork butt, roast or ham to cook. Also, write your name on the foil with a permanent marker before the final wrap. Weight limit is 25 pounds. Pickup time is 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 28, and the first 400 orders will be honored. Mail-in deadline is Nov. 15. Mail checks, payable to Kailua High School, to 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua HI 96734. Write “Attention IMU” on the lower left corner of the envelope. Enclose phone number and a self-addressed stamped envelope for the imu tag and receipt. Hendricks expects to sell out quickly. For more information, call him at 728-7389 or Ramona Takahashi at 266-7910.

* Enchanted Lake Elementary’s imu roast, also Nov. 27-28, will benefit its classroom computer fund. Fee is $20 per aluminum tray – up to 20 pounds of thawed, seasoned and well-wrapped meat. Trays should be delivered between 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and picked up from 7 to 9 a.m. Nov. 28. Mail-in deadline is Nov. 20. Mail checks, payable to the school, to 770 Keolu Drive, Kailua HI 96734. Write “IMU” on the lower left corner of the envelope. Enclose phone number and a self-addressed stamped envelope for the imu tag and receipt. For more information, call Barbara at 263-1411, ext. 236.

* Castle High School’s Future Farmers of America students’ kalua turkey tickets cost $20, and preparation instructions come with each ticket purchase at the school office or through FFA students. Bring prepared items Nov. 27 and pick them up Nov. 28. For details, call teacher Joshua Jackson at 233-5600 or 295-1561.

* KEY (Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth) Project has its 27th annual turkey imu fundraiser Nov. 27-28 at 47-200 Waihee Road. Tickets cost $20 and are available at the KEY office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details, call 239-5777.

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