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BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Traditional Smoking Wood in Hawaii

KaimukiMan | Aug 2, 201101:58 PM     27

I was reading a few old posts about making kalua pig and lau lau, Most of them mentioned the importance of using kiawe wood for an 'authentic' flavor, including my own posts. But Kiawe wasn't introduced to Hawaii until the late 1820's.

Does anyone know what the prefered wood(s) were before Kiawe arrived? Not that I want to start cutting down rare indigenous trees for lau lau, I'm just curious.

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