A Hawaiian Turkey Recipe

Aloha and Happy Thanksgiving!

As an alternative to the traditional roasted turkey, or the popular deep fried turkey, why not give this simple and truly tasty recipe a try – Oven Kalua Turkey.


  • 1 twelve pound turkey
  • 16 large ti leaves
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons Hawaiian salt
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke


Rinse and drain turkey. Line a large baking pan with foil. Wash ti leaves in a sink of cold water with a few drops of dish soap then rinse. Remove fibrous part of the veins. Line baking pan with ti leaves radiating from center. Place two additional ti leaves across the middle of the pan. Place turkey on the ti leaves. Rub butter, salt, then liquid smoke on inside and outside of turkey. Place 4-6 ti leaves over the turkey. Fold leaves around the turkey.Crimp foil around turkey and cover pan tightly with additional foil. Roast in electric oven at 375 degrees F for 6 hours. Shred turkey and add in pan liquid to moisten meat. Makes 8-10 servings.