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Beverages & Pupus

Poke Aku
"For six months of the year the ‘ōpelu might be eaten and the aku was kapu, and was not to be eaten by chiefs or commoners. Then again, for the other six months the aku might be eaten, and the ‘ōpelu in turn was kapu. Thus it was every year." (David Malo)

Dried Akule
There are two stages of drying fish; iʻa maemae (partly dried, for keeping a short time only), and iʻa maloʻo or iʻa kaulaʻi (for keeping a longer period). When well dried, many fish became hard and stiff. Heads are usually left on, then generously salted.