Alaea salt, sometimes referred to as Hawaiian salt, is an unrefined sea salt that has been mixed with a red alae volcanic clay. It get its pink and brownish color from the particles of volcanic red clay. It is part of Native Hawaiian cuisine and is used to season dishes such as kalua, poke, and pipikaula (Hawaiian jerky). It was also used to cleanse, purify and bless tools, canoes, homes and temples. It was exported for use by salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest. It is also used in Native Hawaiian cuisine and fusion style cuisine of Hawaii and is exported.
Alaea salt was used by Hawaiians to cleanse, purify and bless tools, canoes, homes and temples. Alaea salt is also used in several traditional Hawaiian dishes such as Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Jerky and Poke. In the 19th century Hawaiians began producing large amounts of salt using European salt making techniques and became a leading salt supplier for salmon fishermen in the American Northwest.
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