Since the 1940s Hawaii has had a love affair with spam. Hormel, the makers of the product claim it got its name from a contest that was conducted to come up with a name for the pork and ham concoction. It became popular in Hawaii when the Islanders would stock up on the luncheon meat because it didn’t have to be refrigerated during threats of hurricanes, tsunamis and strikes. In Hawaii, spam is so popular you can even find it at fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King. In just about every in Waikiki Spam Misubi for about three bucks.
Over the past seven years there’s been a celebration of sorts in Waikiki called the “Waikiki Spam Jam” and this year it will be held April 24 from 4 p.m. to 10 PM. It happens along, Kalakaua Avenue and features live entertainment and obviously lots of spam. Many of the local restaurants will be preparing dishes using the famous lunchmeat in a
variety of dishes. If you’re going to be in Hawaii this is a festival you don’t want to miss even if you’re not a Spam fan. Each year thousands of people return to Waikiki to take part in all of the festivities.
After all, where else can you see a giant 313 foot spam weighing in at 275 pounds?
Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Feb 16, 2010