I have a confession to make; this weekend was the first time I have ever eaten Spam. For most people this wouldn’t be much of a milestone, however because I’ve lived in Hawaii for the last 19 years, it’s almost unfathomable to believe I’ve avoided it all this time. You see, spam is a local Hawaiian favorite. Eating spam Misubi and loco moco is a rite of passage for locals in the islands. Spam is so popular you can find it on the menus of fast food restaurants like McDonald’s.

While I have never eaten Spam before this weekend, I have wondred that it would taste like dog food. Not good.Bleh!!

The loss of my spam virginity happened because I attended this year’s Spam Jam. This is a highly anticipated festival in Hawaii that celebrates, all things Spam. For nine hours on a Saturday usually toward the end of April every year the main drag in Waikiki, Kalakaua Avenue, is transformed into a Spam lovers fantasy. We had the opportunity to enjoy an amazing array of samples that were being served throughout the festival. While I can’t remember at all of the dishes the spam chili really stood out and the Spam Fusion Fajitas from Jimmy Bufftets. I enjoyed most of the dishes but a couple looked too gross, like the taco, which had large chunks of spam. I preferred the dishes that had a small amount of spam mixed in with the recipe.I will definitely never eat spam out of the can, however, I won’t be afraid to try a dish that has some mixed in at the next Hawaiian party I attend..

I finally dawned on me that it wasn’t really about eating spam out of the can, but rather using it as an ingredient for interesting recipes. DUH!! The truth is that folks in Hawaii aren’t as much in love with spam as they are with the things they can do in recipes with this famous Lunchmeat.


  1. HA! I beat you! I had a Spam musubi on our first trip to Hawaii. Still holding out on the Loco Moco, but I see that there is a Keki version at Big City Diner, so if I get the urge it will be there. 🙂

  2. About a year ago I was at a friends birthday party here at Brooklyn…..and it went all night long. Around 5am, with all of us very drunk and hungry, she cooked us all loco moco (the first time I’d ever had it). It’s sooo good!!

  3. Growing up thru the 60’s I remember many Spam enhanced meals. Fried egg’s and Spam, and dinners with fried Spam.

    I must say though, its been a long time since I have had Spam now.

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