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The annual event, now in its 16th year, attracts approximately 30,000 attendees every year, a crowd comprised of visitors and residents alike. This is not surprising, as Hawaii is the largest per-capita consumer of the canned meat in all the United States.
This year’s event is focused on encouraging attendees to “reduce waste and increasing recycling to lessen” the impact of waste in the Hawaiian Islands. The Waikiki SPAM JAM is partnering with a number of Hawaii organizations to increase awareness of “green” initiatives.
In its effort to support the Hawaii Foodbank, this year the event will team up with the Waikiki Community Center, and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. VASH is a vital means of support for visitors who encounter the difficulties that can sometimes befall travelers.
The Kokua Hawaii Foundation has teamed with the Waikiki SPAM JAM to encourage attendees to bring purchase collapsible water bottles, or to bring their own reusable water bottles refillable at any of the many fresh drinking water stations that will be on hand at many locations throughout the event. The Kokua Hawaii Foundation will also be providing recycling bins along Kalakaua Avenue.
The local non-profit organization Aloha Harvest will save vendors’ unsold foods, making sure that the tasty items on offer will be distributed to those who need them most. The Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival also encourages participating restaurants and vendors to use compostable and plastic free and “Earth friendly” containers.
At the festival’s end, Aloha Harvest will gather unused food for donation to over 175 charitable organizations committed to feeding Hawaii’s hungry families.
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Of course, in addition to its community-building efforts, the Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival will offer a wide variety of entertainment on three different stages. The Outrigger Stage will feature beloved lcal entertainers Jeff Rssmussen and Robi Kahakalau and Maunalua among others. The Shops of Hawaii Stage will feature seven different acts, including ska favorites No Villains Left and the young phenoms Close the Distance (known formerly as EMKE, a SPAM JAM staple for years now).
The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card and Mileage Plan Stage will feature five of Hawaii’s most respected hula halau, including both the men and women of Halau Na Mana O Puuhanaulu.
In its many years of service to the Hawaii Foodbank and other charitable organizations, the Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival has helped untold number of Hawaii families and those in need. All attendees are encouraged to bring a can of Spam as a donation. This will result in at least 20,000 cans of much-needed nourishment for the impoverished in Hawaii.
The Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival is not only an excellent way to enjoy an evening in Waikiki. It is a serious endeavor that seeks to reach out to Hawaii’s families in need. More than 20 of Hawaii’s most notable restaurants will be participating this year, including Atlantis Seafood & Restaurant, PF Chang’s, Duke’s Restaurant, Hula Grill, and Gordon Biersch. Each participating restaurant will offer unique dishes featuring Hawaii’s favorite food staple.
The Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival takes place on Saturday, April 28 at 4:00pm and will run until 10:00pm. The event is free to attend. Visit the SPAM JAM Festival website for further information about transportation and parking.