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12th Annual Waikiki Spam Jam March 15, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.
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Did not know there was such a thing, but what could be better than celebrating Spam on a May day in Hawaii?

The Waikiki SPAM JAM® is a street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for SPAM®, a canned meat from Hormel Foods. In Hawaii, you will find SPAM® at all grocery and convenience stores, many restaurants and in most homes in Hawaii.

This street festival is great for all ages, as the event includes Hawaii’s top restaurants, two stages with free entertainment, and a variety of Hawaiian retailers. This is also a special event that benefits the Hawaii Foodbank, the largest non-profit in Hawaii that feeds the needy.

Please take a look around our website for more information on this annual cultural tradition in Hawaii.

Replete with Hawaiian babeage (and some unfortunate babeage blockers):

SpamJam

Seems like an obvious choice for the next Meatup.

If you can’t make it to Hawaii, you can always enjoy the rich heritage of Spam right here in the US of A. Here’s my kids doing that very thing over a decade ago:

The Kids and Mr Spam

Yes, those cherubs certainly do enjoy indulging their father’s whims.

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1. Cathy - March 15, 2014

I like SPAM more than SPAM likes me…

2. Cathy - March 15, 2014

Story: A group of my colleagues took one of our gal friends on a house-boat-on-a-lake vacation years ago. The one gal had just been through cancer-chemo treatments, so she had no hair and a very crabby attitude. She even warned everyone that she was planning to NOT be much fun. The OTHER gals in the group decided that the very thing she needed was to have all her meals made with SPAM — so when they went to the grocery store to shop for their week-long excursion on this house boat, the only protein they purchased were cans and cans of SPAM. Our friend started out very crabby — the phrase damn-SPAM!!! came out of her mouth on a regular basis. The other gals just kept serving SPAM. By the end of the week she could not say the word SPAM without smiling or giggling. She’s the one who told me this story. That was almost 20 years ago. Every time I reconnect with her, SPAM and laughs are part of our conversation.

3. Jimbro - March 15, 2014

Suddenly having a hankering for some Spam.

4. Jimbro - March 15, 2014

Great story Cathy. My favorite part was when you said you were able to reconnect with her and share stories (Survivor!).

Cathy - March 15, 2014

Thanks, Jimbro. I have worked with and learned from some very wise Jedi-Ministry professionals.

5. Cathy - March 15, 2014

My favorite way to prepare SPAM is to slice thinly — about 1/4″ and fry in an unseasoned pan on medium-low heat until crispy but not burnt.

*mouth waters*

6. obf - March 15, 2014

For eons past I made a joke gift. Took a can of spam and tied a cord through the key. You got it….Spam on a Rope!

7. Michael - March 15, 2014

It’s still huge in South Korea, a legacy of GIs eating and sharing it with impoverished civilians during the war.

8. Michael - March 15, 2014

My dad’s all-purpose campfire meal starts with Spam. Fried in an iron skillet — Spam, sliced potato, canned green beans, onion, whatever, topped with a couple eggs thrown in at the end. Mmmmmmmm good. He called it Slumgullion.

9. Michael - March 15, 2014

You might throw some fish back in the lake just to have Slumgullion™ instead.

10. lauraw - March 16, 2014

Cute pic of the kids, Geoff. The little one looks like she is vowing to herself to set you on fire later.

11. lauraw - March 16, 2014

My dad has a picture of my older sister and me standing in front of a stone wall at Barkhamsted reservoir, looking daggers at him. Little pissy furrowed brows and everything. I was five. It was very cold outside. We were not feeling cute.

12. geoff - March 16, 2014

The little one looks like she is vowing to herself to set you on fire later.

Ah the good old days. Now, of course, she’s a teen, so our relationship is on rockier ground.

Carrie can’t really happen, right?

13. osoloco11 - March 17, 2014

My husband had never had SPAM until he married me. SPAM on tortilla with roasted green chile and mustard is yum. My Mom makes a killer SPAM fried rice. Pacific Islanders, Natives, and Messicans. 2 of our main food groups are Vienna Sausages and SPAM. (Insert Monty Python earworm here)

14. daveintexas - March 17, 2014

Carrie can happen with a can of lighter fluid and a box of matches.

Watch yaself


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