Most people are well aware of Hawaii's love affair with SPAM®. The ubiquitous pink, gelatinous block of pork has become a fixture of the local diet since its introduction in World War II. The uncertainty of island life both then (in time of war) and now (subject to the mercy of hurricanes, tsunamis, and striking shipyard workers) necessitated a product that was both portable, durable, and had no need of refrigeration. A necessary staple to have on the shelf in case of emergency like bags of rice and toilet paper, SPAM® has slowly taken a prominent place on Hawaii's culinary pallet. It has replaced bacon at breakfast, ham on pizzas, and hot dogs at the local convenience stores. The saltiness of SPAM® also makes it a perfect complement to the Pacific Rim cuisine for which Hawaii is best known. It has become so popular, in fact, that it has its own festival right in the heart of Waikiki.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Waikiki SPAM® Jam (www.spamjamhawaii.com) held on April 28, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. along Kalakaua Avenue. The Waikiki SPAM® Jam is an annual street party celebrating Hawaii's love for the canned meat covering 3 city blocks. Kalakaua Avenue will be closed to car traffic for the event, and two entertainment stages are set up on the street, one in front of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and the second fronting the Royal Hawaiian Center and will feature some of Hawaii's finest entertainers. Between the stages, several of Honolulu's finest chefs and restaurants will be serving up SPAM® inspired meals and products, so you can experience the enormous variety of its applications. Among the favorites are SPAM® and Eggs, SPAM® Musubi, SPAM® and Rice, SPAM® Tacos, SPAM® Lau Lau and SPAM® Poke.