Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Only in Hawaii: SPAM JAM

You've heard of food festivals but I bet you haven't heard of, or even imagined, that there is a festival dedicated to Spam. Yes, Spam. 

The Spam Jam Hawaii website states: "Introduced in 1937 by Hormel foods, more Spam is consumed per person in Hawaii than in any other state in the United States. Almost 7 million cans of Spam are eaten every year in Hawaii." Bottom line - these people love there Spam, y'all. 

Think Chili Fest in College Station, Rodeo Cook Off in Houston, Louisiana's Crawfish Festival, etc. Spam Jam is a big food festival that revolves around Hawaii's cultural tradition of adding Spam to their menus. Local food vendors set up shop and serve their signature dishes with a twist - they add Spam, of course. You'll find things like Spam burgers, Spam fried rice, Spam tacos, Spam popsicles... just to name a few. People even dress up as Spam! Entertainment and merchandise booths are also set up during this annual event.

It's estimated that about 25,000 people attend the Spam Jam in Honolulu every year.

Here are pictures from the 11th Annual, 2013 Waikiki Spam Jam ---

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Spam Jam Hawaii

Spam Jam Hawaii

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Spam Jam Hawaii

Spam Jam Hawaii

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Spam Jam Hawaii

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Cans of Spam
Spam Musubi
Spam Musubi pillows!
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Waikiki Spam Jam

Duke's Lane Hawaii
My favorite street, of course!
Spam Jam Hawaii

Spam Jam Hawaii

Spam Musubi
Spam Musubi - a local treat consisting of rice, egg, and grilled Spam, all wrapped in dried seaweed

Pretty crazy, huh? For more info about the Spam Jam, visit their official website at

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Cbiji Collection said...

Wow! This is such a different and definitely unique festival! Spam! haha Great photos!

Ladies in Navy said...

i adore spam musubi and make it here on the mainland all the time! this is a riot. i hadn't heard of this before.
kw ladies in navy

Jane @ Poppiness said...

I am SO mad, we have missed Spam Jam every single year we've been here and it looks like we won't be around next year for it. Le sigh. Jealous! It looks awesome.

Nikki Mitchell said...

OMG!!! I love Musubis :) Definitely miss Hawaii and having access to all the musubis I wanted. Now I have to make them myself. But my handy dandy musubi maker is awesome!

Aukele @ Instant Mommie said...

Oh I love it!!! I love to cook my spam in a little sugar and shoyu - pan fried before making my musubis.. I also like to add wet nori to the rice before I lay the musubi on top.. I'm not too sure what its called, but I know what the jar looks like at Longs. It's label is only in Japanese. I love that you featured this - and hope you didn't get too spammed out at the spam jam!

Setarra said...

I've never tried spam ever but have heard mixed reviews about it. I can't believe there's a whole festival dedicated to it! Super cool and thanks for sharing!

Ashlee :) said...

I like Spam! My favorite is to fry it and then cut it up into my macaroni and cheese. Yummmm! :)


Carly said...

This is amazing!!!! I love it!


Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

What great photos, it looks like an amazing event!

Sparkles and Shoes

Stesha Jordan said...

when I lived in Hawaii I ate Musubi allll of the time!!! i want to be at that spam event!!


Chelsey Patti said...

Oh my gosh- haha they really go all out!!!

I saw the episode of Anthony Bordain in Hawaii featuring Spam, and it sure did make it look appetizing. You like?...


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This is such a different unique festival!

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Adrienne @ BlackWhiteColor said...

Wowzers! That looks intense!! I live in Louisiana and we have the most amazing food festivals! Yum!!

Kristine said...

Spam jam?! This is something else! And definitely something you could only find in Hawaii, haha. Looks like a blast!

Shio Waline said...

Were you able to go?? Were you in Hawaii? I would totally try that Spam Musabi!! :) Cute pics thanks for sharing!!


smk053078 said...

Shut up!!! This looks like something that would happen in Austin...actually I think there might be something similar!! LOL! It looked like a lot of random fun!! :)

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