Did you know almost seven million cans of Spam are eaten every year in Hawaii? That’s four-and-a-third cans per person. Did you eat your share? Alas, I did not. (Confession: I have never eaten a single can of Spam.)
Tomorrow, some 20,000 people are expected to crowd Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Oahu between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. for—of all things—SpamJam. (Officially, Waikiki SpamJam.) Yes, we’re talking about the canned, spiced ham here. And, no, the consumption of Spam did not skyrocket when the economy plummeted. Per-person Spam consumption in Hawaii is greater than any other state in the U.S., a record it probably captured and hasn’t relinquished since Hormel Foods introduced the canned good in 1937.
Have you tried Spam Musubi? Spam Katsu? Spamakopita? How about Spam Fusion Fajitas? Spam Won Ton? Spam Tacos? Spam Poke? And Spam Pan Lau Lau?
But this isn’t just your average food event? No way. No how. An event isn’t an event in Hawaii without music. So, the main drag in Waikiki will be closed to traffic, two stages will be erected and Cyril Pahinui—who just celebrated his birthday a couple days ago—will perform. Then, Germaine’s Luau. Weldon Kekauoha and Maunaloa. That’s just one stage. One the second, Hana Hou, Emke, Elephant and Separate Ways will perform.
Spam Fried Noodles? Spam Cake? Spam Mahi Carbonara? How about Spam Fried Rice and Spam Sushi Specialty Rolls?
Spam Not So Loco Moco? Spam Rice Loco? Spam Hula Pie?
Fiesta Spam and Crab Dip? Spam Maui Onion Salsa? Volcano Nachos with Spam Chili? Spam Chili with Rice? Spam Fusion Fajitas?
Spam Siu mai? Spam Maunapua? Spam Dim Sum Plate?
Guava Mango BBQ Spam Sliders? Shichimi Spiced Spam Wrap? Ono Spam Fried Noodles (Pancit)? Crispy Spam GauGee? Sicilian Spam & Basil Pizza Bread?
Hmm. I may have to re-think Spam, and I just may consume my annual quota of 4.66 cans tomorrow. Care to join me?