Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Spam Jam preview

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Who’s going to the ninth annual Spam Jam this Saturday? The Nonstop Honolulu crew is, along with about 20,000 others — but you don’t have to be a spam fan to have fun at this annual event in Waikiki.

If you’re unfamiliar, the Spam Jam is a block party on Kalakaua Ave. with more than a dozen local restaurants serving spam-themed dishes from 4 to 10 p.m. (Actually, some of them have non-spam items on their menus to appease those who haven’t yet discovered the joy of eating Hawaii’s favorite processed meat.) There will also be two stages offering live, local entertainment throughout the night, a family tent with games and prizes, as well as spam-themed retail booths so you can wear your passion with pride.

Best of all, admission to the event is free. No, best of all: the event benefits the Hawaii Foodbank, the largest nonprofit in the state that feeds the needy. Even if you don’t eat at any of the food booths, visit the Foodbank’s tent and make a donation.

Tomorrow, we’ll post a photo gallery to help you preview what’s being served at the Spam Jam and let you know how it all tastes. But before we do, take a peek at some of the new spam items longtime participant Gordon Biersch will be offering.

We taste the rest of it and get to know chef David Saccomano at HawaiiIRL.com, so make sure you check out the rest of the video there!

12 comments
LenaHanson
LenaHanson

Totally bummed I missed spam jam this year!

djnocturna
djnocturna

Im sorry I missed the Spam Jam ! I would have loved to go ! Thank you for the interesting write up. The whole Island of Guam would love this !

WERUreo
WERUreo

That Spam quesadilla looks so ono! Have fun at Spam Jam everyone! Wish I could be there for it!

Melissa Chang
Melissa Chang

Dave, everything goes with spam!!

Yuenhdz, I haven't tried the spam onopop, Diane did that. But it will be mine on Saturday. Oh yes, it will be mine.

Melissa Chang
Melissa Chang

Dave, everything goes with spam!! Yuenhdz, I haven't tried the spam onopop, Diane did that. But it will be mine on Saturday. Oh yes, it will be mine.

yuenhdz
yuenhdz

Have you tried the Spam Ono Pop yet? They ran out by the time I got to the Blaisdell Farmers Market last night.

yuenhdz
yuenhdz

Have you tried the Spam Ono Pop yet? They ran out by the time I got to the Blaisdell Farmers Market last night.

Annoddah Dave
Annoddah Dave

Wine Gurl: Okay, I give up! Wot wine goes wit SPAM, "not too sweet, not too rancid, but jes right"? Boone's Farm went with everything ....

Annoddah Dave
Annoddah Dave

Wine Gurl: Okay, I give up! Wot wine goes wit SPAM, "not too sweet, not too rancid, but jes right"? Boone's Farm went with everything ....

Melissa Chang
Melissa Chang

Ynaku, wish you were here!

Turk, I still identify as a PR person so I can appreciate that!!

Melissa Chang
Melissa Chang

Ynaku, wish you were here! Turk, I still identify as a PR person so I can appreciate that!!

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

in the 50s, cases of SPAM lined the shelves of my friend Billy's dad's fallout shelter. he was an Air Force Gen. at the Pentagon. so he musta known sumthin'. this was Arlington,VA.

one day the Gen., after a few scotches, confided in me that it was just for show, ordered by the military as a public relations stunt. 'the Russians', he said. 'don't have shit for guidance systems, so they make up for it with way higher yield bombs than we have. if they hit anywhere around D.C. this fallout shelter will be part of the crater.' i was ten years old. i was impressed. we 'duck&cover' boomers grew up to be a nervous lot.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

in the 50s, cases of SPAM lined the shelves of my friend Billy's dad's fallout shelter. he was an Air Force Gen. at the Pentagon. so he musta known sumthin'. this was Arlington,VA. one day the Gen., after a few scotches, confided in me that it was just for show, ordered by the military as a public relations stunt. 'the Russians', he said. 'don't have shit for guidance systems, so they make up for it with way higher yield bombs than we have. if they hit anywhere around D.C. this fallout shelter will be part of the crater.' i was ten years old. i was impressed. we 'duck&cover' boomers grew up to be a nervous lot.

Ynaku
Ynaku

Oooh Spam :) The multifunctional meat. nom nom

Ynaku
Ynaku

Oooh Spam :) The multifunctional meat. nom nom

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@LenaHanson it's OK! Not in your diet! You would have been too tempted if you were there.

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