Event Finds: Waikiki

Spam Jam

In Hawai‘i residents consume the most spam per person than anywhere else in the United States. So it's no surprise that the state that consumes close to seven million cans of Spam each year also has its own festival for it, and the annual Waikiki Spam Jam -- held every April along Kalakaua Avenue -- is a food festival like no other.

Your opu (belly) will be singing a new tune as you sample spam dishes from some of the island's top eateries who take a local twist on Hawai‘i's favorite canned meat. Our taste buds were abuzz with Spam Jam twists like the loco moco spam burger, spam siu mai, spam street tacos and more. Spam-a-licious.

After filling your stomach on spam, you can jam out at one of the event's two entertainment stages or check out the Spam-themed merchandise tents and Hawaiian craft booths. And while there is no cost for admission to Spam Jam, attendees can make a donation of canned spam (or any other canned food) to the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Because we can all do something to can hunger!

To make plans for next year's spam-a-jama visit www.spamjamhawaii.com.


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Admission is free but bring a canned good to make a donation to the Hawai‘i Foodbank and help can hunger.


Branch out and sample the festival's ample selection of spam dishes. Spam tacos and Spam ravioli? Yes please!


After you've spammed out, jam out to live local entertainment.

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