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2009 Waikiki SPAM JAM

The 2009 Waikiki SPAM JAM took place last week Saturday, April 25th, from 4pm to 10pm on Kalakaua avenue. Following are photos I took at the event. Enjoy.

Notice they added SPAM Hot Dogs on the back of the costume this year, which kinda’ look like rocket boosters…

These were basically Shack Sliders with a thick slice of grilled of SPAM on it and a generous dollop of Pineapple Salsa. The potato salad also had SPAM in it. This was ONO! Brendan, you need to put this on your menu as a daily special.

Brendan, owner of The Shack Waikiki…

You know what? I missed seeing them serving (or displaying) the SPAM Hot Dog. Where was it? Darned it. This was the only place I recall even having the new! SPAM Hot Dog, which is a shame. Shame, I tell ya’.

Volcano Nachos with SPAM Chili…

SPAM Chili with Rice…

Duke’s famous Hula Pie…

There’s a Japanese version of this turning slicer made by Benriner. I need to get one.

Hopefully they serve Bull Dog or Ikari brand Tonkatsu sauce with that. Better not be no Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Ack!

PF Chang’s wokin’ it.  Sam Choy should like this shot…

PF Chang’ s SPAM lettuce wraps with a Schezuan twist…

SPAM Okonomiyaki and SPAM Yaki Soba…

You can’t have a SPAM JAM in Hawaii without SPAM Musubi…

The luck of the Irish is present with Don Murphy of Murphy’s Bar and Grill from downtown Honolulu…

Corned Beef Hash with SPAM and a Corned Beef & Cabbage “SPAMwich”…

A SPAM Loco Moco (not from Murphy’s, and I forget who from, but it looks ono!)…

Gordon Beirsch’s famous Garlic Fries… yum!…

The musicians playing the music for this Hula dancer replaced all the key lyrics to the Hawaiian song to include the word “SPAM”. Nah, jus’ kidding. lol

Grilled SPAM, which is to be used in a SPAM Temaki (hand-rolled sushi)…

SPAM Temaki: alfalfa sprouts, sliced cucumber, egg, takuwan and grilled SPAM, hand-rolled inside sushi rice and nori. Sugoku oishii!

Very cool rubbah’ slippahz…

Tech companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Symantec should make their employees wear this shirt every Friday in an effort to remind them about fighting the problem (of the eMail variety)…

If I’m cooking with Tulip or TREET luncheon meat, do you think it’ OK if I use this pot holder, or would that be considered blasphemy? lol…

So we got the Hula Bowl, Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl and the Gator Bowl. When are we gonna’ get the SPAM Bowl?…

The Punahou Buff ‘n Blue store should consider getting these same products and putting their logo on it. lol

Soon after I took this shot, this truck transformed into an Autobot and saved the world from the wrath of the Decepticons…

That sure was a lot of  SPAM, man.

Related links:
Waikiki SPAM JAM ’08 – The Tasty Island coverage


18 thoughts on “2009 Waikiki SPAM JAM

  • May 2, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I had to bookmark this post immediately – there are loads of ideas for what to do with Spam – yummy!

  • May 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    OMG! How did I miss this one? I gotta get out of Leeward suburbia more often.

  • May 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Well I guess my recipe does not count. Spam Wellington. Wrap in in pie crust with onion and spinach and egg wash and bake.

  • May 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, those are hot dogs on the back of the spam can? I thought it was the spam-turkey’s tail!!

  • May 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    hk, lol! I think you’re right! Now that I look at it, the stripes on what really looks like hot dogs must be to distinguish it as turkey feathers. My bad for saying they were hot dogs. I’ll leave it there for comedy and to see if anyone else comments about it. lol

    Betty, give me a more detailed recipe (ingredients with measurements and instructions) and I’ll give your SPAM Wellington a try to post here. Credit to you of course.

    John, my girlfriend tried their Volcano Nachos which has their chili on it, and she said their Chili is EXCELLENT.

    Kristin, I think the SPAM JAM is big enough (plenty of vendors) and interesting enough to make the drive from the leeward side worth your while.

    Su-Lin, nice blog with plenty of great recipes! Hope to see one of your SPAM creations soon!

  • May 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Does that picture of spam musubi show musubi with cheese? I’ve never seen that before! I envy you — New York doesn’t do spam (one of the city’s many shortcomings).

  • May 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    A.L., no that’s not cheese, it’s egg (made into an omelet, then sliced). So it’s basically a “complete” breakfast all wrapped up and ready to go. Although cheese in a SPAM Musubi sounds kinda’ interesting! I’ll have to try that.

  • May 2, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Great photos. What a great time. Loved the SPAM lettuce wraps, but I have to admit the SPAM katsu was a bit over the top.

  • May 3, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I too love your photos, as always…but THESE made my mouth water. I’m in Washington State but for a few minutes felt as though I were back. Mahalo, Olivia

  • May 4, 2009 at 10:24 am

    OMG, so much Spam in one area! :-0

    I’d be really curious to try the Spam loco moco. I imagine they grill the Spam first so it has a firmer texture to hold up to the gravy? Did you try it, Pomai?

    Going to make a saimin for lunch now, and wishing I had Spam to put in it….

  • May 4, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    This was a GREAT representation of what happened in WAIKIKI for the SPAM JAM. I was there and had an interesting time looking at all the ways to eat or wear spam. I was looking for links for my own blog, came across yours, and I just might send my little group of readers to this instead of recreating it. How could I ever compete with the Transformers line?

    Thanks for the help with my own post and the link.

  • May 28, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I love your SPAM jam wrap-ups! Looks like there were some new stuff this year — boy am I sorry we missed out on the zoris, I would love to have a pair of those!! Might have to give the lettuce leaf wraps a try at home — that’s sort of healthy, right, it has lettuce?….

  • June 11, 2009 at 10:40 am

    We were there and to loved it! How great is it to be in a place that hosts an annual festival dedicated to SPAM without a trace of sarcasm or irony. That is one of the reasons we love Hawaii so much.

    Casual Kitchen

  • February 9, 2012 at 4:12 am

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  • July 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Hello dear, how can i get one pair of the SPAM slippers, they look very nice, i want to have one pair.


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