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Coverage: 2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM

The 15Th Annual 2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival took place this past Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 4pm to 10pm. The SPAM JAM has grown to become one of Hawaii’s largest and most popular block parties, packing droves of locals and visitors onto the street of Kalakaua Avenue. With Hormel SPAM being the theme, restaurants and retailers who participate offer creative dishes and wares that incorporate Hawaii’s favorite pork-based luncheon meat in a can. Live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s most popular musicians also add to the fun of this epic event all about SPAM. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. 

Following is the Tasty Island’s photo coverage of the the 2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM. Enjoy. ;-)

2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival map at the information booth

Foodland SPAM Musubi beach towel

Foodland SPAM Musubi Headquarters (believe it or not, this was the only booth selling SPAM Musubi)

Foodland SPAM Musubi

Foodland SPAM Musubi And Sriracha SPAM Musubi

SPAM Musubi Cookie: contrary to what you might think or expect, this does not taste like SPAM Musubi; it’s a butter cookie

Mahaloha Burger Waikiki v.SPAMJAM.2017

Mahaloha’s island-sourced grass-fed ground beef patty has finely-chopped bits of SPAM mixed in with it

Mahaloha burger SPAM JAM burger patties are a combination of flame-grilled ground grass-fed beef and SPAM

Mahaloha SPAM Loco Moco Burger

Mahaloha SPAM Cheeseburger

Mahaloha SPAM Grilled Hot Dog

Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, located on the 3rd floor Grand Lanai of the International Market Place

hef Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849: House-made SPAM Reuben on Ohia Bakery Taro Roll and SPAM Potato Salad (they make their own luncheon meat for the Reuben!)

Eating House 1849’s house-made “SPAM” (luncheon meat) for their Reuben Sandwich

Eating House 1849’s SPAM Potato Salad (such simple an idea, yet genius!)

hia Bakery Taro Roll for the Eating House 1849 House-made SPAM Reuben

Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 SPAM Reuben

Hula Grill (right above Duke’s in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach; same company ~ T&S Restaurant Group)

Hula Grill SPAM JAM Kalakaua Avenue Street Sign Menu

Hula Grill SPAM Katsu Sandwich

Hula Grill SPAM Katsu Sandwich

Hula Grill Buffalo SPAM Sandwich

Waikiki Yokocho: in the basement of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza; a Japanese food court venue similar to the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center

Yokocho SPAM Katsu Curry

Yokocho SPAM-Yaki (same like Takoyaki, except with SPAM in it instead of Octopus)

Grilling SPAM-Yaki

PF Chang’s, on the Ewa end of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

PF Chang’s SPAM Lo Mein

PF Chang’s Combo: SPAM Lo Mein, Fried Rice and Chang’s Spicy Chicken

Wai’olu Oceanview Lounge in the Trump Waikiki

Wai’olu Oceanview Lounge
: Filet Mignon Beef Wellington with SPAM Porcini Mushroom Duxelle

Wai’olu Oceanview Lounge: SPAM & Beef Pho

Wai’olu Oceanview Lounge SPAM & Beef Pho condiments station: Jalapeno Peppers, Oyster Sauce and Sriracha Sauce

Wai’olu Oceanview Lounge crew

Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Waikiki Reef Hotel (next to the Halekulani)

Kani Ka Pila Grille SPAM Yakisoba

Kani Ka Pila Grille SPAM Yaki Sticks

Flour & Barley Aloha Pie (Pizza): SPAM, Mozzarella, Smoked Bacon, Maui Gold Pineapple and Calabrian Chilis

Flour & Barley Aloha Pie (Pizza): SPAM, Mozzarella, Smoked Bacon, Maui Gold Pineapple and Calabrian Chilis

NOI Thai Cuisine in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Waikiki

NOI Thai Cuisine Cantaloupe and Melon carvings

NOI Thai Cuisine Green Papaya carving

NOI Thai Cuisine fruit carving

NOI Thai Cuisine fruit carving

NOI Thai Cuisine SPAM & Pineapple Fried Rice

NOI Thai Cuisine Red Curry Chicken

NOI Thai Cuisine Crispy Garlic Chicken

Stripsteak, located on the 3rd floor Grand Lanai of the International Market Place

Stripsteak The Street Maui Onion SPAM Burger with SPAM Gravy Poutine

Stripsteak The Street Maui Onion SPAM Burger with SPAM Gravy Poutine

Buho Y Cocina Cantina SPAM Tacos

Buho Y Cocina Cantina Waikiki Executive Chef Arturo Silva and owner Hide Sakurai (also owner of Shokudo and Bread + Butter)

Seafood Village SPAM Pork Hash

Gordon Biersch Mango BBQ SPAM Sliders with Chef’s Special Mango BBQ Sauce

Gordon Biersch Local Kine SPAM Wonton Nachos: Soy Sake Glazed SPAM over Wonton Crisps, Pineapple Salsa, Pickled Ginger, Green Onions, drizzled with Cucumber Wasabi and Sriracha

SPAM Sample Booth: They offered FREE samples of each of Hawaii’s most popular flavors, including Portuguese Sausage (shown above), Terikayi and Bacon, plus a few more; needless to say, the line at this free sample booth was one of the longest at the festival

SPAM Teriyaki free samples

SPAM Bacon free samples

ABC Stores Tempura SPAM Fries

ABC Stores Tempura SPAM Dynamite

Outrigger Hotels SPAM Canoe on a wave photo booth

Outrigger Hotels SPAM Canoe on a wave photo booth

Outrigger Hotels SPAM Canoe on a wave photo booth


OHAN “Da’ Hawaii Rice Guy”

EMKE band

Na Mea Ho’okani band

Yelp love

2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival official t-shirt

2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival official t-shirt – backside print

Aloha SPAM t-shirt

SPAM Museum t-shirt

The Original SPAM t-shirt

15th Annual Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival baseball cap

SPAM Hawaii baseball cap

Aloha SPAM baseball cap

Love SPAM baseball cap

SPAM Headphones (includes matching drawstring carry bag)

SPAM Rubbah Slippahz

Musubi Hawaii ecobag from the Foodland booth

SPAM Lunch Box and Secret Safe at the Foodland booth

Hello Kitty SPAM Musubi Kit at the Foodland booth

SPAM Spatula and Cutting Board: note, only SPAM is allowed to be prepared with these cooking tools; anyone caught preparing something else with it such as fruits and vegetables will be reported to the “SPAM Police” lol 

SPAM brand Multi-Slicer

SPAM gear

Related links:
SPAMJamHawaii.com – official site of the Waikiki SPAM JAM
Waikiki SPAM JAM – Yelp user reviews
Waikiki SPAM JAM 2017 – Honolulu Star Advertiser photo coverage


7 thoughts on “Coverage: 2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM

  • May 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I might be FAR away but I had Spam and eggs for BREAKFAST today! :D:D:D

  • May 4, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Looks like a lot of fun. Mentioned this in the past but the Spam museum in Austin, MN is a lot of fun. They had a huge festival last year celebrating the re-opening of the museum. The creativity with the food certainly is not there in MN as it is in HI.


    Whenever I visit HI I wear some of my Spam clothing from the museum and I always get positive comments.

  • May 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

    @ sl ~ I met a couple last week who are from the northern side of Minnesota, far from the southern end in Austin where Hormel is, and they said they’ve never been to any SPAM festival there. When I told them about the Waikiki SPAM JAM, they actually never knew about it, yet they were in Waikiki during the event and excited to check it out. Interestingly, they said they actually do eat SPAM every now and then for breakfast, unlike Andrew Zimmern, also from Minnesota, who can’t stand the stuff.

    The most creative dish at this event IMO was the Wai’olu Oceanview Lounge Filet Mignon Beef Wellington with SPAM Porcini Mushroom Duxelle. I didn’t try it, however the feedback I got from those who were eating it was overall “AWESOME”!  

    You gotta’ get a pair of them SPAM Rubbah Slippahz. ;-)

    @ Haru Speaking of that, I’m surprised McDonald’s doesn’t participate as a major sponsor for this event, where they could set-up a booth selling their popular SPAM, Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice breakfast platter. That’s one of my faves there (next to their fries). Other more unique dishes they could serve at the festival could be the McSPAM Teri Burger, McSPAM Saimin (same like the one they have now, except with more SPAM in it) and McSPAM Fries (Fried SPAM mixed with McDonald’s Fries, with their Big Mac “Special Sauce” to top it).

    McDonald’s Hawaii SPAM, Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice Deluxe Breakfast Platter

  • May 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Some good ideas here. The katsu sandwich, Roy’s potato salad, the grass fed burgers, and the tempura seem worth tasting.

  • May 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Pomai, I like the spam katsu very much and on a bun is super.  Unlike regular hamburger on a bun

    It fall apart and get so mushy .

  • May 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    A big no thank you to Spam, but those fruit carvings are unbelievable. Absolutely stunning. I wish I had even a quarter of that talent, but I end up hacking a watermelon to bits when I try to get fancy and make a bowl with zig-zag edges out of half the melon (cut lengthwise) to make a bowl for fruit salad. If I tried one of those featured masterpieces, I’d lose a finger and somehow stab myself in the eye (it’s not impossible to imagine, just the other week I got a papercut in my eye just from using a napkin to sneeze)

  • May 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    @ h ~ Noi Thai Cuisine, who carved those fruits, is one of Honolulu’s premiere upscale Thai restaurants. I know one of the managers there, who said most of their kitchen staff are immigrants from Thailand, where artistically carved fruits and vegetables are an integral part of their cuisine. Not surprisingly, YouTube has a bunch of videos on Thai fruit carving lessons.

    Uggh, I dread paper cuts! Sometimes it can be more painful than a regular cut, in a irritating way, like “How in the heck?”

    @ Amy ~ Did you ever try the Jack in the Box SPAM Teri Jr. Jack? Pretty good!


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