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Old 11-17-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I've noticed that Spam seems to be mentioned in several of the threads I've read on this forum. People talk about buying it at gas stations, for example. I like Spam myself (the canned lunch meat, not that unwanted stuff that comes to your e-mail address, lol), but I'm just curious about why it seems to be so popular in Hawaii.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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It started in World War II. During rationing, Spam was one of the foods usually available. Now it's used for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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As the previous poster mentioned, Spam was introduced to the islands back in WWII. It doesn't require refrigeration which is great in a warm climate. It's portable. It works really well with local dishes especially the Asian recipes. You can slice it and put it with noodles, rice, eggs..it's pretty versatile. You can even find Spam dishes at the local McDonalds and Burger King restaurants. Once you get used to eating it as a child then you develop a fondness for it. Even now the smell of spam frying in a pan brings back good memories. It's just a local thing...
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Very interesting. Spam at McD's and Burger King? Hmmm.... can't quite see that catching on over here, lol.
I haven't been nearly as creative with it myself; I usually just eat it with some eggs in place of bacon or sausage, or have it on a sandwich for lunch. Ya know, I haven't had any Spam in a while now... I'm gonna have to pick up a can the next time I go grocery shopping!
Thanks for the replies.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: NY
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Haha now I have to go buy Spam too..
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Take your pick:

Spam Classic
Spam Lite
Spam Less Sodium
Spam Oven Roasted Turkey
Spam Hickory Smoked
Spam with Bacon
Spam with Cheese
Spam Hot and Spicy
Spam Spread
Spam Hot Dogs

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Old 11-17-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: not sure, but there's a hell of a lot of water around here!
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During dock strikes, both threatened and real, one of the first things to disappear off the grocery shelves is normally toilet paper, then rice, closely followed by Spam, not sure why that is the normal sequence, nor what the exact correlation is between the three. Spam lite normally remains untouched. Of course,,, uuuurrrrpppp, scuze me,,, beer is always fourth on the "going, going, gone" list....

aloha and okolemluna...btw, spam spread is also an excellent toothpaste

please!!!! don't get me started on Spam...
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Spam musubi! Yum! They even had a special Hawaii label on the can several years ago. The spam can collectors went nuts.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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My dad was an over the road trucker for most of his life, with a big break during our growing up years when we had a stock ranch. He carried all kinds of snacks and drinks on the truck, he had a big reefer with almost all the bells and whistles you could name. My mom packed various canned meats including spam for him to have when no restaurant was around. Keep this thought for a moment.

One day my son came home after spending a day or two at a friend's house. He was about 13. He said "Mom, have you ever heard of spam?" I kind of laughed and said, "well of course I have". (I never bought that kind of food though, for my kids no offense intended) His eyes got big and he said OH MY GOD mom that it the best stuff I ever had!" I had to almost choke back the laughter. Poor child, what a sheltered life he had had, nutritionally!

Not too long after this incident, which of course I had told to my parents, my father had to retire. At age 76, he retired from long haul trucking. The beautiful Big Blue KW was sold after mom cleaned it out. You can imagine their anguish at this sad milestone.

A little later, in the mail, we received a small package. Inside was a can of spam, with a yellow sticky note "To Jay, your papa's last can of spam from the truck". <sob>

That was in 1996 or 1997. That can of spam and the sticky note are a treasured possession for said son. It sits on the shelf of a gun rack that also had belonged to his namesake, my dad, who passed away in May of 1998.

We moved to the spam capital of the world in 2003 and soon my son, now grown, and his family moved here too. With the can of spam.

So even though I rarely bought it, the sight of a can of spam always makes me think of this family story. Little things can mean a lot.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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That was quite a story, KonaKat. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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