It’s no secret that the Waikiki Spam Jam is the best food festival in Hawaii! Each year, thousands of locals and tourists gather in Waikiki (Kalakaua Avenue) to enjoy different dishes incorporating a local favorite food, spam. Last year, an estimated 35,000 people attended the event. It’s definitely a festival worth going to each year!
This year, it was the 17th annual Waikiki Spam Jam festival! With over 20 restaurants, 30 dishes, 3 stages of great entertainments, merchandise tents, and more. Fun fact from Spam Jam Hawaii: Introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods, more SPAM® is consumed per person in Hawaii than in any other state in the United States. Almost seven million cans of SPAM® are eaten every year in Hawaii.
Tip: Bring your own water bottle. They have free water stations throughout the festival!
Price: Free entry and entertainment for everyone!
Where: The entire street of Kalakaua Avenue is closed off for the festival
Parking: This is what parking looked like this year:
$6 for up to 4 hours at King Kalakaua Plaza, Waikiki Parking Garage, Hyatt Centric, OHANA Waikiki East Hotel, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk, OHANA Waikiki Malia, Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, and Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk. At Honolulu Zoo parking lot, it’s $1 per hour!
WAIKIKI SPAM JAM RESTAURANTS & DISHES (2019)
Aloha Table: SPAM Fried Saimin, SPAM Curry
Atlantis Seafood and Steak: SPAM Lau Lau, SPAM Bun
Buho Cantina: SPAM Tacos
Duke’s Waikiki: Kimo’s Hula Pie with Candied SPAM
Eggs ‘n Things: SPAM Crab Cakes, SPAM Andagi, SPAM Chocolate Tarts
Flour & Barley: Aloha Pie with SPAM, Bacon, Maui Gold Pineapple, Chilis and Mozzarella
Gordon Biersch: Huli Huli SPAM Sliders, SPAM Island Beach Tacos, SPAM Fried Rice
Hawaiian Aroma Caffe: Carved Pineapple w/ Plantation Iced Tea
Hula Grill: SPAM Katsu Sandwich, Spicy Buffalo Style SPAM Katsu Sandwich, Teriyaki and Pineapple SPAM Katsu Sandwich
Kokoro Cafe: SPAM Shaka Cones, SPAM Mochi Waffles
L&L Hawaii: Assorted SPAM Musubi – Original, Teriyaki and Hot & Spicy Flavors
Mahaloha Burger: SPAM Cheeseburger, Pineapple & Teriyaki SPAM Burger, SPAM Hot Dog
Noi Thai Cuisine: Pineapple SPAM Fried Rice
PF Chang’s: SPAM Lettuce Wraps, SPAM Lo Mein Noodles
Seoul Jung Restaurant: SPAM Kimchee Fried Rice, SPAM Stir Fried Noodles
Stripsteak / The Street: SPAM Nachos Locos
Thoune Farms: Fresh Pressed Sugarcane Juice
Tiki’s Grill & Bar: SPAM Corn Dogs, SPAM Crunch Poke Bowl, SPAM Lumpia
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin: SPAM Katsu Curry
Waikiki Yokocho: SPAM Gyoza, SPAM Tempura, SPAM Yakisoba, SPAM Kushikatsu
They have just announced that the 18th annual Waikiki SPAM Jam will be happening on April 25, 2020! If you love spam and have been wanting to visit Hawaii, this is your chance to start planning for next year!