Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SPAM® Jam (But were afraid to ask)

April 19, 2022

SPAMMY mascot resembling a smiling SPAM can

Waikiki SPAM® Jam Returns with a VERY SPECIAL EVENT at Waikiki Beach Walk

Ah, Spring. A season of rebirth and fresh starts. Longer days and warmer weather.
It’s also a time for the Waikiki SPAM® Jam with a twist. After a two-year hiatus, the Waikiki SPAM® Jam is returning to Waikiki, with three smaller scale events at Waikiki Beach Walk, International Marketplace and Royal Hawaiian Center. From April 22 through May 1, nearly 30 Waikiki restaurants will feature a wide variety of creative SPAM® dishes. Check out for all the details.
Waikiki Beach Walk will be playing a major part in the festivities. Like, launching the whole thing on Saturday, April 23.
Everything about it will be exciting and fun! 
There will be a star-studded roster of top-name live entertainment and personal appearances by SPAMMY (seen above, looking for a ball of rice and some seaweed) and MUSU …the loveable SPAM® mascots that will delight the keiki.
Collectible SPAM® Jam memorabilia will be on sale, along with SPAM® T-shirts and other logo items, and of course, there will be plenty of options for dining at Waikiki Beach Walk. Some of which will include some extremely imaginative uses of SPAM®


Fried spam covered with over-easy eggs on a bed of gravy-soaked rice
Giovanni Pastrami's SPAM®​ Loco Moco
See the little “TM” next to Spamalicious™? That means it’s actually a word. Maybe not in Websters Dictionary, but certainly by the fine folks who make SPAM®, as they have trademarked and registered the word.
And we get to use it here.
Why? Because the 2022 Waikiki SPAM® Jam at Waikiki Beach Walk will feature fabulous culinary creations using SPAM® that are so mouthwatering delicious, they qualify to earn the distinction of being Spamalicious™.

To start with, Musubi Café Iyasume will have a booth selling several of their most popular SPAM musubi items, and popular Waikiki Beach Walk restaurants Giovanni Pastrami and Poke Bar will both feature some imaginative and unique menu items with SPAM®.Orange & white Musubi Cafe Iyasume logo

First up, Musubi Café Iyasume, and five of their most popular SPAM musubi:
  • Teriyaki SPAM®
  • Egg SPAM®
  • Avocado Bacon Egg SPAM®
  • Takuan SPAM®

At Giovanni Pastrami, co-owner and general manger (and kitchen whiz) Leland Asato had some divine inspiration and came up with two delectable treats specifically tailored for the local crowd. So enjoy either and automatically become a kama’aina:
SPAM® Katsu Loco Moco (as seen above)
Two scoops rice and grilled onions, smothered in brown gravy and topped with 6 oz. of SPAM® katsu; add 3 eggs cooked to order and scallions.
Teri Miso SPAM® Katsu Sandwich
Four ounces of teriyaki-miso SPAM® katsu on a grilled brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with fries.
Fried Spam slices, tomatoes, and lettuce between 2 buns
Giovanni Pastrami's SPAM® Katsu Sandwich

The Poke Bar at Waikiki Beach Walk “gets SPAMMY with it” with the very special SPAM® Poke Bowl, which features cubed, fried and then soy coated sauteed SPAM® (and for a little added dash of deliciousness, a light coat of special Tsuyu for a touch of teriyaki flavor) as a protein choice. We’re going to trot out the word Spamalicious™ for this one. Along with “fresh.”
Diced SPAM & other common poke toppings in a bowl
SPAM® Poke Bowl by Poke Bar

If you happen to be THIRSTY for SPAM®, don’t fret (or call a doctor), because the Pakini Bar at Embassy Suites is ready to quench that unique desire, by putting some sweet meat into a couple of classic cocktails, creating two new classics: The SPAM®-arita and the SPAM® Mary!
Fully garnished Bloody Mary on the left & yellow cocktail with a SPAM cube garnish on the right.
Sip on the SPAM® Bloody Mary and SPAM®-arita from the Pakini Bar at Embassy Suites Waikiki

And of course, the Waikiki Beach Walk ABC Store will be well-stocked with ‘planny cans of SPAM® along with having their most popular SPAM® musubi ready for quick consumption.
3 rows of various SPAM cans stacked together next to the ABC Stores logo


Ledward Kaapana wearing an aloha shirt & holding a guitar
Musician Ledward Kaapana
An incredible lineup of top Hawaiian musical and hula talent will be performing at the 2022 Waikiki SPAM® Jam on Saturday, April 23.
The spectacular performances begin at 4:30 pm at the Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage with renowned Kumu hula Sallie Kauakea Yoza and Hālau ʻO Napualaʻikauikaiu, followed by the legendary Ledward Kaapana.
Here’s the full lineup:   
  • 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Sallie Kauakea Yoza and and Hālau ʻO Napualaʻikauikaiu.
  • 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm: Ledward Kaapana with Jessie Gregorio on bass.
  • 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Mike Kaawa Band with Paul Kim on steel guitar and Analū  A’ina on bass.
  • 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm: Kawika Kahiapo and Friends!


Hawaii Food Bank logo of a woman holding a bowl of groceries
The Hawaii Food Bank will be on hand and on site with a booth to receive donations for a special food drive a part of the event.
Waikiki Beach Walk supports this worthy cause and encourages donations by giving away special Waikiki Beach Walk swag for every donation.
If you happen to forget to bring along a suitable non-perishable food item for this donation, we also encourage you to purchase an item at the Waikiki Beach Walk ABC Store next to the Hokulani.   
And yes, that can be a can of SPAM®.