Where to Find Spam in Hawaii
Spam is a 24-hour food. Hawaii-based McDonald’s restaurants have Spam and eggs on their menu, but for an old school Hawaii breakfast, head to the Manago Hotel in Captain Cook on the Big Island. The hotel has been serving basic meals since 1917, and the standard “two eggs and all the stuff” breakfast includes Spam as a meat option.
At Café 100, in Hilo on the Big Island, you can replace the hamburger patty with a slab of grilled Spam or dig into Loco Moco, an island breakfast classic made with a hamburger patty, eggs, rice, and gravy.
Lunch and Dinner
For lunch, you’ve got musubi, of course; you’ll find them at 7-11, street corner carts on lively Kalakaua Avenue on Oahu, and on the counter in a warming cabinet in Hawaii’s ubiquitous ABC stores. You’ll also find Spam-flavored Hamakua Macadamia Nuts—salty, savory, smoky, and, inscrutably, 100 percent vegetable based—in convenience and souvenir stores all over Hawaii.
Need something more nourishing? L&L Hawaiian Barbecue tops their saimin—a uniquely Hawaiian soup featuring long noodles and a mushroom ginger broth—with slices of pan fried Spam.
Insider’s tip: Dip into saimin a little closer to home. L&L has dozens of locations up and down the mainland’s West Coast, in addition to their Hawaii locations.
On Kauai, carbo load at Chip Wrecked, a food trailer specializing in nachos. The Black Pearl piles fried Spam, Kalua pork, and jalapeños on top of house-made chips. Check their Instagram feed to find them—they move around.
Spam hits happy hour (pau hana, to the locals) at the Hilo Bay Tavern on Hawaii Island with Spam fries, delicious with a frosty cold beer.