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9 Reasons Why Spam Became Hawaii’s Most Beloved Food

In Hawaii, there is perhaps only one food that is more engrained in the island culture than pineapple – and that food is Spam. This quintessential canned ham product manufactured in Minnesota was introduced to the islands during the 1940s, and has become a wildly popular staple food across the islands. If you’re curious how Spam became so popular in a location approximately 4,000 miles from its origins, read on to see how Spam quickly became one of Hawaii’s favorite foods.

How many cans of Spam do you eat each year? What is your favorite Spam dish?

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.