While in Maui, there were a few expected Hawaiian delicacies eaten; fresh pineapple straight from the farm, juicy shrimp from a food truck,  and even sweet shaved ice. What was unforeseen was the popularity of Spam Musubi, both the Spam itself part, as well as, the Asian musubi twist.

Spam Musubi is like Hawaiian sushi; seaweed wrapped around rice and topped with a grilled slice of Spam (a canned pork patty).
Hawaiian Spam Musubi in Maui

Prior to my first ever Spam adventure, there was a premier shaved ice episode. Nothing wrong with eating dessert first. Ever.

The first night in Maui, dessert just had to be shaved ice. And this flavored ice delicacy wasn’t too difficult to find. There were little random shaved ice shops along most major roads. We chose the one with the longest line, Ululani’s in Lahaina. When you have no other viable recommendations, always choose the busiest place in town.
Ululani's Hawaiian Shaved Ice Menu

After a short ten minute wait, I selected one of Ululani’s ‘favorite combinations’, the Haleakala made with coconut, leche and topped with sweetened condensed milk.

These aren’t those wimpy kiddie snow cones from back in the day, they are made with shaved ice, not crushed. It makes a difference.
Shaved Ice CupMaking Shaved IceMaking Shaved IceShaved Ice Cone

These compacted, pseudo snow cones were almost as big as my head. Really big. And the intense flavor was dispersed throughout the entire cone. Not just in the center.
Annette White Eating Shaved Ice

On the way back to our hotel, the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, we stopped by the nearby Honolua Store for a snack. In the hot case was something odd that I had never seen before, Spam Musubi. Huh? Even with all of the weird food I have nibbled on, somehow Spam escaped me. Knowing that this was a Hawaiian delicacy made me not think twice about buying one. Just one.

It looked liked sushi. Did it taste like chicken?

No. It actually tasted like a smoked, salty ham. But, not the juicy ham that your grandma makes on Thanksgiving, more like a pork hot dog patty.
Spam MusubiHawaiian Spam Musubi in Maui

Have you ever had Spam Musubi or Shaved Ice?

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  1. D B

    (Ah Petaluma, I remember it well…kinda) Anyway, being a reasonably well-oiled Island transplant, a few point/ers on such Hawaiian additions to (your) bucket-list:

    1. Despite grammar, it is ALWAYS “Shave Ice”, never ‘Shaved’. You might take note of the window sign in your own photo…

    2. Musubi is Musubi. That’s why it’s (definitely) not Sushi. Not clear whether you’re being euphemistic about Spam? Either you haven’t particularly “nibbled on weird food” or you’re THAT young! Spam, as any law-abiding US veteran will know was produced basically as a WWII ration (hence shape/tin) and in that light had a major impact/influence in Hawaii, for hopefully obvious reasons…!
    Possibly you also haven’t been exposed to Monty Pythons “Spam Spam Spam” song nor it’s Broadway show progeny “Spamalot”. In fact Spam is produced in Austin MN where there is in fact a Spam Museum. You should put that on your bucket-list.

    February 16th, 2013 7:27 pm

  2. Annette.White

    I am aware that it is always shave ice, not shaved. Though for SEO purposes, which is extremely important in blogging, shaved ice is a better search term. I am also aware of Spam’s history, though my blog is not a history blog, it is a personal experience blog. I have seen Monty Pythons “Spam Spam Spam” song, it’s hilarious!

    February 16th, 2013 7:30 pm

  3. Emily Bott

    We eat Spam musubi all the time, but I’ve never seen one with that much rice.

    February 16th, 2013 7:58 pm

  4. Annette.White

    Do you eat Spam in other ways too? Or just Musubi?

    February 16th, 2013 8:00 pm

  5. Steven

    When I was about 5, my brother would make us the most incredible breakfast of eggs, fried Portuguese sausage, fried Vienna sausages, fried balogna, and fried spam, along with some white rice. This was only on special occasions. This is my comfort food, high in fat, cholesterol, and calories. So reluctantly, I limit myself to one meal of spam musubi, Zippy’s bento, or McDonalds Big Breakfast, a month.

    February 17th, 2013 12:11 am

  6. Annette.White

    That’s a lot of meat for one breakfast! Though is does sound quite tasty.

    February 17th, 2013 7:57 am

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