Spam Musubi

An incredibly popular Hawaiian snack and lunch treat is Spam Musubi (pronounced moo-soo-bee). The island delicacy consists of a slice of grilled of spam, on top of a block of rice that is wrapped with a strip of Nori (seaweed) in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.

Spam Musubi is eaten as a sandwich, usually served with soy sauce or Japanese mayonnaise, and can be found literally everywhere in Hawaii – including local fast food restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, school cafeterias, and even at the zoo.

Eating a Spam Musubi seems to serve as a rite of passage for newcomers anxious to attain “local” status.