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‘Ono Kaukau: Spam Musubi

‘Ono Kaukau: Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi
Derived from Japanese onigiri omusubi or rice balls, Spam Musubi has become one of the most popular foods throughout Hawai’i and now even on the mainland.

The savory block of rice & Spam wrapped in nori was created in the early 1980s, but… by who?

1) Barbara Funamura first put spam in a triangular rice ball, selling it at a Kauai store. Retail associates from O’ahu laughed, but enjoyed it. A year later it was being made on every island.

2) Mitsuko Kaneshiro made it for her children, but then started selling them out of a local drug store in Honolulu.

Sheldon Simeon from Tin Roof in Maui breaks down the history of Spam Musubi. This handheld snack of seasoned spam, sushi rice, and nori is a staple in Hawaii, where it was introduced during WWII. Sheldon prepares his own Spam Musubi while recounting the historical and social shifts that led to its popularity. – Munchies

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