Two months ago – seems like a lifetime – we visited Aloha Stadium in Oahu. No, not to watch football – but to walk it’s perimeter and shop its marketplace.
It was close to 80 degrees. I wore sun screen and a hat – but no mask back then and neither did I practice social distancing. Instead I ambled along with all the others, soaking in the sun’s rays, and looking for bargains, of which there were many.
Time for a locally made Hawaiian bag? Sure, why not?
How about some Jack Fruit?
I wish I would have. Instead I opted for fresh coconut (is it just me or does it taste a bit like rubber?)
And then – along with the jewelry and wood carvings and hats and sunglasses and beach towels and slippers and all manner of trinkets from the Philippines and China – I came across this:
First introduced by Hormel in 1937 this canned meat product became popular during World War II, and yes – Hawaiians love their SPAM!
And so does my brother. At least I think he does. So when I saw the stockpiles at the market I texted this picture and asked which one he wanted me to bring back for him. Tocino he said – whatever that is.
I picked one up for me too – though I probably haven’t eaten any since 1972 – maybe not even then. Because you never know when you might need some canned meat – say for instance, during a pandemic?
I opted for the Portuguese Sausage and it’s still in my cupboard. I’m biding my time.
If only there’d been a way to bring back some Shave Ice.