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15th annual Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival debuts amped-up entertainment schedule


WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – The 15th annual Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival is bigger and better than ever with the addition of a third entertainment stage featuring more musicians, hula halau and activities for festivalgoers to enjoy. On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 4 to 10 p.m., the festival will take over Kalakaua Avenue, welcoming an expected crowd of 25,000 to celebrate one of Hawaii’s most beloved foods with mouth-watering menu items, fun and entertainment.

“Local food tastes better when paired with live, local music performances,” said Barbara Campbell, Waikiki SPAM JAM® co-founder and vice president of retail development and leasing at Outrigger Enterprises Group. “The combination of unique and delicious dishes that feature SPAM® products, arts and crafts vendors, as well as the stellar entertainment line-up, make the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival  one of Hawaii’s most exciting events.”

Special to the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival this year is a Hawaiian Vow Renewal Ceremony that will give couples a chance to celebrate their love for the SPAM® brand and each other.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Stage (fronting Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort)
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Pu’uloa – KKPG’s 2016 Talent Search
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Blayne Asing
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.      Maunalua
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.      Jeff Rasmussen & Roby Kahakalau
8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.      Henry Kapono & Duke’s Band

Shops of Hawaii Stage (fronting the Royal Hawaiian Center)
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Na Mea Ho’okani
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Honoka & Azita
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.      EMKE
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.      ManoaDNA
8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.      Taimane

Duke’s Waikiki Stage
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Hawaiian Vow Renewal Ceremony
5:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.     Halau Hi’iakaināmakalehua
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.     Germaine’s Luau
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.     Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu’uanahulu; Kumu Sonny Ching – Keiki Hula
8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.     Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu’uanahulu

During performances, festivalgoers can taste-test more than 30 culinary creations celebrating SPAM® products from 21 participating restaurants including Hula Grill Waikiki, Duke’s Waikiki and Kani Ka Pila Grille. Various vendors will also be stationed throughout the festival for those who want to take home handmade arts and crafts or SPAM® brand merchandise.

Admission to the family-friendly event is free and proceeds generated benefit the Hawaii Foodbank and other local charities, including the Waikiki Community Center and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. Since its inception, the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival has raised nearly $149,000 and collected more than 29,000 pounds of canned goods to support the Hawaii Foodbank. In total, the festival has raised 394,931 meals to feed those in need.

In addition to the entertainment information included here, there are several ways to stay on top of the latest details of this year’s Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival: visit or join the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival social community on Twitter: @SPAMJAM or Instagram: @waikikiSPAMJAM.

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