Wolf Pack get a taste of Spam in Honolulu

HONOLULU -- Nevada receiver Caleb Spencer is used to getting
funny looks from his friends and football teammates in Reno when he
cooks up a dish of Spam.
But his teammates, in Honolulu this week to play in the Hawaii
Bowl, are learning that the canned processed meat is part of daily
life for those on the islands.
"Everyone here just grew up with Spam," Spencer, a Hawaii
native, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "It is a delicacy here.
It's like steak."
Quarterback Jeff Rowe, one of Spencer's closest friends, now
"I know he eats Spam in Reno, but I thought he was just being
cheap," Rowe said. "I didn't realize until now that people here
eat it all the time."
Hawaiians consume nearly seven million cans of Spam every year, an
average of six cans per person.
"They serve it everywhere here," Spencer said. "We all love
it. They have it at McDonald's and sell it at 7-Elevens and the ABC
stores. We grew up with Spam."
Two favorite dishes among locals are Spam musabi, which is a
slice of Spam on top of rice and wrapped in seaweed, and Spam-fried
Nevada assistant coach Kim McCloud, who played football and met
his wife at the University of Hawaii, said he was shocked when he
learned about the popularity of Spam here.
"It is just amazing," said McCloud, who grew up in Los
Angeles. "The only time we ate Spam was when we were dead broke. I
get over here for college, and it is everywhere."
Spencer said he'll continue to eat Spam, despite the razzing he
gets from friends in Reno.
"I love it, man," he said. "People in Reno always look at me
like, 'Why do you eat that stuff?' But that's what I grew up on.
It's good stuff."