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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 1, 2007

New spam lei-nyard: It's two Isle icons in one

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Staff Writer

Perhaps the tastiest lei ever, the Spam Musubi Lei-nyard.

GREGORY YAMAMOTO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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It's Lei Day need a lei you can, um, eat?

The Spam musubi, a beloved Island tradition, makes its debut this year as a graduation "lei." But it could be a novel alternative for May Day.

Which means you can eat Spam at The Brothers Cazimero concert tonight at the Waikiki Shell.

Or grads could pop open a can, or slit a foil envelope, and nibble Spam while they wait for family and friends to bestow lei and well-wishes in the weeks ahead.

The Lei-nyard, an aloha-print lanyard in suitable school colors, is a creation of Irene Kawaguchi, the proprietor of Wabi-Sabi, the Kaimuki shop (1233 Koko Head Ave., No. 4) laden with Island-made gifts and collectibles.

The Spam Musubi Lei-nyard includes Spam in two variations: one with a small 5-ounce tin of the pink meat, the other with a single slice of vacuum-packed Spam, both accompanied by a packet of nori with a tag that says, "When the internet sends you Spam, make musubis." Cost is $9.50.

An add-on Spam luggage tag, in pink and white fabric with requisite black "nori," is $5 extra, or $6.50 without the Lei-nyard.

Lei-nyards can be made to order, depending on school color scheme; advance orders are suggested at 734-3693.

Lei-nyards from earlier years in Suck Seed, Smart Cookie, Giant Fortune Cookie, Happy Fortunes and Worth Every Cent motifs are available, with prices starting at $7.

Reach Wayne Harada at wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com.