Spammity SPAM

No, I’m not talking about spam of the “I’m a Nigerian financier who has this fund stuck in a bank somewhere” variety, but ratherย the Hormel precooked meat product better known as SPAM (and yes, even Hormel capitalizes it), which is very popular in Hawaii thanks to all of the GIs eating it while stationed there during the War.

Nowadays, there are more varieties of SPAM than you can shake a stick at, and if you’re in Hawaii, you can get all of them. Here on the mainland, I’ve only seen SPAM, SPAM Lite and low sodium. The good news is that you can order all of the varieties online here for $3 each (plus shipping)

SPAM, Garlic SPAM, SPAM with Bacon, Teriyaki SPAM, Jalapeรฑo SPAM, SPAM Lite, Baked Beans (are off), Black Pepper SPAM, Hot & Spicy SPAM, Low Sodium SPAM (sold out!) and SPAM

SPAM, Garlic SPAM, SPAM with Bacon, Teriyaki SPAM, Jalapeรฑo SPAM, SPAM Lite, Baked Beans (are off), Black Pepper SPAM, Hot & Spicy SPAM, Low Sodium SPAM (sold out!) and SPAM

These were the variations available at Foodland inside Ala Moana. Also seen is the Libby’s Vienna Sausage, which is another item that I assume is popular in Hawaii ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, any discussion of SPAM would not be complete without this –

– the classic Monty Python Sketch ๐Ÿ˜‰

Murals around Honolulu – Friends of the Library

I could also call this post a lesson in mediocre photoshopping skills, as you will see later. It is worth it, however, due to the situation of the photos that you will see.

One of the great things about the photos that were forwarded to us for publication is that they had location information on them, so that I could get an idea of where the murals were located at.

Thanks to that, I can tell you that these particular photos were all taken at 684 Pohukaina Street, which is home to the Friends of the Library of Hawai’i.

We start off with a duck who, as it would seem, has seen better days, but things are looking up for him or her.

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We then move along to a roller door which has what appears to be some text on it, but it is hard to tell. Next up is a pinkish fellow who looks to be presenting us to the door. If you can identify him, that would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

As we swing around the corner, we have what appears to possibly be Pele? Though I think this is probably not her since, well, it’s a he in the image, and Pele’s a she…

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And we finish off with these two folks, sharing flowers, as a bug of some variety looks on from behind the low wall.

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Now, this is where we get into my very mediocre photoshopping skills that I have. In fact, I don’t even use Photoshop. I used the Gimp to do this, mostly because I can’t justify the cost to purchase Photoshop ๐Ÿ™‚

Ultimately, I realised that these three images were a continuation of each other, and made them into a panorama, which came out like this:

library mural

There are still a bunch more photos that we have received to be published. I am working on getting them readied to post (which should go quicker now that I have located where all the photos were taken), and there should be more coming ๐Ÿ™‚

All of these photos are provided to use with thanks to the photographer, Sweetiedarling1 from Canberra