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SPAM Musubi
SPAM Musubi

HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – First, it was the Filipino longganisa and tocino  makers that were up in arms against the World Health Organization (WHO) for releasing a study that concludes processed meat causes cancer.

Now, all of Hawaii is protesting against the international organization for one reason: SPAM musubi.

SPAM, of course, is the canned processed meat manufactured by Minnesota-based Hormel Foods.  Like all other processed meat products, SPAM is preserved by using a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrate, which WHO says is responsible for causing cancer.

SPAM musubi is a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled SPAM on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori dried seaweed in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.

Inexpensive and portable, SPAM musubi are commonly found near cash registers in ABC stores, refrigerated sections of supermarkets and hole-in-the-wall food outlets and trucks all over Hawaii.

Even the McDonald’s chain stores in the islands serve SPAM as part of their island breakfast menu of SPAM, Portuguese sausage (another cancer-causing food), eggs and rice.

Hawaii residents are planning to form a human chain along the entire stretch of Waikiki Beach this Sunday to register their protest against WHO.

“Leave our SPAM alone,” one Filipino Hawaii resident exclaimed as he ordered his island breakfast at McDonald’s on Kalakaua Avenue.



HONOLULU,  Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg today unveiled the new ‘Reactions’ buttons on Facebook which will start rolling out in Spain and Ireland.

The new buttons are Facebook’s response to users’ clamor that a ‘Dislike’ button be added to posts on the social media network.

Instead of a ‘Dislike’ button, Facebook decided in favor of other reactions that would express the user’s expression of love, anger, happiness and awe.

At the same time, Zuckerberg announced that starting next month, Facebook will add another button for its Hawaii special edition.  Facebook users living or visiting Hawaii will be able to respond to posts with a ‘shaka’ sign (also knownb as ‘hang loose) to express their spirit and feeling of Aloha.

Both Native Hawaiians and residents, along with tourists, praised Zuckerberg’s announcement.


imageHONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Starting today, Facebook users will be able to express love, awe, humor and sadness through a click of the button. That is, if you live in Ireland or Spain.

On his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg announced the rolling out of new buttons, called ‘Reactions’ to add to the overused and misused ‘Like’ button.

In his message, Zuckerberg said:

“For many years though, people have asked us to add a “dislike” button. Not every moment is a good moment, and sometimes you just want a way to express empathy. These are important moments where you need the power to share more than ever, and a Like might not be the best way to express yourself.

Reactions gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness. It’s not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy — in addition to delight and warmth. You’ll be able to express these reactions by long pressing or hovering over the Like button.

We’re starting to test Reactions in Ireland and Spain and will learn from this before we bring the experience to everyone. We hope you like this – or can better express how you’re feeling!”

Many Facebook users have expressed disappointment that the popular social media network still refuses to add a “Dislike” button.

In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians and Hawaii residents are clamoring for even more, like a “Shaka” button.

Also known as a “hang loose” sign, Shaka is a hand expression of ‘Aloha’ which is more than just a casual greeting.

“We need more ways to express ourselves other than just liking or disliking, or letting people know that we’re sad, happy or in awe,” one Hawaii resident said. “We need a button that will allow us to spread the spirit of Aloha.”

Facebook has not returned our calls for reaction to the ‘Shaka’ button movement in Hawaii.