Because of high surf, the weekly supply barge didn’t make it Wednesday to the Hawaiian island of Lana`i (population: 3,000) , so when I visited Saturday the market shelves were getting a little bare.
One lonely gallon of milk sat in the cooler at the Pine Isle Market in grandly named Lana`i City, which was the company town for Dole Pineapple during its 70-year reign here.
“It gets to be slim pickings!” said local resident Bruce Harvey, my guide for the day.
But reflective of Hawaiian tastes, one thing Pine Isle Market did have: the best selection of Spam I’ve ever seen — in 10 varieties. Who knew it came in such gourmet flavors as Black Pepper, Bacon and Hickory Smoke?
So when you come, if all else fails, sing the Monty Python “Spam” song and count on a big fry-up. Bring cash: On Lana`i, gas is around $6 a gallon and the potted meat product of the gods is $3.99 for the 12-ounce tin.
Consolation: There are also two Four Seasons resorts here, and a selection of charming cafes edging pretty Dole Park. One thing you won’t find any longer: pineapple fields. Watch for my future story on Lana`i and how it’s changing under the year-old stewardship of Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison.