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Bucket Gardens at Kokua Market this Saturday

Community Bucket Garden Workshop
Member Appreciation Day, Oct 31
10 am to 2 pm
Paint a recycled bucket and plant a garden!
Use recycled latex paint to paint a recycled bucket and turn it into your very own Bucket Garden
Support the Bucket Garden in the Schools Project with your $10.00 donation

Added by Pualani Ramos on October 27, 2009 at 5:11am — No Comments

Happy Hearts Mochi

I want to thank my wife for getting me a box of mochi from Happy Hearts Mochi last week. I was astounded by how incredibly sublime these creations were. Quite simply the best mochi I've ever had. The delicate mochi forms a layer surrounding a block of wonderful haupia or haupia with a lower layer of chocolate truffle or another creation. Each bite melts in your mouth and would be satisfying on its own or even better to be joined by further bites. Thank you to Renee, a Kokua website member, for… Continue

Added by Bradley Chun on October 26, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Show me the money!

I would LOVE to win a $100 gift certificate. I would buy fresh LOCAL greens and sprouts and fruits as I am a happy live foody, thank you. Kokua has the best selection of local produce. I would also support Devinder, your fabulous raw gourmet chef/kundalini raiser, by buying lots of his exquisite creations.

Added by Koa Sky on October 23, 2009 at 5:58am — 4 Comments

October is National Co-op Month

October is National Co-op Month. It a time to celebrate who we are and what we represent. We are over 2500 individual owners who have invested a share in our cooperative. By investing, we empower ourselves to further Kokua's mission: to operate thriving grocery stores in accordance with cooperative principles and to promote healthy, sustainable… Continue

Added by Bradley Chun on October 18, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Cooperative Housing - an intentional community?

Is anyone interested in living in an intentional community? A group may be forming to set up something in the Honolulu area. These folks are fairly experienced in many forms of cooperative living, and tend to be professional folks. If you'd like to read more and get on the mailing list, go to this website: http://www.hiop.info/


Added by Ramona Hussey on October 7, 2009 at 6:20pm — 4 Comments


(this is a little late...sorry) just wanted to say that it was great to be involved in the ma'o farms GIVE day a couple of weeks ago. we helped prep some of the new fields for planting (i.e., moved rocks). ma'o recently acquired another 11 acres, increasing their farm to around 16 acres.

there are new structures being built, including a much larger packing shed, as well as a demonstration kitchen and office. of note, these new spaces include some natural building/earth structures. there is… Continue

Added by Katherine Rieth on October 6, 2009 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Haleiwa Farmers' Market: a Nice Surprise

Kokua's store manager, Larry Kirby, drove Rachael and me out to Haleiwa last Sunday to enjoy the wonderful Haleiwa Farmers' Market. The farmers' market was right off the highway just before entering Haleiwa town if driving from Laie. We had a beautiful drive up the windward side despite some rain which cleared beautifully as we entered Kahuku. The… Continue

Added by Bradley Chun on October 5, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Building on Farmland - Paved Paradise, Put up a Fast Food Stand

Two of my fave local writers are Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal who are columnists for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. In this column, they question the ongoing policy of horizontal urban expansion at the expense of farm lands. On Oahu, Maui and Kauai, rich farm lands are under threat from the expansion of houses. Granted, people gotta live somewhere. But in a place… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on October 5, 2009 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

More Research Coming Up Against Candy - Give them an Organic Apple Instead!

My colleague Eric Wahlgren wrote this article looking at recent research on the topic of candy and violence in kids and teens. The findings are troubling and made me think twice about allowing regular candy consumption for my kids (meaning, 3-4 per week, a piece or two). What are your thoughts? You can read the article here. An excerpt is… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on October 4, 2009 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

Mohala Farms community work day

another opportunity to do volunteer work on an organic farm!! Mohala Farms is a certified organic farm, in Waialua. we have an open community work day every first sat of the month...The next work day is this Sat Oct 3 from 8 am to noon, then we break for lunch. We cook a meal using ingredients from the farm and from Kokua Market.

There is always lots to do and we always appreciate any help we can get. It's a beautiful location and of course one can always head to the beach in the… Continue

Added by kathy Maddux on September 29, 2009 at 10:11pm — 2 Comments

Kokua's spectacular deli

Over the past several months I have been visiting Kokua's deli with greater and greater frequency. Even though I work in the Kalihi area, if I have an extra few minutes at lunch, I will make the drive to Kokua to pick up a plate. Don't get me wrong, I still will go to Kenny's or Gulick Deli in Kalihi but I know that my choices for delicious and healthy food expand… Continue

Added by Bradley Chun on September 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Our Favorite Hawaii Food Books

Hawaii Farmer's Market Cookbook

We are blessed in the Islands with literally dozens of cookbooks. Among my faves is the Hawaii Farmer's Market Cookbook by food write Joan Namkoong. Joan puts together a wonderful array of dishes that are easy to prepare and can really take full advantage of what grows here in Hawaii. In this tough economy, as more of us are cooking at home, this book is even… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on September 28, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

MA`O Farms Work Day: A Win-Win Situation

This morning I woke up with a cough and a sore throat. I was pretty sure I didn't want to get out of bed. I was even more sure that I didn't want to get in my car, drive to Wai`anae and work on a hot and dusty farm. But somehow I made it to MA`O Organic Farms and I'm really glad I did.

For the first time, members of the Kokua Market community volunteered at a monthly event: the MA`O Farms G.I.V.E. Day (G.I.V.E. stands for Get Involved Volunteer Environmentally). We organized this… Continue

Added by Heather Williams on September 26, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

In Dairyland, Pollan's Book Spurs Debate: What do You Thnk?

From this AP article:

In Dairyland, Pollan's 'Food' book sparks debate

By RYAN J. FOLEY (AP) – 6 hours ago

MADISON, Wis. — One best-selling book advocating fresh, local foods is shaking up America's Dairyland.

Students across University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, organic grocers, scientists, and dairy farmers large and small have… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on September 23, 2009 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

The Good Table - Support Meals on Wheels for Our Kupuna and Eat Great Local Food!

Here is a video about Lanikila Pacific - Meals on Wheels. They are having a wonderful benefit next month (we wrote about it in the newsletter) called the Good Table Oahu. It's a "synchronized eating event" on October 22. Patrons buy tables at one of… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on September 21, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Ma'o Farms Work Day on September 26

This coming Saturday Kokua is sponsoring a work day at Ma'o Farms. You will be getting hands dirty and an amazing education at one of Hawaii's largest organic commercial farms. At Ma'o, youths from the Waiana'e learn how to run a farm, market produce, care for the aina, and give back to community. This link tells more about work days entail. Interested? Email Heather for information on carpooling and transportation (napela1@yahoo.com).

Added by Alex Salkever on September 20, 2009 at 9:38pm — 2 Comments

Raw Milk: What does everyone think?

My Raw Milk Empire. 5 gallons to get started m...

Image by RyanIsHungry via Flickr

As many of you now know, we're living part-time in Northern California for a while as I do some work in San Francisco. It's great to be in the epicenter of the locavore… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on September 13, 2009 at 7:17am — 1 Comment

Screening of Food, Inc.

We went to a screening of "Food, Inc." on September 8 at Punahou School. It was a wonderful event with a pretty packed audience of probably a few hundred people who were all concerned about the food that we eat, how it gets made, and how it gets to us. I noted many Kokua owners in the audience and was very proud that our cooperative has been at the forefront of this movement for decades. I think that as many have realized that "organic" and "local" are critical, more and more people will see… Continue

Added by Bradley Chun on September 8, 2009 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Labor Day

Not that long ago, we were all much closer to our food. That means, we grew it ourselves or we bought it from people we knew who grew it themselves. As we have moved further away from our food, our relationship with food has changed and not all for the better. Food is cheaper and plentiful in much of the world. Yet more and more of the food we consume is processed and unhealthy.

In our home, we have been growing our own food for some time. Not enough to sustain us but enough to… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on September 7, 2009 at 9:06am — No Comments

My Favorite Things at Kokua

SAN PASQUAL, CA - OCTOBER 30: An avocado that...

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It is a little know fact that Kokua is perhaps the best… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on August 31, 2009 at 7:05pm — 2 Comments

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