VIDEO: Whole Foods Market Offers List of Local Maui Products

Posted by Wendy Osher

Maui Media toured the new Whole Foods Market in Kahului today that will become the chain’s first Maui store when it officially opens on February 24th.  The 26,366 square-foot store will offer an array of natural and organic health and body care products.  The inventory includes products from 44 local farmers, 29 of which are Maui based.  The vendor list is even larger with more than 200 Hawaii vendors being used to stock shelves, 60 of whom are locally based Maui producers.

Courtesy Photo: Whole Foods Market Kahului.

Local products include orchids by Fragrant Orchids of Maui, jams and jellies by SoMoor, kombucha by Maui Kombucha and more.

“Whole Foods Market celebrates the great variety of local businesses and farms in Hawai`i that grow and make wonderful food, drink and body care products. We are delighted to continue to expand our selection of special local products for our shoppers’ enjoyment,” said Claire Sullivan, Whole Foods Market’s vendor and community relations coordinator.

“Opening our first Maui store presents a particularly exciting opportunity to support and highlight Maui producers, especially those in the farming and ranching community who contribute to the unique beauty and agricultural character of this island.” added Sullivan.

Much of the healthy kale and chard at the Kahului store’s produce department is grown at Rice Farms in Kula. Since 2006, Tom Rice has worked to create a diversified farm on his family property, learning which crops are happiest in the cool, sunny Upcountry climate.

Courtesy Photo: Whole Foods Market Kahului.

Located in Ulumalu in north Maui, Fragrant Orchids of Maui will supply the company’s Kahului store with a selection of potted orchids. The orchids will also be available for shipment to family and friends on the mainland.

Since 1997 joy’s place has been offering meals on Maui’s south shore in Kihei, driven by a commitment to helping individuals achieve optimum health by serving food that has been simply prepared using fresh, organic ingredients. Whole Foods Market Kahului will be the second outlet for the line of live foods recently created by Joy and her partners Joe and Tyua. These live foods are nutrient-dense, plant-based foods that have been crafted without exposure to high temperatures, so they’re high in flavor, color and nutrition.

Pala`au, which means to heal with plants, is a line of Maui-made body care products that will be available at the Kahului store. They are based on a foundation of traditional beliefs, techniques and ceremonial processes from Hawaiian and Amazonian healers. Owner Stephanie Montanez creates and brews the products by hand in small batches on full moons. She makes them with focused herbal intentions, controlling their vibrancy, potency and freshness.

Maui producers whose items will be available at Whole Foods Market Kahului include:

  • Healing Dragons (vog tea)
  • Pala`au (body care)
  • Bee Kine (surf wax)
  • Rainbow Ridge Farm (goat milk soap)
  • Kula Herbs (soap)
  • Noni Biotech (noni juice)
  • Top Maui Restaurants (restaurant guidebook)
  • Aftersea Aesthetics (glass water bottles)
  • Ali`i Kula Lavender (lavender culinary creations)
  • Surfing Goat Dairy (goat cheese)
  • Maui Brewing Co. (beer)
  • Tedeschi Vineyard (wine)
  • Maui Cattle Company (beef)
  • Scott McKay (kiawe wood)
  • Anuhea Farms (asparagus)
  • Coca Farms (veggies)
  • Evonuk Farms (herbs and beans)
  • Fresh Island Herbs (vegetables & citrus)
  • Greenleaf Farm (yacon)
  • Zuhair Tamimi (tomatoes)
  • Hali`imaile Pineapple Co. (pineapples)
  • Hana Fresh (vegetables)
  • Hana Herbs and Flowers (pohole fern)
  • Kahanu Aina Sprouts (sprouts)
  • Kanoa Enterprises (taro, luau leaf & chili peppers)
  • Kapalua Farms (vegetables & fruit)
  • Kula Country Farm (strawberries, onions & daikon)
  • Kula Grown Organic Produce (zucchini, cucumber & lettuce)
  • Kumu Farms (papaya, herbs, tomatoes & pesto)
  • Kupa`a Farm (vegetables & fruit)
  • Maui Farmers Cooperative Exchange (cabbage & other vegetables)
  • Ono Organic Farms (tropical fruit)
  • Rice Farms (kale, chard & other vegetables)
  • Waipoli Hydroponic greens (watercress & lettuce)
  • Yee’s Orchard (mangoes)
  • Fragrant Orchids of Maui (orchids)
  • Howard’s Nursery (potted plants)
  • I.N. Komoda Orchids (orchids)
  • Maui Floral (protea)
  • Maui Tropicals & Foliage (tropical flowers)
  • Paradise Flower Farms (lei & tuberose)
  • The Maui Farm (potted herbs)
  • CAKEbakery (cookies, muffins & cakes)
  • Foods4Life (vegan baked goods)
  • Maui Kombucha (kombucha)
  • Ono Gelato (gelato)
  • Coffees of Hawai`i (coffee)
  • Ka`anapali Estate (coffee)
  • Creations by Vasi (salsa)
  • Maui Taro Burgers (taro burgers)
  • Joy’s Place (raw food)
  • Kihei Ice (ice)
  • Maui Pure Island Products (cleaning products)
  • Roselani (ice cream)
  • SoMoor (jams & butter rum sauce)
  • MauiBrand (sugar)
  • Maui Jams & Jelly (jams & jellies)
  • Maui Upcountry (jams & jellies)

Maui Home Sales Reach 17 Month High

By Wendy Osher

Maui home sales were up significantly in December with 90 homes selling for a median price of $477,000. That translates to a 63 percent increase in sales volume over last year and marks a 17-month high for home sales on the island.

The Maui Realtors Association released the year end figures saying the market seems to be getting its footing as number of sales increase, inventory decreases, and median prices bounce along the bottom.

A total of 31 homes sold in Central Maui for a median of $438,000; 19 sold in Kihei for a median of $435,000; and 8 sold in Kula for a median of $825,000. Median properties above the $1 million mark sold in Hana, Kaanapali, Lahiana and Wailea.

Sales for condos meantime more than doubled to 80 from the same time last year. The median price for a condo dropped from last year to $401,500. A total of 23 codos were sold in Kihei for a median price of $275,000; 13 sold in Napili for a median of $320,000; and 11 sold in Kaanapali for a median of $1.5 million.

The first time homebuyer credit is still available for up to $8,000. The offer is set to expire on April 30, 2010. Credit grants of up to $6,500 are also available for current homeowners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.

Conservation Urged Following Waterline Break in Kula

The Department of Water Supply is asking customers in Kula from Kawehi Place to Kanaio to conserve water today due to a water line break that occurred late last night. An 8-inch main line was broken last night when a tree apparently fell on it. The break is in a remote area and DWS personnel are working on the repair this morning. The repair job is expected to take all day. Until then, water currently in the storage tanks is the only available supply and customers should use water for health and safety purposes only.

Two portable water tankers will be located at the DWS Waiohuli Tank site on Middle Road and at the telephone exchange on Kula Highway. Customers may bring their own containers to fill up with potable water.

Customers may also experience low water pressure throughout the day and are asked to call the DWS Service Line at 270-7633 only if a water emergency occurs.

Polipoli Without Water Following Kula Waterline Break

The Polipoli area of Kula will be without water today as personnel with the Department of Water Supply repair a broken transmission line.  The affected area includes Polipoli Road between the Pilikino Gulch and the intersection with Middle Road, and Pilikino Place.

Water will be shut off from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2009.  A portable water tanker will be stationed at the DWS Waiohuli Tank site for customers to fill up their own containers with potable water.

Kula customers beyond the Polipoli area, including Waiohuli, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio are asked to conserve water since the transmission line will be out of service and the Department will not be able to fill storage tanks until the repair job is completed.

Customers are asked to call the service line at 270-7633, only if a water emergency occurs.

(Posted by Wendy Osher, Information provided by the County Department of Water Supply)

Relic of Saint Damien Passes Through Maui on Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage tour honoring Hawaii’s first saint continues on Maui today (Monday, October 26, 2009) as a relic from the famed Father Damien makes stops in Kula, Waihee, Kapalua and Lahaina.

Today’s stops include a visit at the Holy Ghost Church in Kula from 7-11 a.m.  Then, at noon, a reception of the relic with hymn, lei, litany and procession will be held at St. Ann Church in Waihee.  At 5 o’clock this evening, the relic arrives at Sacred Hearts in Kapalua.  And at 6:30 p.m., the final stop on Maui will be at the Maria Lanakila Church in Lahiana where a variety of songs and novenas will be shared into the evening.

The journey continues with stops on Lanai and Kauai before heading to the Friendly Isle of Molokai.

The pilgrimage arrives on Molokai on Friday, October 30, where St. Damien served a community of Hansens’ Disease patients who were quarantined to the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula.

That celebration will include a caravan of bishops on Molokai as well as a procession of students from Damien Memorial School who will carry the relic down the trail to the isolated community.  The relic returns to Honolulu on November 1st where it will be carried to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and remain there permanently.

(Posted by Wendy Osher)

New “Art on Wheels” Program Brings Art to the Public Via Maui Bus

The county launched a new Art on Wheels program that brings photography and artwork to the public via the Maui Bus.  Featured are watercolor prints by artist Phil Sabado and nature photography by photographer Lois Bisquera.  The program is the brainchild of Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares and was made possible through the County Commission on Culture and the Arts.

County of Maui (L-R) Sherry Gabriele, County Commission on Culture & the Arts; Mayor Charmaine Tavares; Phil Sabado (artist - painting); Lois Bisquera (artist - photography).

County of Maui (L-R) Sherry Gabriele, County Commission on Culture & the Arts; Mayor Charmaine Tavares; Phil Sabado (artist - painting); Lois Bisquera (artist - photography).

The program is designed to beautify the buses and make for a more pleasant ride. The art is displayed on all routes where Maui Bus operates.

Sabado is a lifelong professional painter and recipient of the Commission’s Pundy Yokouchi Award.   He has been a long-time participant in island artistic endeavors, and recently created a portrait of Saint Damien of Kalaupapa, Molokai, in honor of the Saint’s Canonization this month.

Bisquera serves as assistant public information officer for the County and contributes freelance photography and writing to local media.  She began photographing the islands’ natural beauty as a child growing up in Kula, Maui. And has since enjoyed capturing the details and patterns in nature that often get overlooked in everyday life, and documenting people and places she has encountered.

Mayor Tavares thanked Commission member Sherry Gabriele for helping make the art display a priority for the County, and urged anyone interested in submitting laminated prints for future display to email Gabriele at

Commission Chair Marilyn Hirashima commented that the Commission is looking for other unique ways to display artwork throughout the County.  “Maui has so many talented artists, and the buses provide an island-wide venue to display their creativity,” Hirashima said. “The Commission’s Art on Wheels program is an opportunity to display art in a place where passengers can be inspired and uplifted during their journey.”

Each bus will carry scenes from a particular theme so passengers transferring from one bus and boarding another will be treated to a whole new array of images.

The Commission on Culture and the Arts strives to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Maui County by increasing public awareness, promoting public support, and providing education and participation in art and cultural activities.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the County of Maui)

Victim of Ulupalakua Home Fire Identified

Maui Police positively identified the charred remains of a woman found following a home fire in Ulupalakua over the weekend. Dental records were used to positively ID the woman as 49-year-old Cheryl Lynn Ledbetter of Olympia, Washington.

The early morning fire at the Kini Drive residence was first reported at 1:13 a.m. Fire crews found the home fully engulfed when they arrived on scene. Crews from Kula, Makawao and Kahului responded to the blaze and brought the fire under control at 2:17 a.m.

During the clean-up and dousing of remaining hot spots, the charred remains of a female was discovered by fire personnel. The home had 3 occupants. One was uninjured and a second individual, a 61-year-old male who was identified as the owner of the home, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with 40% burn injuries.

Police investigators report that it appeared that the 61-year-old man was injured while attempting to save Ledbetter – he was transferred to Straub Hospital on Oahu where he remains under hospital care.

Damage to the 1,000 square feet single story home was estimated to be $110,000 and $30,000 to its contents.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by fire and police investigators.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the County of Maui)