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)

Mayor’s Small Business Awards Finalists Announced

The list of Finalists for the Mayor’s Small Business Awards has been released.  This year’s event, “1930s to 2009, Looking Back – Moving Forward,” celebrates the era that many of Maui’s time-honored mom-and-pop businesses got their start.

Nominees in the small business category with 11-50 employees include:  The Dunes at Maui Lani, David Gleason; Island Honda, Anne Oishi; Maui Brewing Co., Garrett Marrero; Pacific Defense Solutions, LLC, Wes Freiwald; and The Maui Closet Company, Debbie Finkiewicz.  Winners will be announced at a dinner on Friday October 23 at the Wailea Beach Marriott.

Former KGMB9 news anchor Jade Moon will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Awards dinner, which will be held Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.  Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Former KGMB9 news anchor Jade Moon will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Awards dinner, which will be held Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Back by popular demand this year are emcees and TV personalities Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula; keynote speaker will be Jade Moon. 1930s-style entertainment will be provided by Kelly Covington.

Dinner cost is $50 per person; no-host bar. Dinner reservations and special room rates are available by contacting the Maui County Business Resource Center at 873-8247.

The winner in each of the six categories will receive a beautiful Haunani Mine koa-framed commemorative award, window decal and certificate of recognition.

The finalists for Young Business Person are: Andrew Crawford, Bevinco Maui

Danoucha Starkweather, Danoosha Designs Frank “Palani” Alexander II, Alexanders Kitchens and Baths LLC Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co.

Leo Kaniela Caires, Maui Energy Co.

There are also awards being issued for Life Time Achievement, Non-Profit Angel Award, and Small business with 10 or fewer employees.

(Posted by Wendy Osher)


Ziggy Marley will perform live in concert on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at Maui’s War Memorial Stadium.

Ziggy Marley in concert on Maui Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Ziggy Marley in concert on Maui Sunday, August 16, 2009.

In the wake of his 2006 album Love Is My Religion, which earned his fourth Grammy Award, Ziggy Marley shares his musical love with families – his own and the extended human family. Marley’s third solo release, Family Time, is produced with old friend Don Was and will be released this May on Marley’s independent Tuff Gong Worldwide label.

Ziggy’s Maui concert also features Joseph Israel & The Jerusalem Band with a special performance by Rovleta Fraser.  Also on the ticket are local favorites:  Isouljahs Ho’okoa, Zion from the Virgin Islands, Mysterious from Trinidad, Black Diamon from Jamaica and local favorite Marty Dread.

The concert is sponsored by Pacific Radio Group’s Native 92.5 FM,, Hard Rock Café, Aqua Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Wailea Maui, Mana Foods and Tuff Gong Worldwide.  Other supporting sponsors include Pacific Cancer Foundation, Coastline Limousine, Love Fatigues and Land of Organica.  The cash beer garden is brought to you by Maui Brewing Co.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and are available at select Ticket Outlets or online at  One child (12 or under) is admitted free per adult ticket purchased.

Ticketmaster outlets on Maui are:

  • Westside Vibes                    991 Limahana Pl., Lahaina (808) 667-1900
  • Requests Music                    10 N. Market St., Wailuku (808) 244-9315
  • Hana Hwy Surf                       149 Hana Hwy., Paia (808) 579-8999
  • Hawaiian Holy Smokes        320 Ohukai #404, Kihei (808) 879-2826
  • Urban City                              275 Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului (808) 871-5550
  • Maui Brew Pub          4405 Honoapiilani Hwy #217, Lah (808) 669-3474
  • Kahului Ale House    355 E. Kamehameha Ave. Kahului (808) 877-9001

(Posted by Wendy Osher, contributed to this story)


The FIRST ANNUAL MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL is slated to come to a head Saturday, May 30 on the Events Lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.  The event runs from 2:30- 6:30 pm.

brewers_fullThis “Maui-Calls” style event highlights the food and brews presented by Kona Brewing Company.  The event is being held in coordination with the 15th Birthday of the MACC.

The entertainment lineup includes Master of Ceremonies, KawikaVeeka of Native 92.5 FM, Island Rumours Band featuring Rick Vito, Battle of the Bands winner- “Erin Smith & The Throwdowns”, “Off Tomorrow”, and “Celtic Tigers.” Along with Rick Vito, the Island Rumours band is also comprised of  Hawaiian favorite Eric Gilliom on guitar and vocals, renowned Island bassist Lenny Castellanos, lead vocalist Gretchen Rhodes, former Miss Hawaii Kanoe Gibson on vocals and Kris Thomas holding down the rhythm section on drums.  A feature of the group is their singing hula dancers, Germaine Balino and Cyndi Davis.

A total of (23) Brewers will be serving (46) Beers from Hawaii, the US Mainland and from around the globe as well as a host of food tents and offerings. Breweries include: Anheuser  Busch (Budweiser American Ale & Landshark Lager), Bear Republic (NorCal & Racer 5), The Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams Boster Lager & American Wheat Ale), Caldera Brewing Co. (Old Growth Imperial Stout & Caldera IPA), Deschutes Brewery (Green Lakes Organic Amber Ale & Inversino IPA), Gordon Biersch (Marzen & Czech Style Pilsner), Hawaii Nui (Mehana Humpback Blue & Hapa Ale), Heineken (Newcastle Brown Ale & Dos XX Special Lager), InBev (Boddington’s & Leffe Brown), Lost Coast Brewery (Great White & Downtown Brown), Maui Brewing Co., Michelob Brewing Co. (Stone Mill & Shock Top), Ninkasi, Oskar Blues (Dale’s Pale Ale & Old Chub), Pizza Port (Chronic & Wipeout IPA), Redhook Ale Brewery (Longhammer IPA & Sunrye), Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Big Foot Barley Wine Style Ale & Summerfest Lager), Stone Brewing Co. (Stone Smoked Porter & Arrogant Bastard Ale), Widmer Brothers Brewing (Drifter Pale Ale & Droptop Amber Ale) and our presenting sponsor, Kona Brewing Co. (Oceanic Organic & Wailua Wheat Ale).   Additional pours beyond the (8)-4 oz tastes included with tickets are available via scrip which can be purchased on site.

Pupu’s include: AK’s Café (Mini Crabcakes), Alexander’s Famous for Fish (Seafood Wontons), Bruddah Willy’s Sticky Rib (BBQ Ribs), Cake Bakery (Sweet & savory baked goods), Catering Creations by Vasi (Chocolate Fountain & Mini Gyro’s), Coffees of Hawaii (Iced & Hot Molokai Coffee & Mac-Nut Biscotti), Consuelo’s Catering (Shrimp & Fish Moqueca), Food for the Soul (Lilikoi Meatballs), Maui Brewing Co (Beer Battered Maui Onion Rings), Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn (Kettlecorn), Mulligans at the Wharf (Guinness Banger Bites), ONO Gelato Company (Gelato), Serpico’s (Penne a la Vodka), Star Anise Indian Cuisine (Chicken Satay), WoW-Wee Maui’s Kava Bar & Grill (Polish sausage & sauerkraut, Zia Maria’s Gelato (Gelato & Sorbetto), 808 Deli (BBQ Pork Sliders) and all the food is included in the ticket price!

General admission ticket price is $50 advance ($75 day-of-event), which allows the attendee 8 tastings of the various brews in a keepsake commemorative mug, and graze freely among the pupu offerings. General admission attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or mats, and enjoy the music as they would for The MACC’s free annual Ki Ho’alu and Ukulele Festivals.  The Maui Brewers festival is a community event (for ages 21 and older) that raises funds for arts education programs and events at the MACC.

There is also a $150 ticket ($175 day-of) which allows access to the VIP Liquid Aloha Lounge presented by Kona Brewing Co., featuring wait service in shaded seating, complimentary parking, and  commemorative T-shirt and mug.

Non-alcoholic tickets for designated drivers are also available. For Visitors and Kama’aina on the West side of Maui (Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Kahana, Kapalua), Maui Brewing Co. is offering roundtrip transportation along with ticket purchase from the Brewpub at Kahana Gateway Plaza.  Please call Maui Brewing Co. for more information at 669-3474.  This is a terrific way to Celebrate Responsibly! For tickets, call 808-242-SHOW or visit

Additional tickets outlets at: Maui Brewing Co. in Lahaina, Requests Music in Wailuku, and Green Banana Café in Paia.

  • This is a 21 year and older event.  No exceptions!
  • This is another MACC “green” event supporting Maui’s sustainable future
  • The Island Rumours Band Featuring Rick Vito is managed by Jonathan Todd, Sabre Entertainment.  877.877.4787.

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009)