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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and all of us at Foodland want to take this opportunity to thank you for your business. As a local business -- and the only locally owned grocery chain with stores statewide -- we depend on your support and are very grateful to have you as a customer. We know that today more than ever, you have many choices of stores to patronize and we want to thank you for choosing Foodland. We truly appreciate your business and want you to know that we will ... more »

Kids just wanna have Fun!

Do you have children that don’t like to eat their fruits & vegetables? Do they kick and scream if you place a carrot or some broccoli on their plate? If so, please check out FoodChamps.org. While I can't say that they'll be begging for brussels sprouts or green beans, it sure is a fun site to learn about fruits & vegetables, and hopefully encourage them to try different ones. I must admit that I had a great time exploring this site ... more »

Take the Bag Challenge

I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new program we kicked off at Foodland earlier this week! Our Take the Bag Challenge invites customers to join us in committing to use only reusable bags when they shop over the next six weeks and our hope is that we can change habits, help protect Hawaii’s environment and reduce our plastic bag usage by 50%! It’s a big goal, but one we are confident we can achieve with your help!

Celebrating Give Aloha

O ka pono ke hanaʻia a iho mai na lani.

The phrase – which when translated means “Continue to do good until the heavens come down to you” – is displayed prominently at our Aina Haina store. And it was these words that Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii, quoted at our annual Give Aloha celebration today as she conveyed the importance of the Give Aloha program to PBS Hawaii and other non-profits throughout the state.

Hau Terrace for Special Events

Foodland was honored to do the floral arrangements for an annual awards dinner at the Hau Terrace at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach. The Hau Terrace is a spectacular special events venue with Diamond Head as a backdrop and the gorgeous blue Pacific Ocean as the horizon.

Perfect Poinsettias

There are certain flowers and plants that really evoke a specific season or time of year. For winter, Poinsettias sing candy canes and Happy Holidays. Poinsettias are blooming plants that start with deep green leaves. The top leaves of the Poinsettia are called bracts and these are the leaves that turn red, orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or even marbled. So, it is an interesting notion that what we would think are vivid colored petals of Poinsettias are actually special leaves.

Give Aloha

This month marks the start of one of my favorite programs at Foodland – Give Aloha. In many ways, it seems like just yesterday that our marketing team came together to brainstorm ideas of how to appropriately honor our late founder, Sully. To us, a program to support the community was the logical choice as Sully was not only known for his support of local non-profits, but he had always instilled in us that we “have a responsibility to support the community that supports us.”

Sully's Legacy, Give Aloha

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time at Foodland, it’s that everyone who knew our company founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan brightens up at the mention of his name. Although the business world remembers him as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of Hawaii, local folks remember him best for being warm, kind hearted and generous.

Eating Salad with Chopsticks, Local Style

A number of years ago, I remember sitting at lunch with our produce supplier, Mark Teruya of Armstrong Produce and a couple of local farmers. Our purpose was to find out how we could build better partnerships with them. What I remember about lunch was how much I enjoyed their company and learning about their businesses. What Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs Country Farms tells me he remembers is that I ate my salad with chopsticks! Richard claims he had never seen anyone eat salad like ... more »

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