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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!

South African Wine a Hit at Mauna Lani

We poured wine for an event at our Mauna Lani Foodland Farms last weekend for about 200 Big Island wine enthusiasts. The hit of the show was definitely the Ernst & Company Pinotage.

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.

Are you drinking Coconut Water?

If not, then you should be. A lot of people have been asking me lately, "Simon, what's the big deal about coconut water?" Celebrities and health fanatics alike have been raving about the wonders of coconut water, so I did a little research and here's what I've learned. Coconut water is the second purest liquid next to water itself! This pure water comes from unripe or green coconuts. When the coconut is ripe, the water inside will harden and become a part of the white flesh of the ... more »

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.

Locally Grown Upcountry Statice

It is always very exciting to feature a new locally grown floral item. This Upcountry Statice Bunch comes to us from a grower in Kula, Maui.

The Upcountry Statice Bunches come in a rainbow of lavender, fuchsia, purple, copper and yellow. Statice is a long lasting flower that can not only be enjoyed as a fresh cut flower in water but it can also be dried and enjoyed out of water too.

Pictured here to the left is an Upcountry Statice Bunch simply arranged in a mason jar with ... more »

To go Greek or not to go Greek. That is the question.

Is there a difference between Greek yogurt and standard yogurt? Yes, there is. Read on to see how they offer different health benefits.

Greek Yogurt

• Protein: Average around 20 grams
• Carbohydrates: 9-11 grams
• Contains 50% less sodium than standard yogurt.
• Its thick and creamy consistency makes this the better yogurt to use for dips.

Standard Yogurt

• Protein: Average between 10-12 ... more »

Langtry Estate & Vineyards

Langtry Estate and Vineyards is the producer of Guenoc and Langtry wines. This renown Vineyard is familiar to Hawaii and even produced a special run of exceptional quality wine to celebrate Ruth's Chris' 20th anniversary in Hawaii. We were very happy to get our hands on this great quality wine that tastes more like it would run $40 to $50 a bottle.

When we tasted these wines, we were blown away at the quality! These two bottles are the very best value in the mid price range for ... more »

Jams, Jellies or Preserves?

What is the difference? All three are made with fruit cooked with sugar and pectin. Pectin is a type of carbohydrate found in the cell wall of a fruit, and is often used in foods as a gelling agent.

  • Jelly is clear, normally contains no fruit bits and is made with fruit juice.
  • Jams are made using Fruit pulp or crushed fruit.
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