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Waimanalo Christmas Parade 2014

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POTLUCK DINNER AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Aloha! Come join us at Waimanalo Market Co-op for a potluck dinner and open membership meeting. Wednesday, November 12, 6:30pm-8pm *Check out the Co-op Upgrade and discuss what’s next! *Meet your new board members! *Hear about plans for our second year of operation! *We need your mana’o! Eating starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7pm.

POI MOBILE ON SITE NOVEMBER 6

On Thursday Nov 6, PoiMobile - mobile licensed kitchen for farmers & families, especially for kalo and kalo value-added & others produce welcome -  will resume at the Waimanalo Market Co-op Thursdays and Fridays.  For more info and to schedule use, call Martha at 265.0373 or email martha@waimanalomarket.com.

OPEN HOUSE for New Commercial Kitchen Opportunity!!

Open-House Featuring a New Commercial Kitchen Opportunity for Waimanalo Community   Please join Waimanalo Market Co-op and Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC/Poi Mobile at an open-house featuring a NEW commercial kitchen opportunity.  Spread the word…   Open House Dates/Time:  Thursday, Oct 16, 9am-6pm Friday, Oct 17, 9am–6pm Saturday, Oct 18, 9am–Noon Thursday, October 23, 9am-6pm Friday October

GROWING! Important updates!

Aloha kakou, Our Waimanalo Market Co-op Board of Directors and Interim General Manager Martha Ross are pleased to announce we are preparing for our community-driven cooperative’s Next Stage of Growth.    To serve you better, we will TEMPORARILY CLOSE Thursday, September 25, and RE-OPEN Thursday, October 23, 2014.   NOTE:  We are open this week, TH Sept 18 – SUN Sept

Waimanalo Christmas Parade 2014

Click HERE to see more pictures at our Facebook Page!

POTLUCK DINNER AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP MEETING

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Aloha!
Come join us at Waimanalo Market Co-op for a potluck dinner and open membership meeting.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30pm-8pm

*Check out the Co-op Upgrade and discuss what’s next!

*Meet your new board members!

*Hear about plans for our second year of operation!

*We need your mana’o!

Eating starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Look forward to seeing you. Mahalo.

-Board of Directors & General Manager, Waimanalo Market Co-op

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POI MOBILE ON SITE NOVEMBER 6

On Thursday Nov 6, PoiMobile - mobile licensed kitchen for farmers & families, especially for kalo and kalo value-added & others produce welcome -  will resume at the Waimanalo Market Co-op Thursdays and Fridays. 

For more info and to schedule use, call Martha at 265.0373 or email martha@waimanalomarket.com.

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OPEN HOUSE for New Commercial Kitchen Opportunity!!

Open-House Featuring a New Commercial Kitchen Opportunity for Waimanalo Community
 

Please join Waimanalo Market Co-op and Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC/Poi Mobile at an open-house featuring a NEW commercial kitchen opportunity.  Spread the word…
 
Open House Dates/Time: 

Thursday, Oct 16, 9am-6pm

Friday, Oct 17, 9am–6pm

Saturday, Oct 18, 9am–Noon

Thursday, October 23, 9am-6pm

Friday October 24, 9am–6pm
 
Place:  The PoiMobile Commercial Kitchen at Waimanalo Market Co-op’s (formerly Mel’s Market) Parking Lot
 
Who:  Waimanalo Community and neighbors are invited to visit a new mobile commercial kitchen opportunity.   This opportunity is especially useful for kalo farmers, and other farmers, home growers, aquaponics producers, interested in producing value-added products, as well as families growing kalo or increasing kalo in their diet.
 
What:  Through a grant, Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC is able to bring PoiMobile, a mobile licensed commercial kitchen, to Kalo farmers, other produce farmers/growers and families who need access to tools in a licensed, commercial kitchen.  Kalo farmers are the top priority, and others are encouraged to participate as well.  Plan is to be in Waimanalo weekly, more details to come.

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The PoiMobile commercial kitchen tools for use include:

  • Counter space for preparing kalo, other vegetables and fruits
  • 2-45LB capacity pressure cookers
  • Poi grinder
  • Stovetop Burners(Note:No oven for baking)
  • A grill
  • Assistance with necessary packaging and labeling, for selling products through PoiMobile, Waimanalo Market Co-op, or other locations

Drop by for a visit, check out the kitchen and talk story with Lena Racimo, PoiMobile Manager.   poimobile
NOTE:  We will send out more information soon after the open house, announcing future demonstrations and explaining how to schedule time to use the kitchen to see if it fits your needs.  No charge for use.  Each responsible for own clean-up. 
For more info:  Martha at martha@waimanalomarket.com or call 265.0373.  Mahalo. 

GROWING! Important updates!

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Aloha kakou,

Our Waimanalo Market Co-op Board of Directors and Interim General Manager Martha Ross are pleased to announce we are preparing for our community-driven cooperative’s
Next Stage of Growth.   

To serve you better, we will TEMPORARILY CLOSE Thursday, September 25, and RE-OPEN Thursday, October 23, 2014.  

NOTE:  We are open this week, TH Sept 18 – SUN Sept 21, please visit your Waimanalo Market Co-op.  Support local farmers, vendors and artists.  Help your Co-op prosper and grow.

Accomplishments as of September 17, 2014:

  • Signed lease
  • Federal grant approved with details to be officially announced in October – November
  • Applications for other grants submitted
  • 110 Members and Pledges, 40 local local farmers/growers and 55 community consignment artists/crafters and value-added products vendors
  • Steering Committee completed start-up
  • Board of Directors and Interim General Manager carrying forward
  • Hundreds of hours of volunteer and technical assistance already provided by Members, Pledges, student interns, and business, legal, building, management, cooperative, accounting, bookkeeping, musician, retail space efficiency, photography, strong hands, web and social media, graphic art, marketing, painters, retail space beautification, shopping, cashiers, cleaners, customer service, insurance plus more… experts and professionals
  • Clean, friendly, community-focused, customer service oriented market, open Thursday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm since November 14, 2014, stocked with fresh local produce - utilizing 240 lbs of ice per day, local value-added products and local made arts and crafts
  • Community partners including Waimanalo Health Center, Hui Malama O Ke Kai, Job Corps Hawai’i, UH CTAHR & Go Farm, Waimanalo Seniors, Waimanalo Homestaed Association, Waimanalo Hawaiian Civic Club, plus more, and other partners including Laulima Center- Kohala Center, SCORE, Hawai’i Pacific University and University of Hawai’i
  • Solid, though basic infrastructure in place … cashier and point of sale system – by hand, member program, volunteer program, member and customer communication programs, website and social media sytem and bookkeeping, record keeping and accounting system
  • 96795 News launched and published
  • Basic community outreach and member recruitment program
  • Basic initial business and capital development plan
  • Successful August 3 open house and membership drive with ono food by Members, with Kawika Kahiapo, and Jerry Santos, Haunani Apoliona and Ryan Tang of Olomana sharing their musical talents
  • Received donations of furniture, produce, office supplies and goods for Co-op garage sale tables in the future
  • Articles in Advertiser and Midweek, OHA Trustee column focused on Co-op and Waimanalo community, and regular reporting to Waimanalo Neighborhood Board
  When Waimanalo Market Co-op re-opens October 23, 2014, what will be different?
  • Permits filed and electric and plumbing construction underway for sockets, ceiling fans, lights, cold prep kitchen and sign
  • Upgrade of Cash register and point of sale sytem, including EBT/SNAP utilization application in progress
  • Re-tooled community-friendly country market with retail space used more efficiently and beautifully
  • New and revitalized community outreach and member recruitment program
  • Return of UH Go Farm farmers,  joining our family of growers/farmers, value-added product vendors and consignment artists and crafters
  • Expanded and automated book keeping, accounting system and fiscal reporting system
  • Insurance updated, human resource services researched for hiring of employees
  • Details on implementation of the federal grant program October-November
  • Updated business and capital development plan in progress
  • Additional capital report
  • New marketing plan
  • Updated 96795 News in progress
  • Updated website and social media in progress
  • Re-tooled volunteer program
  • More local growers/farmers, artists, crafters, value-added vendors
  • Updated member, customer, vendor, farmer/grower, artist/crafter data bases, communication programs and agreements
  • Expanded community access to licensed food vendors
  • One or more refrigeration units
There is alot to be done in three weeks, and we will call on our members for help – if your schedule permits.  For example, If anyone knows an electrical engineer and a plumber who might be wiling to work with us on this small electric and plumbing project, email or call Martha at martha@waimanalomarket.com or 808.265.0373.

As always, if you have suggestions, or can donate time, equipment or goods, please call or email Martha at 808.265.0373 or martha@waimanalomarket.com.  We will be following up with those who have already expressed an interest in social media and website help. 

Waimanalo Market Co-op is a Hawai’i Consumer Cooperative Association, non-stock option, under Hawai’i revised Statutes 420C.  A community-driven, member-owned, break-even cooperative for-profit business.

We are open this week, Thursday September 18 - Sunday September 21,  9am – 6pm.  A hui hou. Aloha.
 

Look forward to seeing you at Waimanalo Market Co-op.

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AFTERNOON IN THE COUNTRY

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GREAT TURNOUT for

AFTERNOON IN THE COUNTRY

Mahalo for all your support!

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Always something beautiful at the market!

 

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Locally Grown Dragonfruit

 

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Traditional Shell Lei

 

 

Sunday Afternoon in the Country!

Come out for food, music & prizes!
Bring a Friend and a dish to share:

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Easy to find- In the Old Mel’s Market!

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So many new things this week!

Did anyone say: “Corn”?!?!?!!
First crop of the season, grown right here in Waimanalo! corn
Also this week:
Surprisingly sweet & energy-boosting; the amazing & wonderful Hakurei Turnip makes an appearance this week. Delicious raw. hakurei

Another fun first here at the market:
Edamame Soybeans!

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The sun is out and it shows!

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Open Thursday thru Sunday til 6 pm