Whole Foods hosts coming-out party

Whole Foods hosts coming-out party

There are 36 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 11, 2008, titled Whole Foods hosts coming-out party. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The doors to the first Whole Foods Market in Hawaii opened at 7 a.m. yesterday at Kahala Mall to a flood of customers following a traditional bread-breaking ceremony.

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No Aloha in HI

Las Vegas, NV

#1 Sep 11, 2008
Don't believe their marketing ploy....this is a grocery store for wealthy snobs and elitists.
No Aloha in HI

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Sep 11, 2008
I wonder if they take EBT cards?
poke

Seattle, WA

#3 Sep 11, 2008
you are wrong... you must not shop Whole Foods, more hippy type people tend to our stores, down to earth, full of generosity, willing to help a cause. I suggest you change your thinking. Oh by the way, yes they do take EBT cards, here they do!

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Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#4 Sep 11, 2008
No Aloha in HI wrote:
Don't believe their marketing ploy....this is a grocery store for wealthy snobs and elitists.
This. I have some property that I inherited in Kirkland, Washington and there is a Whole Foods in Bellevue. One day I walked in the store to check it out... I walked right out because the prices are so high. It is a grocery store targeted to snobs and elitists or for those who use their WholePaycheck to act as though they are rich. No thanks. I prefer to be able to afford the food in the grocery store.
douglas in honolulu

Kahului, HI

#5 Sep 11, 2008
No doubt Whole Foods is here to stay. I for one will pay the extra $$ to shop there, the quality is worth the price. Is it elitist? Perhaps, but not any more so than, Neiman Marcus or Chanel. I’ve worked hard for my money, and I’ll spend it the way I want. We all have choices.
No Aloha in HI

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Sep 11, 2008
poke wrote:
you are wrong... you must not shop Whole Foods, more hippy type people tend to our stores, down to earth, full of generosity, willing to help a cause. I suggest you change your thinking. Oh by the way, yes they do take EBT cards, here they do!
Your comment is confusing. Please re-read it, revise it and then repost it if you want people to understand what you are trying to say.
No Aloha in HI

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Sep 11, 2008
douglas in honolulu wrote:
No doubt Whole Foods is here to stay. I for one will pay the extra $$ to shop there, the quality is worth the price. Is it elitist? Perhaps, but not any more so than, Neiman Marcus or Chanel. I’ve worked hard for my money, and I’ll spend it the way I want. We all have choices.
Whole Foods is counting on upper-middle class lemmings like you to survive in HI. The really funny thing is that they'll find many like-minded douglas' in honolulu.
WhatsGoingOn

Honolulu, HI

#8 Sep 11, 2008
Do you wonder why they opened in Kahala and not Kalihi?

Health advocate Doctor Mercola said research their foods.

Whole Foods started out as a health food store, but now is another publicly traded profit generated chain, foods offered may not be different from other grocery stores, just presented as such.

Even the KCC Farmers Market will guaranty both quality and best price, all the other foods at Whole Foods, such as canned foods are made in factories with no real guaranty as to their health practices.
GMO Foods

Honolulu, HI

#9 Sep 11, 2008
Hope all the corn and papaya is not Mutant GMO varities now growing in Waialua, Kunia and Ewa!
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No Aloha in HI

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Sep 11, 2008
WhatsGoingOn wrote:
Do you wonder why they opened in Kahala and not Kalihi?
Health advocate Doctor Mercola said research their foods.
Whole Foods started out as a health food store, but now is another publicly traded profit generated chain, foods offered may not be different from other grocery stores, just presented as such.
Even the KCC Farmers Market will guaranty both quality and best price, all the other foods at Whole Foods, such as canned foods are made in factories with no real guaranty as to their health practices.
Thank You!!!!! I was just about to post that you can get the same local produce and products at the various Farmer's Markets around the island. Without the grocery chain add-on fees.
Bright Side

Waialua, HI

#11 Sep 11, 2008
I'm so tired of people categorizing and judging people. It's ugly.

Our great nation is made up of many many types of people and most all of them have place in our society. Can't folks recognize that most of those with resources ("elitists and snobs") are the very ones who contribute to the efforts of solving our most challenging problems. Poverty and economic disparity being at the root of them all.

Come on people, show some aloha, make room in your minds and hearts for the diversity that does make our country great.

I'm not so naive enough to understand there are some bad elements out there. But the largest majority are not bad -and those are the people I put my faith and hope (there's THAT word again!) in to do the right thing and work to make the world a better place. What else have we got?

Maybe some good food? Just because I like to see fresh wholesome food beautifully presented and available in abundance and eat in a way that supports not only my health, but the taking care of our planet and I am wiling to pay more for that personal choice (and I'm not rich) does not make me an elitist snob.
NewLeaf

United States

#12 Sep 11, 2008
What some people call "affordable" is what others call "cheap". What exactly has abundant cheap food gotten us in America? Skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Maybe we SHOULD be paying more for better quality food.

There's a big difference between a $1 load of white bread full of preservatives and a $3.50 loaf of whole wheat bread with nothing but natural ingredients, and the difference isn't just the price.

Even Whole Foods has products that are a good value. Try the private label products (365). Shop the sales. Buy bulk grains, cereals and beans, etc. etc. etc.
Localguy

Honolulu, HI

#13 Sep 11, 2008
Why are there so many over weight and obese people at the opening? They should be elsewhere working off the pounds, not at a food market.
cnn

Honolulu, HI

#15 Sep 11, 2008
WhatsGoingOn wrote:
Do you wonder why they opened in Kahala and not Kalihi?
Health advocate Doctor Mercola said research their foods.
Whole Foods started out as a health food store, but now is another publicly traded profit generated chain, foods offered may not be different from other grocery stores, just presented as such.
Even the KCC Farmers Market will guaranty both quality and best price, all the other foods at Whole Foods, such as canned foods are made in factories with no real guaranty as to their health practices.
Let me take a guess of why they opened in Kahala and not Kalihi.

Maybe it's because many people in Kalihi prefer to buy their food at the manapua truck and at service station mini marts rather than at a place like Whole Foods?

Or maybe its because the Filipinos in Kalihi know the TRUE meaning of the phrase "Whole Foods", so they prefer the fresh fruits and vegetables that they can buy at China town or their open markets, as opposed to all that processed, bottled, packaged, refrigerated junk that they are selling at Whole Foods.

If you read the article, they have rainbow trout. Was that trout raised in Hawaii? If not, then they violated the #1 economic and environmental rule: Eat foods grown or produced locally.

Wine, cheese, bottled sauces - since when were these products considered "Whole Foods"??????

I'll tell you a big problem with people. They think all the stuff at Whole Foods are healthy foods. They think that eating their "Organic, non-GMO, vegetarian lasagna packaged in recyclable materials" is gonna make them healthy. So they eat their "healthy" lasagna while sitting on their okole watching American Idol. Then they wake up in the morning, and they are still fat.
WestSide

Kailua, HI

#16 Sep 11, 2008
Localguy wrote:
Why are there so many over weight and obese people at the opening? They should be elsewhere working off the pounds, not at a food market.
Same people who browse Sam's and Costco in the afternoon....FREE FOOD SAMPLES!!!

Say 'free' and 'food' in the same sentence and you will always get a crowd!!
Lolo

Honolulu, HI

#17 Sep 11, 2008
I guess that store fits you huh?
-Lana- wrote:
<quoted text> This. I have some property that I inherited in Kirkland, Washington and there is a Whole Foods in Bellevue. One day I walked in the store to check it out... I walked right out because the prices are so high. It is a grocery store targeted to snobs and elitists or for those who use their WholePaycheck to act as though they are rich. No thanks. I prefer to be able to afford the food in the grocery store.

Since: Jul 08

Honolulu, HI

#18 Sep 11, 2008
Whole Foods is just another mainland store looking to break into our island market as if we don't have natural, healthy food here. The Farmer's Markets are just fine and what's the matter with just picking your fruits and veggies from your own yard or getting some from aunty and uncle or at a local farm? Do we really need a chain from the mainland to come and sell us foods that our island already has? How much times are changing..kinda sad.
HonoBear - Princeton NJ

Woodbury, NJ

#19 Sep 11, 2008
I've worked for Whole Foods in NJ for 4 years. Yes, it's not perfect, but what is? Since my husband and I have been eating their food, we feel better and I've lost 40 pounds.(I get a lot of exercise in customer service).
Cat Manapua

Saint George, UT

#20 Sep 11, 2008
HonoBear - Princeton NJ wrote:
I've worked for Whole Foods in NJ for 4 years. Yes, it's not perfect, but what is? Since my husband and I have been eating their food, we feel better and I've lost 40 pounds.(I get a lot of exercise in customer service).
Wow. Magic food. Makes you lose weight. Does Rachel Ray know about this? That girl could stand to drop a few pounds.

On the other hand, I knew a girl shopped at Whole Foods and she ultimately starved to death when her credit card went over limit buying some fresh fruit.
Kimo

United States

#21 Sep 11, 2008
Hey K-girl, what is meant by "mainland store". I'm sure you shop at costco, longs, safeway, etc. Come on now. "Mainland" is very divisive. It pits HI vs the rest of the country and adds to many unwarranted sterotypes. Who cares anyway, its just fruit and vegetables.
Plus, all you health care products are from the mainland or do you wash your hair with guava drippings?
E Malama Pono!

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