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He’eia Pier General Store & Deli hosts Sunday celebration

May 13th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Chef Mark Noguchi, formerly of Chef Mavro’s and Town, will celebrate the grand opening of his He’eia Kea Pier General Store & Deli  partnership on May 15.

Guests at the Blue Planet Foundation’s Solar Lounge event at Fishcake May 11 learned ways to live stylishly and sustainably with solar energy, while being treated to sustainable cuisine courtesy of the new He’eia Kea Pier General Store & Market, which is celebrating its grand opening at 2 p.m. May 15.

There will be a blessing by Pastor Toby from Windward Nazarene, and “small kine” pupu will be served.

It’s an endeavor started by Vertical Junkies and ex-Chef Mavro’s and Townie, chef Mark Noguchi, who are working closely with Mahuahua Ai o Hoi and He’eia Fishpond toward revitalizing the Kaneohe landmark with naturally productive kalo fields and other agricultural production, while raising awareness of sustainable food practices.

All dishes served at the event were sourced as close to the area as possible, including kalua pig smoked in Kaneohe, o’io and ahi from local fishermen, kalo comes from the Reppun lo’i, and ho’io from Mahuahua ‘Ai o Hoi.

Look for them at 46-499 Kamehameha Highway. Call 235-2192.

The Solar Lounge, at Fishcake.

Ho’io, or fern, salad was also on the menu.

O’io fishcake was also on the menu, as well as smoked kalua pig “inna blanket,” below.

Whole Foods launches film fest with a mission

April 19th, 2011

A video still from “PLANEAT.”

If you want to know more about the food chain and green issues, Whole Foods Market is offering an eye-opening experience through its inaugural “Do Something Reel Film Festival,” April 22 through 28,  featuring topics from urban gardening to disappearing bees. The films selected examine how the lifestyle choices we make every day can have a huge impact on our bodies, economy and environment.

The festival launched a nationwide tour on April 1, and by its end, will have traveled to 70 cities across the nation, including Honolulu and Kahului. We’re getting in right in time for Earth Day, Friday, during which Whole Foods will also be hosting an Earth Day Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Call 738 -0820 for more information.

On Oahu, the films will screen at 6 p.m. at Kāhala Mall’s Consolidated Theatres. Call 733-6243. Screenings will also be at 6 p.m. Kukui Mall in Kihei on Maui (call 808-874-9301). Tickets are $10.25 on Oahu, and $9.75 on Maui. The films are:

“PLANEAT”: Filmmakers Shelley Lee Davis and Or Shlomi explore the medical and environmental benefits of eating vegetables in a Western world obsessed with meat and dairy from the testimonies of scientists, farmers and chefs. Screens April 22. Visit

“On Coal River”: Francine Cavanaugh and Adam Woods document the human costs of coal and strip-mining in this film which features the transformation of the mountaintop removal by the residents of Coal Valley River in West Virginia. Screens April 23. Visit

“Lunch Line”: Six children from Chicago’s rough neighborhoods battle of the school’s lunch system. Filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park focus on the development of school lunch as it becomes a robust and nutritious national program. Screens April 24. Visit

“Bag It”: Filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier, an average American analyzing our cultural love of plastic products and working to navigate his way through a plastic-reliant world. Screens April 26. For more information please visit

“Urban Roots”: In a city where processed fast food reigns, a group of Detroiters take it upon themselves to fulfill a vision of accessibility to locally-grown, sustainable-farmed foods in this film by Mark MacInnis. Screens April 27. Visit

“Vanishing of the Bees”: Filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Heinen share
the story of a commercial bee farmer who lost his livelihood when his bee colonies collapsed. Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page narrates this saga that explores the reasons behind the disappearing bees and its effects on industrial farming and the natural world. Screens April 28. Visit

Whole Foods Market will also stream the video “Dig It,” a documentary by Danny Clinch focused on beautification efforts from various groups, including the members of the band Pearl Jam. Band members—alongside activists and families— show how hard work and greenery can transform cities like New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “Dig It” will be on view at April 22 to 29, 2011.

A portion of the proceeds from Whole Foods Market’s Do Something Reel Film Festival will go towards Green Grant, a film production and development grant created by Whole Foods Market and AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs. Two grants worth $25,000 each will be awarded to documentary filmmakers producing films that focus on inspirational, green themes including food sustainability, the environment, support of healthy eating and locally-grown foods as well as communities and individuals fighting to preserve their neighborhoods.

Whole Foods Market Kāhala’s Earth Day events also include “Let’s Go Plastic-FREE.” Throughout April, Kahala customers who bring their own reusable bags or containers for produce and other bulk items in the store will receive a 5-cent credit on  their purchases. Additionally, today through April 22, all plastic bags will be removed from the produce department and replaced with paper and reusable alternatives.