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I Am A Whole Foods Market Virgin And Whole Foods Market Kahului Opened Up!

* For Aloha Friday question, please scroll down. It’s towards the end of this post.

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Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin Texas in 1980, and since then it has grown to hundreds of stores in the USA, UK and Canada. Whole Foods Market opened up here on Kahului, Maui on Wednesday Feb 24th, and it had a very successful first day! Before I go on talking story about the first day of Whole Foods Kahului, let me back track a little bit and talk about my “sneak peek” experience. You see, A Maui Blog was invited to have a preview of WFM Kahului on February 17th.

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And I was pretty impressed! I planned to blog about that experience right after the visit but my busy mama life did not allow me to do so. However, on that day I tweeted away about @WFMKahului and then uploaded the photos on A Maui Blog Facebook Fan Page for everyone to see what’s inside. After I tweeted about it and posted about it on my Facebook, I immediately got a couple of comments about “whole paycheck”. Huh? I was not quite sure what they meant. You see, that was my first experience with Whole Foods Market (thus the title of this post). WFMKahului is the very first Whole Food Store I have stepped my feet on. Thanks to Jenn Russo of A Maui Time, the issue about the “whole paycheck” was explained.

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Moving on to the Grand Opening, it was a very festive day! It was a Wednesday so it’s a regular work day, but I managed to go there for the lunch break. I saw a lot of people I know like @Peterliu47. Other Tweeps were there too like @DaniaKatz, @DJSmook and @Raatz. One thing I like about WFM is the variety of choices I have for a meal – the salad bar, the hot food, etc. See photos below:

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So for my ALOHA FRIDAY meme, the question is “Do you have a Whole Foods Market near you”? If yes, do you go there? Alternative question is “Do you like cooking”? “What healthy food do you like or recommend”?

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16 Responses to I Am A Whole Foods Market Virgin And Whole Foods Market Kahului Opened Up!

  1. Auntie E February 26, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    I do not think so. I have Heard the name and no some folk who go. However I think it is about 45 minutes away.
    .-= Auntie E´s last blog ..Aloha Friday-Food Plans. =-.

  2. Harriet February 26, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    I think it was actually started in a town I use to live in. There is not one here though.
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/02/sex-addiction-whats-next-shopping-chocolate-and-baseball-addictions/

  3. TheAngelForever February 26, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    No Whole Foods Market here. I wish we had one since I have heard so many fabulous things. Of course, I would settle for a Trader Joes.
    .-= TheAngelForever´s last blog ..Guy Kawasaki and Day of Volunteers – DisneySMMoms =-.

  4. Night Owl Mama February 26, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    YES there is and NO I don’t …
    No I don’t like cooking either. lol

    I wonder if those people in the picture mind being posted on the internet for all to see. DId anyone say anything about you taking pictures lol

    Sure looked pretty packed

  5. Cammi February 26, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    No – I wish! How fun – happy shopping! And Happy Friday!
    .-= Cammi´s last blog ..Dear So-and-So #1 =-.

  6. Peter Liu February 26, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Whole Foods was one of the things I dearly missed when we moved to Maui from California. I’m so glad to see one open here. I also love the fact that the local ranchers and growers finally have a big presence.
    .-= Peter Liu´s last blog ..Aloha Realty Group: A Social Media Success Story =-.

  7. Upstatemomof3 February 26, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    We do not have one near us – we just have a regular old grocery store and then some really great local farms.
    .-= Upstatemomof3´s last blog ..Coming To An End =-.

  8. jalove February 26, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Aloha,i haven’t gone there yet.I do remember when down to earth first open in wailuku.it was tease the hare krishna store,lol.it was one of the only health.food stores on the island breaking out even in lahaina and makawao(of course a store on oahu too).paradise fruit stand use to rule kihei for its health food lovers(currently where lifes a beach is) soo ,now DTE only in Kahului,Mana Foods in Paia,Hawaiian Moons. in Kihei oh and Honokawai market,having Whole foods is good, i guess for vistors at least they can reconize the name,for residents,to check out and decide if it all that and more.BTW great to have jobs added to our ailing island,i just didn’t get hired after twice applying online. MAHALO

  9. noelle February 26, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    used to have a whole foods when i lived in atlanta… loved it… dont have one down in south georgia though
    .-= noelle´s last blog ..Aloha Friday # 22 =-.

  10. Wes February 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Yup I love their pizza too:-)!
    .-= Wes´s last blog ..2Day’s Word – To Use Wisely And To Use Well =-.

  11. Tired Mom Tésa February 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    No whole foods on this side of town. When I lived on the east side of Cleveland though we had one and I enjoyed it. Have fun!
    .-= Tired Mom Tésa´s last blog ..Random Thoughts Thursday: 3 Awards, 1 Review, & 1 Winner =-.

  12. twincerely,Olga February 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    nice! I dont’ go much but the meat and chicken without all the hormones wd be a start!!Aloha
    .-= twincerely,Olga´s last blog ..AloHa FriDaY!!!! =-.

  13. 3 Cuzins @ Cuzinlogic February 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Yes, but I don’t shop there often. Enjoy the new store!
    .-= 3 Cuzins @ Cuzinlogic´s last blog ..Freebie Alert: Grab Them Before They’re Gone =-.

  14. Sheralyn February 27, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    It looks like a great place to shop… it’s awesome that they make a real effort to stock local products too!
    .-= Sheralyn´s last blog ..Maui Whale Festival Event: The Great Whale Count! =-.

  15. Mom's Best Bets February 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    Aloha,
    Yes! There is one on Oahu on the opposite side of the island but I drive 45 min. just to shop there…
    It’s expensive but I really like it and have my list of favorites…watch out for the cheese samples they are dangerous!
    .-= Mom’s Best Bets´s last blog ..Tsunami Evacuation =-.

  16. Natalie Surowiecki March 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Love Whole Foods! But sadly, whole paycheck is very appropriate. Their cheese selection is to die for!

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