Today we visited the Waimānalo Co-op Market, made up of local farmers and artists. A few years ago we visited the shop but it was pretty empty.
Recently, they opened to six days a week, thanks to volunteers who work the store, and there is a lot to look at. The co-op engages 82 local farmers & backyard growers, with a majority of them being from the Waimānalo Farm Community. About 70 community artists and crafters are also featured in the co-op. Everything in the shop is locally grown or made.
The co-op is full of locally made spices, teas, clothes, jewelry, baked goods, farm grown produce and art. It’s a very eclectic space. I wanted to support them and buy a bunch of stuff.
In the back of the shop, Nina Cucina has a small kitchen where they make and sell local gourmet food. We did buy a bento box of a veggie wrap, squash pesto and a quinoa salad. It was delicious, but it was also $13. We also got some kalo hummus, which was thick and filling.
Brian got some Indigenous soap, and I had to get this classic sticker.
Here are a few links to a few of the brands we saw:
Aloha ʻĀina Poi Company
Hawaiian Kingdom ʻOnipaʻa T-shirt