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*Malama Kaua'i is a Kilauea based non-profit working to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability, to assist in implementing sustainable practices and support sustainable projects beneficial to the community.
Malama Kaua'i recently spoke with Monique Dehne, founder of the Healthy Hut Natural Food Store in Kilauea, about the market and her thoughts on sustainability.
Malama: What was your vision when you opened the Healthy Hut?
Monique: At 19 I took a job at Hanalei Natural Food Store, which was my first real exposure to organic and natural foods. I worked with them for six years before starting the Healthy Hut here in Kilauea. The idea was, and continues to be, providing the people of Kilauea with quality food at a reasonable price.
Malama: How do the products at the Healthy Hut benefit the community over those offered at your general grocery store?
Monique: I really try to look at the providers of the products we carry and support those who have a conscious way of doing business. I look for companies that are family owned and operated, like small farms and coops, or ones that put their profits back into communities. I try to stay away from those that have the worst corporate business practices. Just because it says organic doesn't mean the company operates with the right values. I want customers to feel good knowing the money they spend here isn't just supporting organic and natural foods, but is also going to companies that have the right values at heart.
Malama: What would be an ideal sustainable project that you'd like to see here in Kilauea?
Monique: I'd like to see a Kilauea based recycling program so that people don't have to leave the community to be able to recycle.
Malama: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us.
Monique: Thank you!
If you want to eat healthy, support a locally owned business and a supplier of sustainable products don't forget to visit the Healthy Hut. The Healthy Hut is located in the Kilauea Stone Building or you may contact them at 828.6626. The Healthy Hut also offers a wholesale program for businesses!
Malama Kaua'i, in conjunction with Kurtis (known for his other movie showings at Small Town Coffee in Kapa'a) and the Kilauea Lighthouse Bistro, will begin showing sustainability related movies and documentaries on select Thursday evenings starting Thursday, November 16, 8:30 PM. Our first presentation will be the BBC documentary "Global Dimming", related to global warming but less known and understood. Educate yourself on this important global issue by watching the 1-hour show followed by a question and answer session with Ken Stokes of the Kauaian Institute.
Other future showings include "An Inconvenient Truth", "Peak Oil" and "The Future of Food". These events are FREE and open to the public so get out and get involved! For more information please check the Malama Kaua'i website or call 828-0685.
Ken Stokes of the Kauaian Institute recently started a sustainability blog site called Sustainability in Hawai'i, or SusHI for short. The blog is a great resource for island relevant sustainability information. Daily updates and intelligent commentary make this a homepage nominee. Check it out at: http://www.kauaian.net/blog/
- November 15, Wednesday
Unlocking the Door: The Key To Ending Homelessness
@Waikiki Beach Marriott, O'ahu - More Info
- November 15, Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Kaua'i's Living Pathways 2006 Conference Part One
@Aloha Beach Resort Kaua'i, FREE - More Info
- November 16, Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Kaua'i's Living Pathways 2006 Conference Part Two
@Hilton Kaua'i Beach Resort - More Info
- November 16, Thursday, 8:30 PM
Conscious Movie Night in Kilauea
@Kilauea Lighthouse Bistro, FREE - More Info
- November 20, Monday, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Shaping Policies & Standards For Our Preferred Rural Hawai'i
@Aloha Beach Resort, Ali'i Room - More Info
- December 8, Friday, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
" An Inconvenient Truth" Film Showing and Panel Discussion
@KCC Performing Arts Theater, FREE - More Info
- December 12 - 14, Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop
@Tokai University Pacific Center, O'ahu - More Info
If you know of an upcoming event that should receive a mention please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-0685.
Malama Kaua'i is a Kilauea based non-profit working to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability, to assist in implementing sustainable practices and support sustainable projects beneficial to the community.