Kokua Market is still undergoing a period of transition— we are not closing or planning to close, and we are excited for the future— however, we will need your help to get there! We held an Owners Meeting on 12/20 and will have another on 1/24, at the Church of the Crossroads. Check the Events page for the address and time.
Since the last update, some important changes at Kokua have occurred. First, because the existing Board Members recognized their lack of experience and resources to develop a recovery plan into the future, three new Board members were brought on and a number of members resigned, bringing the current Board to five members. Heading this new Board as president is Laurie Carlson, Kokua Owner #1 and former General Manager. This rescue team will be unveiling the plan for the future at the 1/24 Owners Meeting- we hope you are able to attend!
Our current initiative is to raise capital— and to do so, we need your help. State laws and our bylaws allow each member to own up to 20 shares, at $150/share. Our goal is to sell 1000 additional shares by the end of January. New Owners are encouraged as well! If you know someone who has been interested in becoming an Owner, or if your household member could use a membership of their own, please ask them to consider purchasing shares. We need immediate action. We will be using this capital to solicit matching funding from philanthropies and lenders. If we do not reach our capitalization goal, or if we are unable to secure matching funding, we will RETURN all new share purchase checks to contributors.
For information on how to purchase additional shares and more information on Board changes and new members, please see our newsletter here.
Mahalo for your Kokua,
The Board of Directors
What is Kokua Market?
Established in 1971, Kokua Market is the first natural foods cooperative in Hawaii, and the only one in Honolulu! We have high standards for what we carry, with a focus on fresh, local & organic products. Owner or not, anyone can shop at Kokua Market.
Our mission is to operate thriving grocery stores in accordance with cooperative principles and to promote healthy, sustainable living in Hawaii.
What is a Co-op?
A co-op is a business cooperatively owned by people with a shared vision and values. Becoming an owner of Kokua Market is an investment in the community's access to healthy and sustainable food. Our 4,000+ owners have a say in what we sell and how we operate. Scroll down for information on becoming an owner!
Shop Local & Vote With Your Dollars
Our goal is to provide our community with local, organic, and healthy food!
Shop at Kokua Market to vote with your dollars in supporting the local economy and creating a more sustainable food system.
Explore our many departments for a description of what we offer!
Join Our Community - Become an Owner!
What are the benefits of becoming an Owner? Becoming an Owner of Kokua Market is an investment in your health, our community, and the local economy. Benefits include:
- Owners Advantage pricing (additional discounts on select items)
- Discounted movie tickets to Consolidated Theaters ($8/ticket)
- Owners Appreciation Weekend: 4 weekends/year, owners receive 15% off storewide. Our next Owner's Appreciation Weekend is October 20 & 21!
- Annual Meeting: a free dinner with Kokua managers, Board Members, and fellow owners to get updated on what's happening at the market
- Electing Board Members: Kokua Market is governed by an owner-elected Board of Directors. Elections typically occur once a year
- Have a say in your store! We truly value the opinion of our Owners and welcome suggestions to better serve you and the community as a whole
Volunteer: Volunteering at Kokua is a great way to become part of our team and experience what it is like to be part of a co-op. Volunteer three hours a week and receive a 15% discount on all your purchases at Kokua the following week. Just fill out an application at the cash registers, and our Volunteer Coordinator will get back to you.
How do I sign up?
A one-time $160* investment makes you a lifetime owner, and whether you move away or change your mind, you can get your money back at any time. Sign up in the store!
*A $10/month payment plan is available for those who prefer it