July 2019 Update
Join in the Conversation, plus Lend a Helping Hand
Vital Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting on Saturday, August 3 at the Church of the Crossroads. We apologize for the various date changes. Part of that was venue availability, but mostly it was because of delays in the mediation and funders meetings. It just didn’t make sense to hold a meeting without the necessary information.
The August meeting will revisit the future of Kokua Country Foods Cooperative, aka Kokua Market. Financial information will be presented as well as critical next step decisions.
Kokua Needs Two Things From Members (Right Now!)
The co-op is in desperate need of energy and effort from our members and community. We are operating on a shoestring and need your kokua to round out our staffing. We have immediate need for volunteers daily between 10am to 8pm for a variety of tasks, including heading up cleaning and reorganizing projects, helping update our membership records, malama the produce and more. Members who volunteer 3 hours/week for a month will earn 15% discount off their purchases. Please contact Laurie at email@example.com if you can help out a few hours per week.
Get more shoppers into the store.Not only do we need you to spend more of your food dollars at Kokua, we need you to tell your friends and family to give us a try. It may take some time to get more local products and a better selection available so please be patient and keep suggesting products that you want to buy at Kokua.
Board members working hard
Your board has put in hundreds of volunteer hours over the past six months. We have cashiered, served as prep cooks, pursued financing, developed, operational plans, negotiated settlements, and endured sleepless nights. Please know that we have taken our job very seriously and applied our hearts and minds to trying to find the best route forward.
Fruit Chat and Sampling
Kokua Market Co-op will hold a talk on using local fruit, samples included.
Please join us at the Co-op for a talk given by Heidi Bornhorst on local fruits and how to use them. Heidi, a well-known Hawaii horticulturist and certified arborist, is a great source of information on our island grown fruits.
A variety of fruits will be sampled and discussed, depending on what is available in the market that week. We hope to have eggfruit, hearts of palm, ulu (breadfruit), soursop, dragon fruit.
Sunday, July 28 at 10am to noon in the lanai courtyard.
Overstock Sale on Cool Items, plus New Stock
There are presently a number of great specials at Kokua. We have a number of overstocked items—
Wyman’s 3# bags of wild blueberries on sale for $11.99
Guenoc chardonny at $10.00 a bottle
Both items reduced from $15.99.
We are just working through your requests (that were posted on the wall) and trying to get some of those products back in the store -- Take and Bake Sourdough Bread is one example. Keep your eyes open as we bring back some favorites. The transition from our consultant to the new interim GM has been challenging. We’re looking at expanding our offerings to include more local products including venison and beef products, fresh bread, charcuterie, mochi ice cream, organic wines, and soft serve.
Thank you for supporting us with your spending and considering becoming a volunteer.