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A spacious bulk foods department, wine and beer and poke bars, hot pizza and a café await newcomers to Whole Foods, opening today.
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Whole Foods Kailua Boasts Beer, Wine and Poke Bars

Whole Foods already has a well-established Kahala store. Why, when you live near town, go to Kailua? The beer and wine bar, with six beers on tap; during happy hour, from 4-6pm, you can get two beers and a couple of slices of fresh, hot pizza for $4.

In keeping with the commitment to buying local, several of the bar pours are homegrown, including favorites from Maui Brewing Co.

Also, Whole Foods Market Kailua is much larger than Kahala: 33,000 square feet, allowing space for a self-serve poke bar, more than 50 feet of shelf space devoted to beer (many local and hard to find by the bottle), and large sections purveying bulk foods and gluten-free products.

The liquid bulk section offers oils, amino acids and honeys to decant into your own containers. This also applies to the body section of shampoos, soaps, cleansers.

The store has partnered with local favorite Ono Pops to make a unqiue line of shave ice syrups with no artificial colors or flavors; the shave ice will come in two sizes and employ locally grown ingredients, incuding fruit and sugars, as well as ice cream from Il Gelato.

The storeʻs first Community Support Day, when a non-profit partner gets a 5 percent cut of all sales, is next April 25, with the money going to Papae O Heeia, who are rebuilding a nearby historic fishpond. Theyʻll be involved with the I Love Kailua festival. And theyʻre working with the Beach Environmental Awareness Campain Hawaii (BEACH) to focus attention on keeping potentially harmful disposable containers and plastics off the beaches and in the ocen.

On May 18, itʻs Hawaii Byclicling leagues Bike to Work day with a free organic snack.

Forty percent of merchandise in Whole Foods shelves come from Hawaii (itʻs estimated most of us consume a diet from 80-09 percent imported foods. Hereʻs a great place to start making the change to sustainability.

Whole Foods Market Kailua, 629 Kailua Rd., Suite 100, Open daily 7am-10pm, []