• Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

Down to Earth Celebrates 40 Years of Service to Hawaii

by Mark Fergusson, CEO, Down to Earth Organic & Natural

This year marks Down to Earth’s 40th Anniversary of service to Hawaii. Down to Earth began in 1977, in Wailuku, Maui, when a group of friends started our first store (pictured above), and shortly afterwards opened the King Street store.  They did so out of a desire to help improve the health of Hawaii’s residents by making available organic and natural products at affordable prices (the slogan used to be, “Healthy foods at prices that won’t make you sick!”), and educating about the many benefits of living a vegetarian lifestyle.

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Down to Earth to Relocate its Kailua Store Into Former Macy's Building

by Down to Earth

Honolulu, HI (Feb. 6, 2017) -- Down to Earth Organic & Natural will relocate and expand its 6,000 square foot Kailua store into a 15,000 square foot space in the former Macy’s Building that is being re-developed by Alexander & Baldwin Inc. The new Down to Earth Kailua store is planned to open in late 2018/early 2019.

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Down to Earth to Build New Pearlridge Store

by Down to Earth

Honolulu, HI (Jan. 25, 2017) -- Down to Earth Organic & Natural has signed a long-term lease with Washington Prime Group, of Columbus, Ohio, for a new, stand-alone 10,000 square foot store that will be built at the Pearlridge Shopping Center on Oahu.  Pearlridge Center is the largest enclosed shopping center in Hawaii.  The new Down to Earth store is planned to open in the second half of 2018.

  • Events

VegFest Was Huge Success!

by Down to Earth

Ohau’s first-ever VegFest was a huge success!  Held Sat. Sept. 24th at the Honolulu Hale, there were 40+ booths (Food, health, environment, music) and nearly 5,000 people attended.  Mayor Caldwell addressed the crowd and said park management reported that, for a first-year event, the huge attendance was unprecedented. He hoped it would turn into an annual event. Sen. Mike Gabbard presented a State Senate Resolution of Commendation to Joy Waters, festival producer. We hope to see you next year!

  • Health Issues

Diet-Related Illnesses Cost U.S. Economy $1 Trillion Annually

by Down to Earth

Down to Earth found that the U.S.’s top five diet-related chronic diseases cost the U.S. economy a staggering $1 trillion each year! This is an estimate of direct medical costs and the indirect impact of productivity losses due to illness and premature death associated with chronic heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.

  • Label GMO's

Down to Earth Celebrates Non-GMO Month

by Down to Earth

October is Non-GMO Month.  So, you might ask, what are GMOs?

Genetically Modified Organisms, called GMOs, are plants or animals with cells that scientists have altered genetically. They do this by inserting a gene from one organism into another similar organism—or between non-related species. The idea is to develop new plants or animals with specific desired traits and then grow them as food.