Vote to fund a great community project!

Richard Ha wrote on his Hamakua Springs blog about a project Rose Acevedo is proposing to harvest the fruit that goes to waste in the Hilo area and donate it to the Food Basket. PepsiCo is offering grants based on the number of votes received through the end of May. Once you're registered you can vote every day.

Even if this project doesn't get funding from Pepsi, I hope it can get community support. It's a simple, effective way to distribute Hawaii's abundant produce to those most in need. Thanks, Rose!

Make a Difference this Earth Day!

Although Earth Day is officially April 22nd, Down to Earth will be celebrating it on Sunday April 27th with a special day of fun and music. Proceeds from tickets sold will go towards supporting an awesome new sustainability charter school in Kaimuki, the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS). Here's a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause and have fun doing it! Learn more about Down to Earth's Earth Day Celebration

We’re so excited about this partnership event that we want to give away two FREE tickets on our social media to two lucky winners! The contest is simple: Share our post on Facebook and Instagram (@downtoearthhi). . The person to get the most likes on their shared Facebook post wins 2 FREE Tickets. Whoever tags us on Instagram #SEEQSDTE and gets the most likes, will also win 2 FREE tickets!

Although we discuss SEEQS in some detail in this month's feature article, I'd like to elaborate a little bit.

Several weeks ago, I had the awesome opportunity to meet and speak with SEEQS founder, Buffy Cushman-Patz. A recent grad from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Buffy has been a school principal, has taught math and science in public, charter, and independent schools across Hawaii, and has led math and science workshops for teachers in South Africa. She’s an amazing woman with a passion for making a difference in education by encouraging students to take ownership for their own learning and helping them to expand their awareness of the world around them. For Buffy, “Raising a new generation with a deep understanding on how to treat and respect our planet is critical."

Photo: Lettuce Growing in Raised Beds

As Buffy and I chatted, it didn’t take long for us to realize our vision for helping others to respect the land, or ‘aina, was completely aligned. Earth Day has always been one of Down to Earth’s favorite times of year as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate our passion and appreciation for the ‘aina (earth, land). In addition to our devotion to sustainability through a commitment to organic and natural foods, we also support sustainability efforts in our local community. It was easy to see this would be the perfect partnership.

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday April 27th at Hawaiian Brian’s to help raise funds for SEEQS mission. You can attend the all-day event or any portion of the day, which includes yoga, zumba, keiki fun: face-painting and mini-cooking class, music performances by Mike Love and Ooklah The Moc, and healthy organic food from Life Foods, Inc. It’s going to be a blast!

We are so honored to align ourselves with a community organization that is concerned about our environment and wants to help make a better tomorrow with a lighter footprint.

Night Market at Down to Earth Kapolei - Tues. July 15th

Down to Earth Kapolei Night Market - 35% Off

Our Kapolei store is having a Night Market and you're invited!  Join us for an entertaining evening Tuesday July 15th 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  It'll be in the parking lot and will feature 20 vendors and a great sale inside the store, where you will receive at least 35% off on ten great-selling items. All to the tune of live Hawaiian music by the Keanu Boom Kanani Band. Our Love Life! Community Outreach Team will be sampling yummy goodies from recipes we make in our free cooking classes. For details about the sale and vendors at our upcomming Kapolei Night Market check out the Events page on our website. For help with questions, feel welcome to call our Love Life! team at 947-3295.

We hope to see you there!

September is Eat Local Month!

This month the Love Life! Team will be focusing on eating local and will be sharing recipes in our free cooking classes featuring local ingredients. Our menu for classes at our Oahu locations will be a savory raw pie featuring local tomatoes and Ko Farm kale, tumeric-garlic fried rice, and raw cacao macaroons with local coconut. If you will be joining us on Maui you will be able to learn how to make a raw zucchini pasta with marinara sauce made with local tomatoes, raw local Hamakua mushroom soup, and local mint cacao cookies, also raw. We hope that you can make it to one of our free cooking classes. Don’t forget, the time for our Maui class has changed: every 3rd Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm.

We also encourage you to take this month to focus on eating local. You will find that our stores make this very easy to do. Our Produce Departments are full of fresh, local, and organic produce that the entire family will love. Perhaps try something new that you have never eaten before! This is always exciting, and the Love Life! Team would be happy to help with any recipes or suggestions. Just post a note in the comment section below. By eating local, you help our community to thrive. It supports our farmers and vendors so that they continue to supply us with healthy organic food and products for our island ohana.  Read more about our support of Local.

Wishing you a fabulous September full of health and joy!

Love Life! Eat Healthy, Be Happy!  

A hui hou,

Mama T

Talk Story with the Love Life! Team

Isn’t it great to call Hawaii home? While the rest of the country is bundling up for frightful weather, this Christmas we continue to be blessed with warm sunshine in paradise. As we again approach another holiday season with excitement, we are pleased to invite you to a variety of wonderful lectures and workshops that we have planned for this December.

December 8-10th we are pleased to welcome Burt Goulding, who will be presenting 3 separate talks on the Secrets of Natural Healing. There will be a different talk in Honolulu, Kailua and Kapolei. Burt’s lectures last year were a huge hit and are sure to be this year as well.

December 12th the excitement continues with a free lecture from one of our favorite local doctors, Dr. Terry Shintani, MD. He has just released his new book, “The Peace Diet” and it’s awesome! Dr. Shintani will be giving a free lecture in our new Honolulu community room on the 12th from 5-7pm. I will be joining him to give a cooking demo that reflects his message on eating for peace of body, mind and spirit. You’ll want to come early to make sure you get a seat.

On the 20th you can join us in Kailua for Coffee Talk with Alyssa Moreau. She will talk about macrobiotic cooking for the winter. Alyssa will also do something very unique for Coffee Talk: conduct a cooking demo. Refreshments will be served and we will offer 10% off our organic espresso bar.

Finally, we end the year with a Guest Chef cooking class with Alyssa Moreau in Kapolei. She is going to continue her successful series in gluten-free baking December 29th from 6-7:30pm. Classes are $30 and are sure to fill up quickly.

All of these events can be found on our website Events Page. If you have any questions please contact us at 947-3249 or you can email me at

We wish you a beautiful holiday season and hope to spend some time with you at one of our upcoming events. Until we meet again in 2015, Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy Holidays from all of us at Down to Earth!

Down to Earth’s Earth Day/Workday at Aloha Animal Sanctuary

Aloha Animal Sanctuary

Earth Day is a great reminder that we are all responsible for caring for our planet. This year, we celebrated by volunteering to help our friends at Aloha Animal Sanctuary.

Aloha Animal Sanctuary is O’ahu's first non-profit animal sanctuary for farmed animals. They are completely run by compassionate volunteers whose love for animals can be felt throughout the sanctuary!

We had 20 volunteers who graciously spent their Earth Day/Easter Sunday at the sanctuary, getting it ready for more rescues. Our mission was to clear the land to make way for planting fruit trees and other plants that will be used to eventually feed and shelter the animals at the sanctuary.

After our work was done, we chilled out with some Down to Earth deli favorites and ice-cold water. We sure earned it!

Working on the sanctuary has a way of putting things into perspective. To us, it was just a few hours of our time, but to these animals, it will help to give them a lifetime of comfort and safety. If we do little things every day to help our planet (and our friends who share it with us), we are always going to be one step closer to a better environment. For us here at Down to Earth, Earth day is every day!

Be the First to Know! VegFest Oahu: Celebrate. Learn. Taste.

Down to Earth is pleased to be a sponsor of Hawaii's first ever VegFest Oahu, coming this September 24, 2016 from 1pm - 6:30pm at Honolulu Hale. Here's a roundup of what's new with the festival and how you can get involved.

The Latest Buzz - Festive Firsts

VegFest Oahu: Celebrate, Learn, Taste
An early peek into VegFest Oahu’s lineup. One of our performers on the Main Stage will be much-beloved local musician Paul Izak, founder of Yogarden Hawaii, singing his songs of peace and green living.  For our Inspiration Speaker Series, we just confirmed Michael Kramer, author and financial advisor at Natural Investments specializing in sustainable and socially responsible investing.  In our Learning Kitchen you will get to see cooking demos from expert chefs Sylvia Thompson, from Greens and Vines Restaurant and Down to Earth's very own Deli Manager Edgar Edge.  The program is being expanded more and more every day as people learn of VegFest and ask to be a part of this fantastic event.  Want to know who and what is next?  Join the VegFest Oahu mailing list to keep up with the festivities as they unfold.

Introducing Aloha Advocacy - Join Us!


VegFest Oahu wants to share our message in funny, loving, inspiring, inclusive, nurturing and encouraging ways. Let’s help people discover how easy going plant-based can be and to think of it as an adventure.  VegFest Oahu wants YOUR help to create family-friendly bridges for the veg-curious coming to the festival.  We believe many people in our community are teetering on the edge and ready to be inspired towards change by fun, friendly people - like YOU! - and by feeling like they are part of something right and good.  VegFest Oahu is an YOUR opportunity to be part of sharing these values in our community.  Join us!  Become a Vegfest Oahu Volunteer. We have many ways you can get involved.

Invest in the Fest - Bumper Sticker Fundraiser

HI on Veggies:

We’ve got a mountain of creative ideas about how to make VegFest Oahu a transformational day to remember - and we know you want to be a part of it. You can - by becoming a Bumper Sticker SuperHero! Contribute to our fundraiser with a donation of $11 or more and we will send you the official VegFest Oahu 2016 Bumper Sticker: “HI on VEGGIES.”   Your support will help us produce provocative, playful, free festival fun like:

  • Animal masks for a Compassion Parade
  • Gas and snacks for musicians, speakers and expert chefs donating their skills
  • Plywood, poster board, canvas and paint to create Photo Op “cut-out” Boards, InfoGraphic Posters and a Community Mural
  • Climate Change Interactive Installations
  • Paper leaves and pens for a blessing / prayer tree
  • Supplies for Keiki Corner activities
  • Compostable tableware for the Free Vegan Food samples tent
  • Veg Super Hero Costumes
  • ...and much more!

And, it’ll help fund gas, materials, and vegan food for musicians, speakers and chef presenters. Are you ready to help make Oahu’s first VegFest a success?  We bet you are!

Call for Festival Vendors

Photo: VegFest Vendor Tents
You shop at Down to Earth so we know you have good taste and care about making a difference in the world. If you’re a health, wellness, vegan-friendly, and/or green business owner we would be happy to showcase your products and services to our VegFest Oahu attendees.  Contact us about how to get booth space at Hawaii’s first ever festival celebrating plant-based, sustainable living.