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Old 12-10-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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I know it's been asked over and over again, but for those who are still interested here's some snapshots I took today at FoodLand in Makawao, Maui. Bear in mind that FoodLand is one of the more expensive supermarkets here in Maui. Didn't know what to snap beyond milk and bread so I just took a bunch, excuse the quality. Cropping and compressing the pics reduced the price tag readability.

Taters
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries01.jpg (broken link)

Tuna. The ones for $3 on the bottom are 2 for $3
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries02.jpg (broken link)

Liquor
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries03.jpg (broken link)

http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries04.jpg (broken link)
Bag o Salad
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries05.jpg (broken link)

Cans o soup
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries06.jpg (broken link)

Kidney Stone Drinks - the ones with the blurry text before the price are "2 for"
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries07.jpg (broken link)

Bread. There's generic loaves not pictures for $2.50
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries08.jpg (broken link)

Brawck!
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries09.jpg (broken link)

Cow Juice
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries10.jpg (broken link)

Orange Juice
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries11.jpg (broken link)

Eggs - bottom ones are "2 for"
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Ground Cow, per pound
http://rkgebbia.com/images/city-data/groceries13.jpg (broken link)

Frozen Stuff
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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What did the store clerks think while you were wandering around taking pictures?

We rarely shop at Foodland even though they gave us some 10% off discount coupons awhile back. Went to Costco today and the prices have about doubled on the usual stuff we buy. Case of canned vegetables we used to get for $3.35 is now $6.59. Bricks of cheese went from $3.85 a brick to $5.85. All across the boards, the prices are up.

I've ordered a grain grinder, we aren't going to buy flour anymore, we will be buying fifty pound bags of whole grain. Next step is to grow the stuff.

We did get three pounds of roasted peanuts at Costco for less than $6 so we can grind those and get peanut butter.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:28 PM
 
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Foodland is in Pukalani, not Makawao. I know it may be suprising, but you can probably get better deals at the Pukalani Superette. Foodland, Safeway, Star, all have that special "card" that you apply for, and it gives you a discount. I think the implication there is that if you don't have the "card', Maikai card at Foodland, you're actually being overcharged. Went shopping at Foodland the other day, I think it now works out to about twenty bucks a bag, and the bags are kind of smaller than they were 5 years ago.

Aloha and okolemaluna, must be cold in Makawao tonight!!!!
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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What did the store clerks think while you were wandering around taking pictures?
Honestly, I don't think anyone even noticed that I was taking pictures. Maybe it's just me, but whenever I'm in there it seems most of the shoppers go out of their way to ignore each other. Almost no eye-contact, greetings, nuthin'. They're usually not rude, just not interested in what anyone else is doing.


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Foodland is in Pukalani, not Makawao.
Thanks for that distinction. Most of the online mapping systems and GPS maps I use won't find Pukalani addresses unless I punch in Makawao. Weird.
I've been meaning to check out the Pukalani Superette, I pass it every time I go to FoodLand, I just haven't yet stopped.

Don't know about Makawao, but here in Haiku it feels like it's going to be a nice, comfortably cool night.

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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What did the store clerks think while you were wandering around taking pictures?

We rarely shop at Foodland even though they gave us some 10% off discount coupons awhile back. Went to Costco today and the prices have about doubled on the usual stuff we buy. Case of canned vegetables we used to get for $3.35 is now $6.59. Bricks of cheese went from $3.85 a brick to $5.85. All across the boards, the prices are up.

I've ordered a grain grinder, we aren't going to buy flour anymore, we will be buying fifty pound bags of whole grain. Next step is to grow the stuff.

We did get three pounds of roasted peanuts at Costco for less than $6 so we can grind those and get peanut butter.
Hey Hotzcatz.... have enjoyed your posts.

We grind our own flour here in Oregon, what's a bag of Hard Red Wheat go for in Maui? Or do you order it from the mainland?

freedom
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:09 AM
 
Location: not sure, but there's a hell of a lot of water around here!
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I haven't been upcountry in a long time, let alone Haiku. Is there still that little store out there around 5 corners with the "red" hotdogs, you buy em at the counter?? Practically lived on those when I was working on homes out in Haiku. Pukalani Superette does have some great plate lunches and pre-cooked items for the lazy, (that would be me, on Hwaiian time 20/4). As far as where Pukalani ends and Makawao begins, just find an old time Portagee fellow, ask him, but be prepared for a looooonnngggg answer.

Aloha and okolemaluna
BTW, don't think you're allowed to show pictures of "Breasts", on this website
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Hilo, hi
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Can you get resident discount cards because i really don't know how residents can shop in these stores with prices like these. How do they stay in business because i sure would find other means or just go without some of those items. Cans of soup for 4 dollars and milk for ten what type of milk is that because i only drink skim so it would suck if its going to be that much. Thanks for the pics because we will be there in three weeks. Oh and i never really looked at prices when we went on holiday over on Maui.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Hey Hotzcatz.... have enjoyed your posts.

We grind our own flour here in Oregon, what's a bag of Hard Red Wheat go for in Maui? Or do you order it from the mainland?

freedom
I'm on ka Moku Nui (Big Island) instead of Maui. This island is a bit more rural although both islands are rather provincial. Maui is more upscale than my island although they both have less population than Oahu and have less products and services available.

Finding grain is still in the exploration stages. I did pick up fifty pounds of "recleaned" wheat - color unspecified - at the feed store for $18. Still have to open the bag and see if it is clean enough for people food or if the chickens will end up eating it.

I'll go check the online company Azure Standard later today to see what they have available. Their wheat is people food wheat and we order with a co-op so the shipping isn't too bad.

What type of grain do you grind? Is hard red wheat the best for bread?

With the prices at the grocery on any island, we looking for all sorts of ways to not have to buy stuff from them. The prices seem to be a bit cheaper on Oahu for stuff from the grocery stores, but their housing costs are higher.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Thanks for posting these photos. What a wonderful idea. We're heading over on Saturday.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Can you get resident discount cards because i really don't know how residents can shop in these stores with prices like these. How do they stay in business because i sure would find other means or just go without some of those items. Cans of soup for 4 dollars and milk for ten what type of milk is that because i only drink skim so it would suck if its going to be that much. Thanks for the pics because we will be there in three weeks. Oh and i never really looked at prices when we went on holiday over on Maui.
Guess they stay in business selling stuff to tourists who don't look at the prices?

You can get a discount card by just going to the service window and asking for one, you don't have to be a resident. Folks do go without a lot of these items because canned soup is mainland food. There are much less expensive things to eat but they may not be what you are used to. Milk imported from the mainland is about ten dollars a gallon. There are two dairies left in the state, but both of them are on ka Moku Nui (Big Island) so it might be more expensive after it is shipped to Maui. Local milk is about $6 a gallon. Safeway has mainland milk about that price, too, I think but I don't shop there much. It is hard to read the price tag on the milk, but that may have been "2/$10.00" since there is some sort of small print in front of the large $10. Sometimes you can get discounts if you buy two. Many times you get the discount even if you just buy one.

After folks get settled in, they find less expensive ways to eat and the most economical places to shop. I think some of the high grocery prices at some stores are because they have a lot of tourists who shop there. Folks who are visiting don't care to spend the time to find deals, grumble a bit, but then pay the higher prices since it is a one time thing and they won't have to shop there again.
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