Down to Earth store renovated

Down to Earth in Kahului will celebrate its “Grand Re-Opening” on Saturday, June 22 with cooking classes, health and nutrition lectures, music and food samplings.

The event marks the completion of the renovation and expansion of the store at 305 Dairy Road that created a total of 9,000 square feet of retail space with the conversion of 3,000 square feet of storage space.

“The bigger and renovated store has many new products and allows us to offer customers a substantially wider range of local, fresh, organic and natural products,” said Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth chief organic officer. “We more than doubled the size of the chill and frozen department, nearly doubled the size of the bulk food department, greatly improved our deli, and we expanded the wellness, grocery and produce departments.”

To improve energy efficiency, the store has installed “green” air conditioning and refrigeration and LED lighting systems, the company news release said.

The event is to begin with a traditional Hawaiian blessing at 9 a.m. The highlight of the day will be a live performance by Hawaiian music and reggae stars Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Sam Gonsalves at noon.

There also will be cooking classes by the Down to Earth Love Life! Community Outreach Team -smoothies at 10:30 a.m. and a cooking class at 4 p.m.

Dana Naylor, Maui health and nutrition coach, will give a lecture at 11 a.m. titled “Sugar Blues: Limiting Sugar in Your Diet.” Carmela Wolf, Down to Earth wellness manager, will discuss “Healthy Living: Making an Impact on Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Weight Naturally” at 2 p.m.

Down to Earth started in Wailuku more than 35 years ago. The Kahului location opened in 1997.

In addition to its Kahului store, the company has four locations on Oahu.