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Farmers market re-opens in Leeward Oahu

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By Roger Mari bio | email

WAIANAE (KHNL) - Two organizations have teamed up to give Leeward residents a healthy choice in what they eat.

Closed for a month, the Waianae Farmers Market re-opened at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center by partnering with the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation.

"We're excited about moving here, moving closer so we could attract more of the Leeward Coast residents," said Brian Miyamoto of The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation.

It's the beginning of a campaign for better health on the leeward-side of Oahu.

"There's a high prevalence of obesity, diabetes and chronic diseases in Waianae. So, having local nutritious food is a great way for them to start changing the way that they eat," said Desiree Hikuroa of the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center.

The new location increases access to local, healthy food for the community. In return, Leeward residents are happy to help out local farmers.

"By supporting the vendors, we can support each other. There's only one way in so we can make the best of this," said Makaha Resident Bobby Nunies.

For residents who are on general assistance, the Waianae Farmers Market is the first to accept Electronic Benefits Transfer.

"They're making healthy food available to those who have E.B.T. benefits, so I'm especially grateful for that," said Waianae Resident Hoku Kalawa.

Hundreds came out to buy local products from 15 vendors. It's a good sign this farmers market will flourish in the weekends ahead.

The Waianae Farmers Market originally opened at the Makaha Resort but decided to move to a more populated area. The Market will be open from 8:30am to 12pm every Saturday.