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Kokua Market struggles to stay afloat

  • Video courtesy Nedra Manson

    Kokua Market claims that its parking lot was flooded during a heavy rain storm in September and October and that the cause was stormwater runoff from a new apartment tower next door called Hale Mahana. The private road between the tower and the market has no storm drains and is owned by the landlord of Kokua Market, The Malulani Group. Some of the stormwater is shown exiting from drain pipes coming out of the Hale Mahana tower.


    Kokua Market natural foods co-op store claims tower construction has hurt business since July, though new competition from Whole Foods and Down to Earth also could be factors. Jesse Cohen, manager, stands fronting the store near the South King Street entry.

Kokua Market needs some kokua. The natural foods store and cooperative in Moiliili is seeking help after suffering financial difficulties in recent months largely attributed to disruptions from a new neighboring property owner. Read more

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