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Groceries Delivered To Your Door

Kauai

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David Russell and Keri Bierman came to Kauai a few years ago on vacation and found they had no food.

Their condo’s shelves and refrigerator were bare, and because it was late in the evening they did not want to shop for groceries. After moving to the Garden Island years later, they started Pono Foods to give visitors and residents a convenient way to shop without the hassle of going to a store.

The online business appeals to a wide range of clients: visitors who want food delivered while they are in an unfamiliar place; elderly and disabled patrons who have difficulty making it to stores; and local residents looking for out-of-stock items that Pono Foods can get.

At www.ponofoods.com, customers can choose from more than 4,000 items. Users submit a shopping list, which can be saved for future use, and schedule a delivery as early as the next day. Pono Foods is currently offering free delivery and will deliver to a condo or hotel in time for a visitor’s arrival.

Russell estimates there are 20 to 25 similar operations across the country, but most cater to college towns or dormitories. Pono Foods, as its name suggests, aims to run its business “the correct way, with great respect and honor for the people, culture and environment of Hawaii,” says Russell.

Logo: Courtesy Pono Foods

Russell and Bierman plan to expand to Maui this year.

 

 

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