HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I (May 4, 2012) Visitors from Japan whose sights are set on Hawaiʻi can bring back the perfect omiyage gifts for friends, families and colleagues back at home in Japan with a selection of popular products from Whole Foods Market.  At Whole Foods Market’s Kāhala and new Kailua store, an abundance of local, organic and made-in-Hawaiʻi products line the shelves, for the ultimate selection of omiyage to choose from.

“Whether it's pancake mix for family or special local honeys for coworkers, Whole Foods Market has the perfect omiyage for your loved ones back home,” said Dabney Gough, marketing supervisor at Whole Foods Market Kailua. “We have been extremely fortunate for the strong support Japan visitors have shown for our stores and products.”

Some of Whole Foods Market Kāhala’s most popular omiyage items include:

365 Everyday Value® Organic Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix, $4.99

This tasty mix is the perfect combination of organic ingredients for a healthy stack of flapjacks or morning waffles and an excellent source of fiber that the whole family will love. Additionally, Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® brand is exclusive to Whole Foods Market stores and were created to offer great value with high quality standards.

Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey, $22.99

Produced by Volcano Island Honey Company, LLC, Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey is a product unlike any other. Quoted by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine as “some of the best honey in the entire world,” the company maintains this reputation with the honey’s highly unique taste, texture and color. Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey is an unheated raw honey, and offers a naturally thick, soft, and smooth texture.

Filthy Farmgirl Soaps, $7.99

More than just an eye catching name, Filthy Farmgirl Soaps has customers’ heads turning to take a closer look with its vintage-style packages and 100 percent all-natural, “no yucky stuff” soaps. Boasting more than 69 different scents, these handmade soaps from Hawaiʻi are the perfect omiyage to bring home to family and friends for a hearty chuckle and Hawaiian souvenir. A few of the most popular scents offered at Whole Foods Market include Filthy Hula Girl, Filthy Surfer and Über Super Duper Aloha.

John Masters Organics Haircare, Citrus and Neroli Detangler, $25.99

Made with 17 certified-organic ingredients, John Masters’ lightweight, dynamic hair products can be rinsed out, used as leave-in conditioner or as a detangler. Rich in natural soy proteins, borage oil and wheat amino acids, the citrus and neroli detangler helps to restore strength and shine to give hair a thicker, fuller look. John Masters Organics products are celebrated for their quality ingredients and cruelty free testing. Because the product is difficult to find and costly in Japan, shoppers can take advantage of scooping up and stocking up on this product at a savings!

NOH Poke Mix (sold only at Kāhala store), $3.99

Japan visitors can share the aloha spirit with their ʻohana back home by adding a packet of NOH Poke Mix to their omiyage list. Poke is a local favorite, and means to “slice or cut into pieces.” Cubes of raw seafood are sliced and mixed with sauces, seasonings and bits of vegetables. The NOH Poke Mix is sold is sold only at Whole Foods Market Kāhala and is a convenient package filled with all the ingredients needed to make the perfect batch of poke, including Hawaiian salt, ogo, or seaweed, and chili pepper.

Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee, 100% Kaʻu Coffee, $47.99 per pound

Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee farms, mills and roasts 100 island coffees in Kaʻu, on Hawaiʻi Island. The company has been recognized as the Grand Champion of the Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Competition in 2010 and 2011, where its rich, dark roasts with hints of floral flavors, has won over judges and coffee lovers alike. Shoppers can take home a pound — or five — of this award-winning brew and share the bold taste and flavor of Hawai‘i as a special gift with coworkers or neighbors.

Whole Foods Market Kāhala is proud to sell all natural, organic foods and products to its customers, with a strong emphasis on offering local products whenever possible. Whole Foods Market currently offers three stores in Hawai‘i including:

Whole Foods Market Kāhala is located in the Kāhala Mall at 4211 Wai‘alae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816 and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information regarding Whole Foods Market Kāhala, please visit http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/honolulu or call (808) 738-0820.

Whole Foods Market Kailua is located in the Kailua Town Center at 629 Kailua Road, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96734 and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information regarding Whole Foods Market Kailua, please visit http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/kailua or call (808) 263-6800.

Whole Foods Market Kahului is located in the Maui Mall at 70 East Ka‘ahumanu Avenue, Maui, Hawai‘i 96732 and is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information regarding Whole Foods Market Kahului, please visit http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/maui or call (808) 872-3310.