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Foodland’s New ‘Musubi’ Reusable Eco Grocery Bag

I was in the Aina Haina Foodland Farms this past weekend doin’ some shopping, where there at the checkouts on impulse racks were these new Foodland Musubi Eco Reusable Grocery Bags. How cool is that?!!!  Way cool. Certainly one of, if not the most creative and unique eco bags custom-labeled by a retailer that I’ve seen yet.

As you see, the artist has given this whimsical, colorful and catchy illustrated bag design a blueprint theme, complete with measurement specifications and instructions on how to make the “perfect” Luncheon Meat (better known as SPAM) Musubi.

Both of the main sides of the bag have the same “FIG. 3-7 The Musubi*” design….

While on each of the two narrower folded sides of the bag, there’s other suggested local style musubi ideas. Here’s one side…

and here’s the other…

My favorite is that “low carb musubi” (no rice! lol) and the “broke da’ mouth” 6-tiered musubi. Wow! 6-slices of SPAM in one? Never seen that done before! I’ve never ever seen a double or triple-decker SPAM Musubi, let alone a “6-pack”!  I’m definitely going to make some of these, including that “manini” (super-small) musubi and blog it here later!

According to manufacturer Planet Earth Bag, here’s the official description and specifications of this Reusable Eco Grocery Bag:

Description
Our reusable grocery bag can be custom imprinted for almost any industry event because of it’s durability and long lasting properties. Don’t use it just for groceries, this eco friendly bag can be used for carrying nearly any product and its strength tested to what 3 plastic shopping bags can carry.

Size
•12″w x 8.5″g x 13.5″h
•Reinforced 20″ handles

Materials & Construction
•Premium non-woven polypropylene
•100% recyclable, recycle code # 5
•100% reusable, wash in cold water
and line dry
•Hemmed Opening
•Bottom stiffener insert

The price of this cool Musubi Eco GroceryBag at Foodland stores is $1.99 each Maikai member price ($2.49 non-member price).

Not surprisingly, there’s already people hawking them on eBay, where I can certainly see Hawaii expats and niche collectors who might be interested in this.

On that note, I personally have no use for this (new, unused) Foodland Musubi Eco Grocery Bag, as I already have a whole stack of reusable eco bags in my closet. So I was thinking of giving it away here to someone who’d appreciate it more by holding a contest of some sort, but I can’t think of what to do. Do you have any ideas for such a contest to win this bag? If so, please leave a comment or eMail me your suggestion! I do know one of the rules will be that entries will only be eligible if that person is currently NOT a Hawaii resident, for the simple reason that anyone living here can easily buy it themselves (Foodland has stores on all major Hawaiian islands).

What? ‘Musubi’ Reusable Eco Grocery Bag
Where did you buy it and how much did it cost? Foodland, $1.99 each Maikai member price
Big Shaka to: Very catchy, clean and whimsical illustrated design and color choices. Some clever, never heard of musubi ideas. Bag is well constructed with a non-porous, easy-to-clean exterior, along with a generous capacity to carry lots of groceries, including a gallon-size jug of milk.
No shaka to: n/a
The Tasty Island rating: 5 SPAM Musubi Eco Bags!

Related links:
Tulip vs. Treet vs. SPAM Musubi Showdown! – The Tasty Island
The Goteborg Musubi Project – The Tasty Island
Musubi Mania at Manabu’s – The Tasty Island
A Marukai Musubi Fest – The Tasty Island

56 thoughts on “Foodland’s New ‘Musubi’ Reusable Eco Grocery Bag

  • August 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm
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    oooh oooh. first time commenter, long time reader. ooh. how about most creative musubi or most “tasty island”-like musubi contest? soooooo want that bag.

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  • August 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm
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    Damn… was at the Ala Moana Foodland last week on the way back to Kwajalein and didn’t think to get a few bags! :( Perhaps I can convice some people I know going back to Hawai’i and see if they can snag me a couple!

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  • August 11, 2010 at 12:17 am
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    I like what santos said – how about a musubi fusion contest? Recipes for the best musubi representing another part of the country?

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  • August 11, 2010 at 6:01 am
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    So cute…I wish I had one. I lived on Oahu for a few years and would love to add the bag to my collection of Hawaii grocery bags (have 1 of Manoa and 1 from Foodland covered in Hawaiian words). Using the bags every week make being so far from Hawaii a little more bearable.

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  • August 11, 2010 at 8:25 am
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    How about a Oahu food photo contest from our fabulous Hawaiian vacations. A mini food blog, so to speak. You could judge it as only you can!!!

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  • August 11, 2010 at 10:44 am
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    Last year, I thought Foodland’s reuseable bag (same structure, but light yellow, with drawings of Hawaii-related food — musubi, lau lau, etc.) was so cool that I bought one.

    I love this new one so much, I’m going to buy two — one for me, and one as omiyage for a Texas-based, musubi-loving friend (who’s also going to get a can of Spam macadamias)!

    Unless they run out before I arrive on September 1 — in which case, I want in on your contest! : )

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  • August 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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    Pomai, cool shopping bags like other blogger said t-shirts to goes with is great. Now shopping tort bags is a fashion statement along with going green.

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  • August 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm
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    Your entry is cool – as usual, your hysterical and informative blog keeps me chuckling. But now – I want one! Maybe have to get one on EBay. They sure knock out the Trader Joe’s and Grocery Outlet Eco-bags outta the park! Thanks Pomai.

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  • August 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm
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    I second the “most creative” spam musubi idea.

    We had some friends from CA here this past week and they bought a couple of the bags to take back with them. I’m thinking of buying a few to give as gifts to my family and friends on the mainland.

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  • August 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm
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    I was in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago and bought some to take back to Ohio. I got one for my father in law who lives in Michigan because he and I are the only ones in the family who eat SPAM.

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  • August 12, 2010 at 12:25 am
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    FYI You get 5 cents off your Grocery bill when you bring in your recyclable bag and Also Foodland has a ‘It’s good to be green!’ stamp card where you use your Foodland reusable bag during each shopping visit and they stamp your ‘It’s good to be green!’ stamp card (1 stamp per visit not per bag). When you complete the card (10 stamps in all) you turn it in to receive a FREE bag of Back To Nature nuts (Select Varieties, 7.5-11.5 oz.) on your next visit. The card I got says it expires 12/31/10. You may need to ask for the card at checkout because when I bought my bag I did not get one and was told by the checkout clerk at another location that I was to receive a card when I purchased the bag.

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  • August 12, 2010 at 7:50 am
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    I live in New York now – but I emailed my momma and now I have 4 bags on their way to me. So effing excited!!!

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  • August 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm
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    Thanks so much for this review. My mom is going to the mainland next week so we went today to FoodLand Market City today and she bought twenty bags! Relatives on the mainland from Hawaii or that visit the islands will really appreciate this kind of gift. As usual good reviews!

    Thanks again!

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  • August 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm
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    Send it over here to the dirty Jersey! I can use it to hold my hair gel and spray on tan while I fist pump. Also it saves me 5 cents per bag I use and it’ll hold the gallons of milk my little girl loves to drink like water.. milky water.

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  • August 13, 2010 at 4:54 am
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    I had to laugh when I saw that Foodland had to use the phrase “luncheon meat” instead of what we surely all know should be “Spam.” I figured Hormel and Foodland weren’t able to reach an agreement on Foodland’s use of the word “Spam.” I am sure there were royalty discussions over use of the trademarked name. Maybe Hormel just never got back to Foodland in time. Too bad. But I think the fact that it does say “luncheon meat” instead of “Spam” makes it that much more of a collector’s item. Any insight as to the true reason?

    Aloha from Madison!

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  • August 13, 2010 at 6:26 am
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    I WANT ONE!!! No, I want TWO!!!! Do you think they will still be available in November, or will I have to throw myself on the mercy of family members to buy some and hold them for me until I get home???

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  • August 13, 2010 at 7:40 am
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    Alan, I contemplated the same thing about the whole Hormel involvement, and had actually written a whole paragraph on the subject in my initial draft, but ended up deleting it. In there, I had suggested that it may have been “un-PC” for Foodland to single out and “sell” one particular vendor (Hormel) out of the thousands they do business with. At least that’s one angle of it.

    DHL, “milky water” does not sound appetizing at all. lol

    milo, wow, 20 bags? True though, this is indeed a unique and very affordable “omiyage” for expat locals, and different than the usual box of Mac Chocolates.

    mayk, right-“effing”-on! lol

    Jen, wow, mahalo for all that info on the “It’s good to be green” stamp card. I don’t recall seeing any sign on the bag’s display rack that explained that, nor did the checkout person say anything about it or give me that card. 5 cents off my grocery bill sounds like hardly an incentive, but adding that up, 50 cents savings over 10 visits, plus a free bag of nuts is at least plausible.

    Eric, between you and many other folks here, we’ll be seeing Foodland’s Musubi Eco Bags running around stores in every state of the CONUS!

    Eric, indeed. Hats off to the artist and others involved in this design. That “Low Carb” Musubi is a riot! Ooooh, ooohhh! I know what they should do next! A PLATE LUNCH ECO BAG! So much material and creativity can go into that design as well. I already have some ideas!

    Kimba, we used to have a ‘Grocery Outlet’ store here on Oahu (it’s now Chuck E Cheese), but I’m not sure if was part of a chain from the mainland, as it was locally owned. They sold closeout and near-expiration date groceries at super-low, low, low prices. Most of the stuff was still consumable and tasted good, except foods in bags like cookies and snack chips were at the verge of being stale.

    Kelike, only problem with t-shirts is the need to make them in various sizes, which ends up being an inventory headache. That’d be cool, though!

    Debbie-m, I don’t recall ever seeing that “Hawaii Foods” Foodland Eco Bag you’re talking about. I’ll ask someone in Foodland about it next time I go in. I do know, at the rate folks are buying them just from comments on this blog, they just may run out of these Musubi bags! You better hurry!

    Paki, great suggestion! I like the idea of sharing everyone’s submitted food photos here upon announcing the winner.

    Megan, a Foodland Eco Bag covered in Hawaiian words? Sheesh, I must really not be noticing these things, or Foodland was hiding them from display in the store!

    Liz, a recipe contest for a musubi representing another part of the country (or world) is another great idea! Right here in Hawaii, we already have another variation called the Goteborg Musubi from the island of Kauai.

    Diner A, I think we’ve “wrapped that one up”. Wink, nudge. lol

    Chuck (and everyone else interested), I’ll ask the manager at Foodland how long they plan on selling this particular ‘Musubi’ eco bag design and get back to you on it. Need to find out if this is a “Limited quantities, while supplies last.” deal.

    kat, it is.

    santos, it’s funny to hear what encourages people (particularly long-time readers) to comment here. In your case, being of all things, a ‘Musubi’ Eco Bag. lol As for a “most creative musubi” contest, that could work. We’ll see.

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  • August 13, 2010 at 7:43 am
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    Eleki, I’ll find out from proper Foodland sources what the status of these bags are (limited quantities, while supplies last?), and get back to you on that.

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  • August 13, 2010 at 8:04 am
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    I’m getting nervous, I hope they last another 2-1/2 weeks until I can get there. Guess I know what my first stop will be once I arrive! Isn’t the Food Pantry on Kuhio owned by Foodland? Maybe I’ll try there before I hit Ala Moana …

    I did a search to see if I could find an image of the Hawaiian foods eco bag. Didn’t find one, but did find a blog on Foodland.com that talked about the new one (Go to their blog page and click on “Mele the Marketeer”.) Even in the comments there people are talking about buying them for mainland omiyage!

    (ETA: Hah! I just saw who left a comment!)

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  • August 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm
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    Pick me! Not coming over again til October and by that time all the eBay sellers will have snatched them up. Got the yellow one in May for myself and as omiyage for my friends. How about a trade for a Uwajimaya bag or Yelp metal lunchbox?

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  • August 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm
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    Just left Oahu last night on the red eye but thanks to you (and my brother) was at the Pearl City Foodland buying a Musubi bag (and some poke for said brother). I didn’t get the one you’re showing tho, but the zippered, padded, hot/cold variety. It’s currently selling 2/$5 or $3 this week with your Maika’i card, or $3.99 next week. I am the envy of all my mainland friends with my cool Foodland bags. Lol. I got the “Local favorites” either last year or the year before.

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  • August 14, 2010 at 5:46 am
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    Pomai, my cousins like the shopping bags so I mailed some them but now friends want also from San Francisco and asking for t-shirts too.

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  • August 14, 2010 at 5:46 am
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    Pomai, my cousins like the shopping bags so I mailed some to them but now friends want also from San Francisco and asking for t-shirts too.

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  • August 14, 2010 at 9:06 am
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    How about a contest about guessing how many cans of SPAM would fit in that bag? Of course, we would leave the “packing” up to you! :-) Sounds like a great omiyage!

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  • August 14, 2010 at 9:26 am
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    Alyce, I actually had thought of doing that, but figured it would be easy to calculate (for folks who are savvy at math), based on the dimensions of the bag given. Made even easier that a SPAM can is “brick” shaped. I could “throw off” the formula by putting cans of SPAM in it in a jumbled (not neatly-stacked) fashion.

    Amy, and everyone else here who’s asking:

    I got a response eMail yesterday from Juliette Garcia, the Community Relations Spokesperson for Foodland, and she confirmed this ‘Musubi’ Eco Bag is indeed a LIMITED EDITION item that is no longer in production. Once supplies run out of what’s currently available in all their stores, that’s it. No more. “Limited quantities, while supplies last”. So any of you who want this bag better call your “Hawaii connection” quick and get some before they’re all gone! Especially at the rate people just here on this blog are doing!

    Dina, thanks for the tip on the ‘Musubi’ insulated cooler bag! I’ll look for it today when I go to Foodland. I’ll add that one to a future contest.

    Once again, this a LIMITED EDITION (while supplies last) item, so get your Foodland ‘Musubi’ Eco Bag while it’s HOT!

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  • August 15, 2010 at 6:03 am
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    Pomai, if Foodland do not want to sell t-shirts of design the only way for people to make it themselves. Photocopy design and print it on t-shirt printing paper by Hane on photocopy machine at home . Iron on to WHITE t-shirt and highlight it with fabric markers and fabric paint. That how you get own special design t-shirt.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 6:12 am
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    Pomai, there is a copy store in Hawaii Kai called Copy Shop Inc. and does all kind of printing tee shirts, posters,ect. Kinko in mainland does it also from coffee mugs huge blow up of photo and designs and tee shirts printing too. Take it there and see how great your own tee shirt design.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 6:53 am
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    Wow that a great ideal for me to make a coffee mug and inform my cousins in San Francisco of going to Kinko to have it done there for t-shirts and coffee mugs.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 8:21 am
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    Sally, Patty and Amy, so I take it you folks are going to save the images of the ‘Musubi’ eco bag I provided here and use it to make your own stuff. Which of course must involve copyright issues, although interestingly, there’s no Copyright tag anywhere on the bag itself.

    Dina, I found the insulated ‘Musubi’ Cooler Bag back at the Aina Haina location yesterday and bought a couple. They were $3 each Maikai price.

    According to the cashier, sales of these ‘Musubi’ Bags are brisk.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 9:13 am
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    There copyright if it just for own uses not for sale so I will also make a coffee mug and for a hat for myself only.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 9:30 am
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    Pomai, copyright apply to those who use it for business not home and own use in wearing other things. If I made it and sold at flea market that illegal but just for me to wear and use it OK. I see many will just for own uses out there so Don’t Worry. Copy Shop Inc. in Hawaii Kai is soon going to be very busy.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 10:22 am
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    My son like the ideal of a cap with design and coffee mug and tee shirt just for own to wear not to sell. It very legal in it since it not for business. Copy Shop Inc. digital machines great in reducing the size of design for small project or enlarging it for posters.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 11:46 am
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    Copy Shop Inc. will not be in trouble for they just do photo copy for customers so it OK for them to photo copy what ever design projects for people. Customers bring own design in for them. Copyright apply only to those trying sell it design for own business.

    It Copy Shop Inc. service to just photo copy what customers bring shop to be done.

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  • August 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm
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    I would love to win one… oh, how I miss home so much!!! Pretty please? Thank you for offering the giveaway.

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  • August 16, 2010 at 5:01 am
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    Pomai: Just returned from 3 weeks on Oahu & Kauai. Saw these musubi bags in the Foodland in Hanalei and had to have one. So did my daughter and daughter-in-law #1. Daughter-in-law #2 bought 5 of them! Wish I had known that they had an insulated version as I would have gotten one of those! Knowing these are now out of production makes them even more special. I also got the ABC stores bag, Whole Foods bag with picture of Diamond Head and other Hawaii images and even a Target bag with flowers all over and, of course, the Target logo!

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  • August 16, 2010 at 7:33 am
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    According to a clerk at the Wahiawa Foodland, they sold an insulated lunchbag with the same musubi design. It sold out and she wasn’t sure if they will return to the store. How did we miss that?

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  • August 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm
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    What would do is to photo copy the design and cut it out for do not want the blue background for project. I could also arrange it any way I want to interest me. The coffee mug and tee shirt and cap is what I want to make.

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  • August 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm
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    Whoot! My mom found a couple at the Ala’s Foodland and is sending them to me!

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  • August 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm
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    I like try win da bag if get contest

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  • August 17, 2010 at 2:24 am
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    Those are SO adorable! Wish I could buy them here! Great as just a bag holding all my stuff!

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  • August 17, 2010 at 11:23 am
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    Hi Pomai, great review of the bag! My idea for a giveaway would be for the best haiku on the subject of reusing and recycling. Bring it on!!

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  • August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm
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    If I may be so bold to say, I think it would be more in the spirit of this fine blog to make it best haiku on the subject of musubi!

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  • August 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm
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    Debbie-chan, I’ll up-you one further on that and say make it best haiku on the subject of SPAM Musubi!

    Clarissa! Glad to see you stop by! Baby’s so cute (looks like daddy) and your blog is a riot! Great, great idea on the Haiku contest. Now we just need to figure out whether it should be about reusing and recycling or (SPAM?) musubi. Musubi sounds more fun, but of course recycling is more responsible and sends a stronger message.

    djmitcho, k, shoots den, going happen soon.

    debra, “Ala’s” lol. Only one local would know where “Ala’s” Foodland is located. Why, where you live? “Mak’s”? I stay “Waik’s”. lol

    Erica, you’re giving me a good idea on a side business.

    Momona, I just posted a complete review of the insulated Hot Cold ‘Musubi’ Bag. See the most current post as of this writing.

    Linda, I’ll have to check out that Whole Foods ‘Diamond Head’ theme bag you’re talking about. Another favorite logo apparel I like is anything with the Hawaiian Air logo. That’s arguably one of the most recognized local logos in the state (both the older one and the newer “Brooke Lee” design).

    Nancy, contest coming soon!

    Gina, Richard, Aaron and Kimo, imagine looking for these bags online on eBay 10 years later, and the seller assures potential bidders/buyers in a caption stating, “These are authentic Foodland Musubi Bags, NOT KNOCK-OFFS”. lol

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  • August 18, 2010 at 6:01 am
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    Pomai, you’re the best!

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  • August 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm
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    Pomai – Had plenty eco musubi bags at the Foodland at the Mililani Shopping Center today.

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  • August 20, 2010 at 5:35 am
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    So I live in the State but I love reading your blog. As soon as I saw the Foodland’s New ‘Musubi’ Hot Cold Bag I fell in love with it. I emailed foodland (that obviously I dont have close to me ) and asked if they were able to sell me one online. Unfortunately the said no. I guess that I will have to continue to come to your blog to admire what I think is the coolest reusable bags.

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  • August 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm
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    Damaris, and anyone else out there who REALLY wants either the Foodland ‘Musubi’ Eco Shopping Bag(s) and/or Hot Cold Bag(s), I tell you what: the first 10 people who email me a request to send them to you, I’ll do you the favor of buying them for you and shipping it. I’ll charge you the cost of the bag, plus shipping (the honest, exact cost) plus a $2 flat handling fee (to pay for my time and gas to do that). Otherwise you’ll pay a higher price on eBay:

    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=musubi+bag&_sacat=See-All-Categories

    For a limited time, while supplies of course!

    Nate, at the rate I see them being added for sale on eBay, looks like we’re going to have hoarders out there wiping ’em out.

    Momona, mahalo.

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  • August 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm
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    Wow, what a fella! So nice to your devoted readers …

    A friend’s mom, who lives in Honolulu, is supposed to get some for us, which I’ll pick up from her when I’m there. But if I hadn’t have worked that out (and *hopefully* it’s worked out), you bet I’d have taken you up on it.

    Above and beyond the call of blogging!

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  • August 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm
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    Aloha Pomai,
    If you haven’t reached 10 people yet- I would like some bags. What’s your email address?

    Mahalo nui loa

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  • August 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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    Heidi, reach me at:
    pomai (at) tastyislandhawaii (dot) com

    Debbie-chan, no worries and no rush, I’ll make room to accommodate you if need be. :-)

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  • July 13, 2011 at 10:53 am
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    Would like to purchase 18 bags if possible. Where can one order them?

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  • October 18, 2011 at 1:42 am
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    Oh I would love one or two !!! :-)

    Love, Aloha & Blessings to you from Kentucky !!!

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  • November 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm
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    Hello, do you want to import some eco-friendly bags from China? We are a manufacturer of this field in China, covering many kinds of bags, such as: cooler bags, lunch bags, wine bags, and etc. our products are cheap and with top quality.
    Why not have a try?

    Waiting for you.

    Best regards,
    Alon

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