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(Fri., Sept. 30, 2011)—Mayor Peter Carlisle participated this week in Kanu Hawaii’s “Eat Local Challenge,” which invites people to take action in support of a healthy, sustainable, secure local food system.


Carlisle agreed to eat only locally produced food for five days.


“Eating healthy, locally produced food is one way we can all help contribute to making Hawaii a better, more sustainable place,” said Carlisle, who will be available for media interviews.


Carlisle said the challenge led him to eat more locally grown fruits and vegetables, and provided more incentive to forgo less healthy, processed foods. Local eggs, cottage cheese and papaya proved to be especially tasty breakfast fare, he said. The challenge also prompted him to ask more questions at the grocery store and at restaurants, he said.


To take part in the Eat Local Challenge, Kanu Hawaii suggests making a commitment at .


A schedule of Eat Local Challenge events are detailed online at .


Kanu Hawaii is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to encourage and support environmental and social change. Its 14,000 members make individual commitments as simple as I will take shorter showers or I will buy local.  For more information, go to .




Media contact: Jim Fulton, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928.