KTA Super Stores in Waimea is the first supermarket in the state of Hawaii to become Blue Zone approved.

The Blue Zones Project is a community-based effort to improve the health and well-being of “where we live, learn, work and play.” The initiative was launched in Hawaii 10 months ago to make healthy choices easier for residents of the state. It was brought to Hawaii as part of a partnership between HMSA and Blue Zones Project by Healthways.

KTA joins other state businesses and organizations to become Blue Zones approved, including: Big City Diner in Kailua, Castle Medical Center, Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary public school and Parker School, a private school.

Memebers of the KTA Super Stores’ team, including Barry Taniguchi, KTA chairman and CEO; Toby Taniguchi, COO; Richard Chinen, VP of store operations; and Colin Miura, Wailmea GM, will attend a recognition ceremony this weekend to accept their company’s Blue Zone designation.