Here on Maui, we have an abundance of local treasures, both visual...and edible. When you’re not going to Haiku yoga or Ho’okipa, you can bask in some of the most exotic and rich locally-grown eateries, all over the island. From the Westside of Lahaina to Eastside Hana, there are many local companies that strive to bring a natural wellness and quality to one’s life.
Lahaina: Choice Health Bar (westside favorite)
Voted best Vegetarian and Healthy Choices in 2012, 2013, and 2014, Choice Health Bar is the trendiest way get in your superfoods after a long day of surfing along the Lahaina coast. Set in a quaint, living-room style shop, Choice has all you need from their honey-drenched acai bowls, raw entrees, to personalized juice cleanses. (Plus, their brand new dinner sushi bar!)
“We hand-select the finest organic produce grown on Maui’s family farms to help create a sustainable future.”
Wailuku: The Farmacy (conveniently located)
Centrally located, The Farmacy is the best quick stop to your all-vegan lunch hour, sprinkled with some friendly aloha! What used to be a rundown shoe shop is now a bustling restaurant that started with one man making a menu with his mother in mind. From their Wai Side acai bowl served with poi from Waikapu, $8 all-alkaline smoothies, and Farmacy Club Sandwich, they have nailed what it means to be a genuine “local spot”.
“Let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food”
Kihei: Hawaiian Moons Natural Food (local)
Hawaiian Moons is a south side favorite for those health nuts on-the-go and headed for the beach! They top their service off with having a variety of groceries from organic eggs, soap, coffee, vitamins, herbs, and gluten/wheat free items. With their famous all-day salad bar and organic groceries, Hawaiian Moons has been serving an abundance of locals and their keiki since 1994, giving them their ono’ healthy fix for the day. Before you go in and try their organic fruit ice cream, go online and print out their $1 off any Salad or Hot Bar item!
“For the Natural Rhythms of Life”
Hana: Hāna Fresh (natural)
Hāna Fresh takes sustainability to a whole new level, distinguishing their community by combining nutritious eating with self-sufficiency. With their 7-acre local organic farm, Hāna Fresh brings their All-Day menu straight from their backyard. When you are sipping in the goodness of their Hāna Bay Sunrise juice blend, (which features ginger, celery, carrot, apples, and oranges), and Chunky Monkey Fruit Bowl (made up of yogurt, berries, banana, Mac nuts, and coconut), you are one step closer to getting the ultimate Hāna experience. Your last step is to stop at the beautiful, crystal-clear waters of Hāmoa Bay!
“Today, Hāna Fresh is a 7-acre certified organic farm growing over 100 varieties of gourmet quality vegetables, fruits, herbs, and traditional Hawaiian food and medicine crops.”
Haiku: Maui Kombucha (popular)
Haiku is already known for it’s secret serene waterfalls and lush forest hikes. But, hidden away in it’s little town is Maui’s original and largest brewery of Kombucha, this trendy bar-stop has some of the greatest non-GMO, local, and organic prepared foods to offer! New to Kombucha or looking for something more familiar? Their cold-pressed coffee and Chai Teas dance on your taste buds! Gathering their ingredients from farms all over the island, Maui Kombucha supports the community and your wish to fuel your body with the most affordable and delicious vegan delicacies. Check out their facebook page for a full menu!
“We must warn you, that our food is so mind-blowingly good and good for you, you may experience difficulty eating anywhere else!”
Paia: Maka By Mana (freshest)
Maka By Mana is an elegant all-vegan restaurant created by it’s sister grocery store, Mana Foods, located right down the street in the original surfer’s town, Paia. If you are looking to try out the vegan lifestyle, Maka By Mana, is the best place to get a feel for a huge delicious and comforting menu. Surrounded by relaxing white walls and local artwork, Maka By Mana serves the most satisfying meals from their Coconut Kefir Ice Cream (made with probiotic-rich coconut kefir), Teri Coco Sandwich (House-cured teriyaki coconut and a toasted coconut slaw served on warm artisan waffle bread with tomato and shredded cabbage), and yes, they pack in their acai bowls with delicious fruits and Maui honey! These friendly Paia folk don’t let you go parched while chowing down, their variety of organic-pressed coffees, juices, and smoothies make the best beverage. If you’re looking for a quick stop, get it to-go and head down to Ho’okipa to watch some of Maui’s best surfers!
“Maka by Mana strives to offer the healthiest, purest food that provides nourishment, wellness, and longevity.”
Makawao: Market Fresh Bistro (upcountry favorite)
If you have been to Makawao town you know that there is nothing more quaint and romantic than this little gem at night. Looking for a restaurant the whole family can enjoy- organic lover or not? Market Fresh Bistro gathers every ingredient from local farms on Maui and creates a menu that appeals to everyone, including the little keiki who need all their flavor. While strengthening the local economy and satisfying the tummies of everyone in the ohana, Market Fresh Bistro is the freshest of fresh.
“The philosophy of Market Fresh Bistro is Global influence… Local ingredients.”