Where to Eat Vegan Food in Maui
Wondering where to eat vegan food in Maui? Well, don’t you worry! The beautiful Hawaiian Island has no shortage of vegan restaurants and food options to fuel your Maui adventures. I would recommend booking a vacation rental with a kitchen so you can prepare some meals at home, then getting out and enjoying what Maui has to offer the rest of the time. From the Road to Hana, Kihei, Lahaina and Paia, every corner of Maui has plenty of delicious and healthy plant-based options.
Where to Stay in Maui
Before we get into the vegan food in Maui, I would definitely suggest booking accommodations with a full kitchen. That’s what worked best for us anyways. Most days, we had two meals at our condo and one meal out. Maui prices are about what you’d expect for an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean so expect to pay a bit more than you would at home.
For us Canadians, it’s even more expensive with the exchange rate so we didn’t want to eat our three times a day and spend a fortune. If that works for you by all means go for it, there are certainly enough vegan options to eat out for all your meals.
We stayed in a vacation rental in North Kihei and loved it. We found that compared to Lahaina and Kaanapali, Kihei had better beaches, was more centrally located for access to the rest of Maui, was more relaxed and chill and was just generally more suited to our style ie. chill. Lahaina and Kaanapali is more resorts and upscale hotels but you will find plenty of restaurants there too.
Oh, and you’re going to want a vehicle. We rented a car for our entire stay and if you plan on doing lots of exploring you will defintely need one.
If you’re going with a vacation rental, I would suggest stocking your fridge and pantry when you get in so you have some simple options for breakfasts and lunch and dinner. Our favourite place to shop was Mana Foods in Paia but you’ll find major grocery stores throughout the island as well as natural foods stores such as Farmer’s Market Maui in Napali, Whole Foods in Kahului and Hawaiian Moons in Kehei.
We kept things really simple a didn’t mind eating the same meals a few times over to keep cost, effort and waste down. Less time in the kitchen, more time exploring Maui!
Best Natural Food Stores
- Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods in Kihei
- Farmer’s Market Maui in Ka’anapali
- Mana Foods in Paia (Favourite!)
- Down to Earth Organic and Natural in Kahului
- Whole Foods in Kahului
In addition, you’ll find Times Supermarket, Safeway and Foodland in various locations around the island. They’ll have all the basics. Also watch for road side fruit stands and farmer’s markets. There are a couple just as you drive into North Kihei and a big on the side of the highway just south of Lahaina along with a general store and juice stand.
- Lots of fruit, papaya, mango, banana, avocado etc.
- Non-dairy yogurt
- Avocado toast
- Almond butter toast
- Granola and non-dairy yogurt or milk
Lunch and Dinner Ideas
- Simple salads with greens, chopped veggies and dressing
- Field Roast sausages (we got buns and did BBQ’d “hot dogs”)
- Annie’s vegan Mac and cheese with broccoli
- Veggie stir-fry with tofu
- Avocado, hummus, tomato and lettuce sandwiches and wraps
Alright, so you’ve got your fridge stocked and you’re ready to get out and enjoy beautiful Maui while finding some vegan eats and treats on the road. Let’s get into the best options for vegan food in Maui.
Where to Eat Vegan Food in Maui
I’ve organized this list by area but Maui is small enough that pretty much everything is within driving range. While we were there, I grouped the places I wanted to try by location so we weren’t zig zagging around the island too much. I shared my Maui itinerary in this post so you can check that out to help plan your food and activity stops.
Maui has a number of vegan restaurants and options for vegan food are plenty at conventional establishments as well. You’ll also find Thai, Mexican and Indian restaurants with lots of plant-based options on the menu, if not with just a few simple requests.
There are tons of amazing, healthy options, everything for the most part was fresh and delicious and to be honest, we had so much run running around exploring Maui that the food wasn’t a huge focus on this trip. It was good and I enjoyed it but the beaches, sun, hikes, Road to Hana, jungle and waterfalls were a lot more fun!
Overall, eating vegan in Maui is a non-issue. I suppose it depends on what you like. If you’re going out to fancy restaurants or steak and seafood joints with your family, it’s going to be a little harder but if you’re keeping it chill and casual like we did, you won’t even have to think about it. If ya don’t feel like reading, you can watch it all in this little video I put together, otherwise, head on down to the list below! Happy travels![adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id=”5UHilyOH” upload-date=”2018-06-24T18:22:41.000Z” name=”Where to Eat Vegan Food in Maui” description=”Where to Eat Vegan Food in Maui”]
Lahaina and Ka’anapali (North West Maui)
Farmer’s Market Maui
This is a great little deli and grocery store located in Lahaina near Honokowai. They have grab and go options, smoothies, take out such as sandwiches and smoothies, a great selection of vegan groceries and drinks. Good for a quick breakfast, healthy takeaway lunch or dinner or picnic for the beach. Try the mock chicken sandwich!
Choice Health Bar
Choice Health Bar has multiple locations in Lahaina and is soon to open in Paia. I loved my meal there. You can expect healthy salads, kombucha, acai bowls, smoothies and grab and go options such as wraps and chia pudding. I had the healthy plate lunch and loved it. It came with a kale salad, lentil soup and even dessert! Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Loved this place. They have grab and go options such as wraps, chia pudding and juices and a full-menu of smoothies, acai bowls, sandwiches, curries, vegan treats such as croissants and raw cheesecakes, salads and buddha bowls. Lots of seating in a cute, comfortable and friendly environment. I had the soba noodle salad and a smoothie and they were both good. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Farmacy Health Bar
I went to the Farmacy Health Bar in Wailuku but they also have two locations in Lahaina. They have acai bowls, smoothies, sandwiches and healthy salads. Loved it. The one in Wailuku is more of a takeout place but they do have a bit of bar seating if you wanted to eat there. I had one of their salads and a smoothie and bowl were yummy. Their sandwiches looked awesome too. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You’ll find the Coconut Caboose truck on the side of the highway North of Napali. We stopped by on our way to check out Nakalele Point and area. Which, by the way, is an absolutely breathtaking drive that I definitely recommend taking. The small food truck offers amazing coconut gelato, shaved iced and other coconut treats. I had the plain coconut gelato and it was delicious.
Kahului and Paia (Central Maui)
Island Fresh Cafe
Island Fresh has a lovely, shaded patio just up the main road towards Makawao in Paia. I wasn’t too impressed with the $10 smoothie I had but they do have vegan food options and the patio is worth a stop if need a break from the sun. Good for coffee, breakfast, smoothies, lunch and dinner.
Pauia Bowls is a smoothie and acai bowl shop located in Paia. They’ve got a nice shaded patio where you can sit and enjoy your bowl. Find them on the left hand side just as you drive into town. Thre’s a public parkeing lot across the street where you can park and walk over. After enjoying your acai bowl, head over the Mana Foods to grab some vegan snacks and treats for the beach!
Down to Earth Organic and Natural
Down to Earth is a large natural foodo grocery store located in Kahului. They offer local organic produce, bulk foods, tons of vegan groceries as well as a deli with hot food (such as vegan pizza!) and cold salads. They also have juices, smoothies, vegan baked goods, kombucha, coffee, plenty to grab and go and a made-to-order sandwich menu. Good for groceries, smoothies, packing up a picnic or a grabbing a quick and healthy lunch or dinner.
Kuao Store is a small grocery store located at the just south of Paia. It conveniently opens at 6:30 am so you can grab a coffee and some snacks before heading out on your Hana adventure. We arrived at 6:30 on the dot for almond lattes and some vegan road trip snacks. I also picked up a papaya with cashew cream, coconut and cacao mins that was amazing. We got some chickpea chips and Evolved Eating chocolate and were ready to hit the road. They have snacks, grab and go options, sandwiches, a coffee bar, produce, juices and more.
Mana Foods is a must-stop for all things vegan grocery and actually their prices were much better than Safeway in Kihei or Lahaina. They have a great selection of vegan groceries as well as a deli with lots of takeaway options and a smoothie bar with smoothies and acai bowls. Good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, treats and groceries. I could have easily spent an hour in there just browsing all the fun vegan goods! Bonus: check out the huge selection of vegan cookies and treats at the end of the aisle near the tills. Hello, macadamia nut chocolate chip!
Mo-Ono Hawaii (Food Truck)
Delicious and reasonably priced acai bowls located in the food truck park near the airport in Kahului. Mo’Ono was my favourite acai bowl on Maui. You’ll only find one thing on the menu so you know they do it right! They serve up acai bowls in 3 sizes that you can get with with all the toppings or customize to suit your preference.
Thai Mee Up (Food Truck)
Thai Mee Up is also located in the food truck park near the airport in Kahului and it was the best Thai food I had in Maui. It was fast, reasonably priced and delicious after a big day of hiking. Bonus, it’s parked right across from Mo’Ono so you can have an acai bowl for dessert! I actually didn’t ask if they used fish sauce in the curry so make sure to check if you’re concerned. The only downside was the styrofoam containers. If I go back to Maui, I will bring my own containers around from the rental as lots of places seemed to use plastic, especially the acia bowl places.
Thai Spice is located in Paia and you can pretty much get anything on the menu made vegan. After eating at Thai Mee Up I wasn’t too impressed but it was okay and if you’re in a pinch, it’s a decent option. You’ll find the small cafe just south of the lights in Paia. They have some seating and also do takeaway.
Kehei (South West Maui)
Conveniently parked outside of Makena Crossfit so if you’re working out there like we did, a post-workout açai bowl is a must. You can order an acai or pitaya bowl and customize the toppings to your liking. $10 for a large bowl. YUM.
Hawaiian Moons Natural Food Store
Located in South Kihei, Hawaiian Moons offers groceries with lots of vegan options, a juice bar with juices, kombucha, smoothies and acai bowls, a deli featuring sandwiches, wraps and burgers and hot vegan dishes, as well as a salad bar and a coffee bar. Great stop for breakfast, coffee or a quick and healthy lunch or dinner.
Wow Wow Lemonade
If you’re looking for a smoothie or acai bowl in Kehei, Wow Wow Lemonade is a great choice. It’s located in the outdoor Azeka Mall and they have a full menu of smoothies, juices and bowls. Good for breakfast, snacks and dessert.
Joy’s Place is a cute little cafe located in central Kihei. It’s not vegan but they have a number of vegan options and most menu items can be made vegan. I enjoyed the ultimate veggie wrap with vegan pesto. They have all-day breakfast options, wraps, sandwiches and smoothies. Great for a healthy lunch or breakfast.
Veg-Out (Food Truck)
Veg-Out has two locations, a food truck in Kehei and a restaurants in Haiku. They serve vegan pizza, pad Thai, vegan desserts and a few other options. I really liked the pad Thai we got from the food truck in Kihei. It was large portion and enough to serve us both for dinner. We also had their vegan chocolate cake which was amazing
Road to Hana (East Maui)
Ready for the Road to Hana? No worries, there’s lots of vegan food options along the way and in Hana itself. If you’re in Maui and wondering if your should take on this day trip….DO IT. We had so much fun and while the road was a little stressful at times the scenery, beaches, jungles and waterfalls are so worth it. It was breathtaking.
You’ll find Jaw’s Cafe at the very start of the Hana Highway, quite close to Paia. They have coffee, wraps, sandwiches, cold drinks and a great picnic area.
Hana Harvest is located a little way’s after the Halfway to Hana mark. They have smoothies, coffee and snacks.
You’ll find Coconut Glens’ on the Road to Hana and in Hana itself with the other food trucks. Stop by for some delicious coconut ice cream! It’s really good!
The Surfing Burro (Food Truck)
I didn’t eat here but it’s located in the same food truck park as Ae’s Thai Food and they had a number of vegan Mexican options on the menu.
Ae’s Thai Kitchen (Food Truck)
We ate lunch here before making our way back from Hana, the food was really good and they have lots of vegan options. I had the drunken noodles with tofu.
More Vegan Food Options
The following restaurants also have vegan food options but I didn’t have a chance to try them out myself. Let me know if you do!
Maui Kombucha (Raw Vegan)
Located in Haiku
I really wanted to get here but we didn’t end up fitting it in. It’s located in Haiku which isn’t too far from Paia if you head towards Hana. It would be a good stop in to include if you were exploring Upcountry Maui or on yoru way back from Hana or Twin Falls. It’s about about a 40 minute drive from Kihei. If you are driving through Haiku, you can find them behind the post office.
They have their own kombucha, as you might guess, but they also have a full menu of raw vegan fusion cuisine. Their daily menu features raw and cooked vegan items including coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. Expect salads, flatbreads, wraps, pizza, lasagna and more.
Milagros (Vegan Options)
Located in Paia
Located on th emain stree in Paia, Milagros has a sign ourside reading Vegan and Vegetarian so I was intrigued. Turns out they serve Tex-Mex style food and vegan options include fajitas, soft shell tacos and a veggie burrito, hold the cheese. They also have a great patio so even i fyour’e not eating it’s a good place to stop for a drink.
Maui Flatbread Company (Vegan Options)
Located in Paia
They have salads and one vegan flatbread on the menu. It actually sounds really good, I wish I’d had time to try it! It features their organic tomato sauce, organic caramelized onions, mushrooms, fresh Haiku organic tomatoes, Maui local spinach and homemade garlic oil with our own blend of organic herbs.
Maia Tacos (Vegan Options)
6 Locations Around Maui
Maui Tacos is a fast-food restaurant that serves Mexican food with a twist of Hawaiian flavor. They have locations in Kehei, Lahaina, Kahului and more. They’re a section of “vegetarian favourites” on the menu that can all be made vegan. I’d probably get the burrito with black beans, rice, guacamole, greens and tomato, tacos or the vegetarian bowl with rice, black beans, potatoes, greens, tomatoes and chips. If you’re looking for a fairly healthy, quick lunch, I think that would make a pretty good choice!
Where to Get Acai Bowls in Maui
For your convenience, here are all the places you can find acai bowls in Maui because when in doubt, eat acai bowls!
- Brekkie Bowls (Kihei)
- Wow Wow Lemonade (Kihei)
- Hawaii Foods Natural Food Store (Kihei)
- Paia Bowls (Paia)
- Mana Foods (Paia)
- Mo-Ono Hawaii (Kahului)
- Down to Earth Organic and Natural (Kahului)
- Farmacy Health Bar (Wailuku, Lahaina)
- Choice Health Bar (Lahaina)
- Baya Bowls (Lahaina)
- Barefood Bar (Lahaina)
- A’A Roots (Kaanapali)