Top 10 Maui Made Products

On Maui, we believe in supporting local businesses and products. There are so many talented people in Hawaii making quality items, from surf boards to jewelry to beer, and we hope you’ll help support our local entrepreneurs by spreading the word about these amazing Maui made products!

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Maui features some incredible things made right on the island. These quality products created using local resources are getting noticed—and for a good reason!

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Ali'i Kula Lavender

In Upcountry Maui on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano, the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is doing big business. With 45 varieties of lavender and approximately 55,000 lavender plants, Creator and Horticultural Master, Ali’i Chang, turned a garden into a work of art.

With a strong belief in living “aloha” and using sustainable practices, AKL creates products that give joy, rejuvenation, comfort and serenity. On your next visit to Maui, head 4,000 feet above sea level to the town of Kula, where you can choose from a variety of activities, including lavender farm walking tours, cart tours, treasure hunts, a gourmet picnic lunch and even craft classes. AKL has created a wonderful line of Maui made products, including Organic Lavender Honey Scrub, Lavender Rose Soap, Lavender Amber Perfume, Organic Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner, Lavender Scone Mix, Lavender Strawberry Peppermint Jam, Lavender Fudge Sauce and more.


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Donut Dynamite

Donut Dynamite is a specialty donut shop in Wailuku. They feature exceptionally delicious and unique donuts made fresh from scratch daily. This is not your ordinary donut, it’s pure art. They are seriously beautiful, and it taste as good as they look.

The owner, Madam Donut, develops each donut base specifically for its flavor and whenever possible, with fresh local ingredients. Her mission is to make sure everyone has access to enjoy gourmet flavors through her donuts. Exclusive flavors include lilikoi caramel meringue, honey goat cheese walnut, Molokai sweet potato and mango poi. Flavors are written on a chalkboard, and upon visit, you’ll see that it’s really hard to decide on just one. No wonder why donuts come by the dozen!

Madame Donut is also serving up some exceptional malasadas with flavors like lilikoi and PBJ. She also makes a super tasty apple fritter. The menu changes daily, but you can call to require specific flavors of the day, or if you have a favorite you can preorder a minimum of a dozen, maximum 3 dozen. Just make sure to give them at least two days in advanced and they are happy to oblige.

When we visited they were offering a pizza donut that was called the “Brekkie Bun.” It was a delicious combo of house made marinara, pepperoni, olives, garlic, basil, oven dried tomatoes and mozzarella and Pecorino Cheese. The best part is that it’s baked with a whole egg in the middle, amazing!


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Maui Brewing Company

If you haven’t yet held a Maui Brewing Company beer can while watching a Maui sunset, add it to the bucket list. Made on Maui since 2005, Maui Brewing Company makes an assortment of handcrafted ales and lagers, all “brewed with aloha.” Their local brewpub uses as many local ingredients as possible, down to the ketchup and mustard, and infuses many of their food items with, you guessed it, beer.

They even recycle their spent grain by giving it to local farmers for feed and compost in efforts to contribute to local sustainability. Guests of the Brewpub and Brewery can choose from the classics like Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Porter and huge variety of seasonal favorites. Stop by their tasting room/brewpub in Kihei or West Maui. Or, take a Brewery Tour for the full experience.

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Maui Vera

Maui Vera is an organic spa quality aloe product that provides natural sunburn relief. This special Hawaiian formula is made mostly from aloe, noni and peppermint. Aloe is used for its ability to moisture the skin while noni has been used by Polynesians for over 2,000 years for vitality through natural hydration and regeneration of healthy cells. Peppermint is used for pain relief and high vitamin A and C content. These ingredients combined together help to restore damaged skin back to health and balance.

Founder Dave McCord started with a mission to heal people using ingredients from nature. He joined forces with Abe and Gary McCallum. As cofounders, they all worked together to bring their formulated organic product to the public, so that many others could benefit from the sunburn healing properties. You can find Maui Vera in many spas and retailers scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands. It can also be purchased on Amazon. We guarantee that once you use this amazing formula on a sun burn, it will become a staple in you summer skincare routine.


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Maui’s Wine

Located in Upcountry Maui on the beautiful Ulupalakua Ranch, Maui Wine (once known as Tedeschi Vineyard’s) is Maui’s only winery. Using fresh produce like Maui Gold Pineapples and fabulous grape varietals, enjoy flavors that are grown on the rich volcanic soil of Haleakala.

Maui Wine produces a variety of wines like Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Malbec, and Viognier, along with Sparkling, Pineapple, Grape and Raspberry Dessert Wine. Attracting more than 180,000 visitors per year, a trip to the tasting room is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in paradise. Complimentary wine tasting is held every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and free guided walking tours are usually given daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Wine is available for purchase online as well as an assortment of related products.


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Ocean Vodka

If you didn’t know Maui was home to its own local vodka distillery, now you do. Located in Upcountry Maui, the Ocean Vodka organic farm and distillery sits on 80 acres of gorgeous land on the slopes of Haleakala. Shay Smith, Founder, and President of Ocean Vodka believes strongly in sustainable and organic practices.

Growing several different kinds of sugar cane without the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides, Ocean Vodka is created through continuous column distillation, where the impurities are slowly separated, resulting in smoothness and impurity-free vodka. Ocean Vodka is USDA 100% certified organic, gluten-free and all-natural. Tours of the grounds are held daily and include a complimentary Ocean Vodka shot glass. If you’d like to buy a bottle, it’s currently available in over 34 U.S. states and can be ordered online.


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Surfing Goat Dairy

Also located in Kula, Surfing Goat Dairy is one of Hawaii’s top ag-tourism venues, and one of only two goat dairies in the state. German expats Thomas and Eva Kafsack transformed 42 acres of Upcountry Maui brush land into a working dairy farm, complete with a Milk Room, Ripening Room, Cheese Room and adjacent retail shop.

Producing a variety of soft and cream cheeses, Surfing Goat Dairy products soon found their way onto many local restaurant menu items including salads, pizzas, ravioli, and even desserts. Guests visiting the farm can choose from several tours, including the daily casual tour, evening chores, goat milking, tea time, weekly grand dairy tour and more. Some of our favorite dairy products include Ginger Lime Soap, Gourmet Lilikoi Goat Cheese Truffles, Udderly Delicious Chevre, Mandalay Chevre with apple bananas and curry and Olé! Chevre with jalapeños, artichokes, lime juice and cilantro. Can’t make it to Maui? No worries, they ship!


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Maui Gold Pineapples

Created by former Maui Pineapple Company employees, the Maui Gold Brand Pineapple is the go-to on Maui for the best, sweetest and most delicious pineapple. Grown on 1,350 acres of the slopes of Haleakala, it takes 18 months to grow one Maui Gold pineapple. The process has been tested and perfected over the last 25 years.

In fact, they are the only pineapple growers in Hawaii to employ people solely for assessing sweetness and consistency. The Maui Gold Brand is noted for its low acidity, extra sweet flavor, and even has 3 times the amount of vitamin C than other brands of pineapple. Visitors to Maui can take the only tour of a working pineapple plantation in the country, where each guest is given the chance to taste test the stages of the Maui pineapple while learning the history of the fruit. Want to try some for yourself? Have some shipped directly to your door in boxes of 1, 2 or 6.


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Pono Pies

Maui Breadfruit company’s kitchen is where Pono Pies are made from start to finish by Chef-Owner John Cadman and his son Kavika. Pono Pies are truly infused with the spirit of aloha. They use locally sourced ulu (breadfruit), macadamia nuts and honey while maintaining a dairy, gluten, processed sugar and GMO free dessert. This is what makes Pono Pies “Guilt free from Maui.”

Cadman’s mission is to help restore the rightful place ulu once had in Hawaiian Culture. He can be seen giving educational presentations on the culinary creativity and product innovation at places like Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Cadman’s Pono Pies were a direct result of his experimentation with raw, vegan dessert to help ease his own craving for something sweet. His intension was to make a healthy raw vegan dessert that tasted delicious. Seven years later, Cadman’s passion has turned his intention into reality.

Pono Pies can be found in all major health food stores on Maui including Whole Foods, Mana, Alive and Well, Down to Earth and Hawaiian Moons. They are also found Upcountry at Pukalani Superette and Rodeo General. You can also indulge in a slice of Pono Pies at many local eateries such as Duke’s, Fork & Salad, Hula Girl, Leilani’s on the Beach and Tinroof. They’re also sold on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.

The Maui Coffee made with locally roasted coffee and chocolate is definitely a favorite, and the Lilikoi is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. All of the flavors sit atop a scrumptious crust made from a mixture of raw coconut oil, macadamia nuts, dried coconut and sea salt. Be warned, once you take your first bite of one of Cadman’s Pono Pies, there is no turning back and you will be hooked on an amazing raw vegan slice of heaven.


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Maui Raw

Maui Raw believes that healthy food should taste amazing, and their delectable cultured macadamia nut spreads are proof that this is true. You can taste the love, made from local organic macadamias, all natural and organic farm to table ingredients and healthy probiotics. Maui Raw spreads are not only wonderfully unique and big in flavor, they are offered at an affordable price.

Never made with milk, eggs, gluten, casein, soy, wheat, beef or seafood products, making this a vegan, raw paleo and heart healthy food. That being said, we promise that these delicious spreads will be loved by everyone who tastes them. Some of the most popular flavors are Pineapple Pepp’ah, Chive’n The Lavender and our favorite, Passport to Pesto.

Maui Raw creator Michelle Valentin Kuvinski believes full heartedly in the importance of supporting Maui’s local farmers. She takes the time to make relationships within the community, making sure that small-time growers and their families also succeed and thrive. For Michelle, the reward is making this possible by keeping the love right here on Maui. She uses Waihe’e Valley Macadamia Nuts in her spreads as well as other local organic ingredients whenever possible.

You can find Michelle and Maui Raw at the Kula Upcountry Farmers Market every Saturday. Beware, she always sells out, so you will want to get there early! Other places you can find Maui Raw spreads are: Alive & Well and Down to Earth in Kahului, Mana Foods in Paia, Rodeo General in Makawao and Aina Gourmet Market in Lahaina. They can also be found in health food stores on Kauai and on the Big Island. Warning, be prepared for the beginning of a constant craving!


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