When it comes to quality food sources, Maui has many. However, USDA certified organic food sources are harder to come by on the island. Much of the Maui-grown produce is grown on small farms. Many of these local farmers are farming “organically,” but they are not yet certified USDA organic due to a lengthy and costly certification process.
The USDA organic label is not as prominent on Maui as it is on the mainland. Instead, some common terms for organic farming are “biodynamic” and “certified naturally grown.” These terms indicate to consumers that the product was grown without synthetic chemicals from some fertilizers and pesticides and also without genetic modification or antibiotics.
Alchemy Maui is Valley Isle Kombucha’s recently opened tasting room and bakery. Located in Lahaina on Maui’s West Side, this is a perfect spot for a healthy, organic lunch on Maui. Alchemy Maui is offering up food and drinks made with locally sourced, organic and non-GMO ingredients, with many delicious vegan and vegetarian offerings on the menu.
Choice Health Bar is a vegetarian-vegan restaurant that is serving up some delicious organic foods. By hand selecting as many of their ingredients from local farms as they can, Choice Health Bar is helping to create a sustainable future for Maui’s Farmers. Currently, there are three Choice Health Bar locations across Maui: their original location in Lahaina, a second location at Whalers Village in Ka’anapali, and the most recent opening in Paia Town, on Maui’s North Shore.
Farmer’s Market and Deli Store is packed full of organic products and produce. It’s easily the best organic grocery store on the West side. They have rows of organic and local produce as well as packaged organic foods and organic beauty products and essential oils.
Foodland has a small selection of organic food but a decent selection of locally grown produce. Most of their organic produce consists of packaged salad mixes imported from the mainland.
Merriman’s offers regional island cuisine to four restaurants on three islands. They take pride in using certified organic products whenever possible and commit to 90% local ingredients. They also use sustainable, grass-fed meats and line-caught fish in all their dishes.
Located in Lahaina, Moku Roots is Maui’s only “zero” waste restaurant. Moku Roots takes pride in serving healthy vegan and vegetarian food made from Maui’s locally grown organic ingredients. They follow a code of honor that that they have named, “our roots.” These roots include: integrity, transparency, fun, creativity and passion. Their goal is to create delicious vegetarian foods that taste as good as they look. More importantly, heathy Maui grown food that makes you feel good!
Monkeypod is a Peter Merriam concept restaurant in line with his values of sustainability. They partner with local farmers to bring dishes with local ingredients and even cocktails using Kula lavender.
Pacific’o is a farm to table dining experience with produce from O’o Farm. The beachfront dining includes items like fresh poke, oysters, lobster ravioli, ribs, and assorted salads made from organic O’o greens. They also use a variety of local ingredients in their dishes like Surfing Goat cheese and Kula beets.
Safeway is another chain with a huge selection of organic options. They even have their own brand of organic products, O Organics. O Organics offers packaged goods like peanut butter, cereal, jams, canned veggies, juices, crackers, and milk.
Blue Door Bread Company is ‘the Bread that everyone is talking about’ on Maui! This 100% percent organic bakery is located on Maui’s South Side, in the heart of Kihei. Dedicated to serving nutritious organic bread that is made without sugar, dairy or yeast, Blue Door Bread Company is making bread the way it has been made in Europe for thousands of years.
The Farmer’s Market Maui is a small market in the parking lot of Farmer’s Market and Deli Store Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7-11 am.
Fork & Salad is the concept of chef-owners Cody Christopher, Jaron Blosser and Travis Morrin. Their vision was to create a way to make farm-to-table food more readily available to the masses. Maui currently has two locations; one in Kihei on Maui’s South Shore, and the other in the Pu’unene Shopping Center in Kahului (across from Target).
Hawaiian Moons in Kihei is the only independently owned grocery store on the South side selling organic foods and home goods. They have a wide selection of local and organic produce, pastries, frozen foods, packaged foods, and organic home and beauty supplies.
Joy’s Place offers organic sandwiches, smoothies, chili, soups, baked treats, salads, acai bowls, burritos, burgers, and breakfast sandwiches in Kihei. For drinks, they have Maui Coffee Roaster’s Organic French Roast Coffee, Valley Isle Kombucha on tap, and house-made juices and elixirs.
Miso Phat Sushi offers some of the island’s highest quality sushi at competitive prices. The owner grows some of the produce used in the rolls in his own organic garden. They offer sashimi, nigiri, temaki hand rolls, and vegetarian sushi rolls, in addition to combo platters and popular sides like miso soup and edamame.
What Ales You is a new taphouse and wine bar in Kihei serving organic pork and chicken bratwurst, in addition to 16 draft beers. They work with Maui Whole Foods to supply three different kinds of organic brats that are never frozen. What Ales You also serves only Life Foods organic, probiotic condiments with all their brats. Their menu uses produce from local farms and Surfing Goat Dairy. Even their sodas are healthier, using cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
Café des Amis in Paia offers some organic choices. Their menu consists of breakfast crepes, sweet and savory crepes, hummus plates and Indian food. Their Indian menu includes options like organic kale and tofu curry and curry wraps with organic chicken, curry, rice, mango chutney and cucumber raita.
Flatbread Company has 13 locations, including one in Paia.
They serve organic pizza using free-range meats, no growth hormones or chemicals, organic ingredients, and local produce from Kumu Farms, Ono Farm, and Kahuna Aina Farm. Their pizza is baked in a large wood-fired oven right in the center of the dining area with an open kitchen.
Kuau Store is one of the last places to stop on the way to Hana as you leave Paia. They have a surprisingly comprehensive array of organic products for their size. Kuau Store has a juice bar and deli serving plate lunches, poke bowls, and sandwiches. They also carry organic beer, coconut water, yerba mate and coffee.
La’a kea Community Farm Stand is a non-profit organic farm that provides special needs kids and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities an affordable place to work and live.
Maka by Mana has moved to a new and more convenient location, right inside Mana Foods. Mana Foods Grocery is a family owned and operated health food store in the heart of Paia Town on Maui’s North Shore. Maka is a 100% plant based and gluten free juice bar and café. Guest will love the amazing variety of high-quality fresh pressed juices, smoothies, health shots, coffee drinks, kombucha, breakfast bowls and lunch items that are being served here.
Mana Foods is a beloved organic grocer in Paia. They sell organic produce and products, bulk items and deli items. The store is packed full of anything and everything organic you could possibly need.
Maui Kombucha is a Haiku restaurant serving house-made kombucha on tap and a variety of gluten-free, vegan, and raw organic food. They serve daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials like flatbreads, wraps, salads and raw desserts. Their kombucha is sold all around Maui in adventurous flavors like ginger turmeric, palo santo, and acai ginger.
Paia Bowls is located on Maui’s North Shore. Founded by local Maui surfer brothers Ian and Luke Walsh, Paia Bowls is a great place to go for delicious organic food on Maui. This is the perfect stop on the way to Hana, or a great way to fuel up before starting your day exploring Maui’s eclectic bohemian town of Paia.
Veg-Out is a vegetarian restaurant offering just about every type of cuisine imaginable with organic options. They have Italian, Greek, American, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, and Indian meals like salads, burritos, pad thai, curries and lasagna.
Located in Upcountry Maui on 40 acres of Kula farmland, Evonuk Farms is a family operated farm that is continually cultivating more than 25 different culinary herbs. In addition, they grow gourmet greens, kale, beets, rainbow chard and a variety of fresh seasonal fruits. This Maui family business is definitely doing things right!
Kupa’a Farms is an organic Kula farm specializing in organic produce and award-winning coffee. They offer a 2-hour informative tour of the farm by appointment and also farm-to-table dinner events, courses, workshops, and lectures.
Ocean Vodka in Kula isn’t exactly “food”, but they do sell the only 100% USDA organic vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane and blended with deep ocean mineral water. It’s also naturally gluten-free and bottled in recycled glass containers. Their vodka contains no GMOs, herbicides, or pesticides.
O’o Farm is a 8.5-acre Kula farm that exceeds organic standards, but is not certified USDA organic.
They offer unique tours where guests can pick and harvest their own ingredients into a community basket and then watch them prepared fresh by Chef JJ Johnson, offering a true farm-to-table experience.
Rodeo General Store is easily the best place to buy organic produce, organic packaged goods, organic coffee, and organic beer in Makawao.
Surfing Goat Dairy is committed to clean and sustainable practices. They don’t use pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones or antibiotics in any of their products. Their goat cheese is made by adding organic cheese cultures and kosher salt to the pasteurized goat milk. All herbs, spices, and fruit in their cheeses are organic and grown in their orchard.
The longstanding Upcountry Farmer’s Market has been offering local produce for over 40 years. The market has grown to over 50 vendors, offering prepared foods, produce from 40 local farmers, and crafts. The market also offers freshly-caught fish and locally-grown coffee. It’s not all organic, but there are organic products available.
Formerly the Makawao Farmer’s Market, the newly titled Wednesday Market is the only market in Maui with 100% organic, non-GMO products. They recently moved from Makawao to Kula but still operate every Wednesday from 9-1. They continue to accept foodstamps.
Alive and Well in Kahului has a small selection of organic produce and household goods and a café called “The Deli” with a variety of prepared deli items. The Deli has smoothies, plate lunches, fresh juices, daily soup specials and sandwiches at affordable prices. The Deli also offers organic and free-range meats as well as creative prepared salads like the raw, vegan and gluten-free Cilantro Pesto Coconut Salad.
Surprisingly, Costco is the largest organic retailer in the country as well as the most affordable source for bulk organics on Maui. Organic items in the warehouse are conveniently marked both on the packaging and also on the price tag.
Down to Earth is a small grocery chain comparable to Whole Foods in prices that features a similar, but slightly smaller selection of organic goods. They post a sign at the entrance showing the current percentage of organically sourced and locally sourced produce in the store. Their focus is on supporting local farmers and they buy produce from over 100 local farms.
Life Foods specializes in packaged meat-alternative meals like veggie burgers and breakfast patties and condiment variations of mayo, mustard, and ketchup. The Wailuku-based company uses local super-foods like maqui berries and noni to make their products more nutrient-dense. Life Foods is used in dozens of restaurants in Maui and sold at Whole Foods and Hawaiian Moons.
Whole Foods offers over 10,000 organic products in their inventory and is one-stop shopping for household needs. They have their own organic brand, “395”, offering organic products at discounted prices. They also offer trusted organic brands like Wildwood, Kettle Chips, Nature’s Path, Bragg’s, Earthbound Farm, Organic Valley, Applegate and more.
Hana Fresh is an all-organic farm stand in Hana offering organic fruits and vegetables from their nearby farm. The Hana Fresh farm is a 7-acre piece of land growing over 100 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The farm stand is open Monday-Friday 8-3 and Saturday 9-3.
The Hasegawa General store in Hana is a fourth generation, family-owned store selling Hana Fresh and Hana Ranch organic produce, as well as handmade soaps, souvenirs, and fresh soup and chili. The store is a rare place to get food, drinks, supplies, and souvenirs on the road to Hana. Built in 1910, the store has become a historical attraction on the Hana Highway and the only grocery store to buy local, organic produce in the area.
Ono Organic Farms is a 50-acre farm in East Maui specializing in organic fruit, organic cacao, and organic coffee beans. The family-owned farm of 42 years recently started making organic bath products like dry rubs and bath butters. They are certified organic by International Certification Services.