Vegan News for April 2019


Wildlife expert-professor-activist Dr. Liv Baker visited Maui recently to make the case for compassionate conservation.  Highlights of her talk are here in Talk Story.

Maui’s No-Kill Animal Shelter, the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF), purchased 10 acres and built a barn to house its rescues. HARF needs funds to pay for the water meter.  Details about how you can help are here.  

The Leilani Farm Sanctuary needs volunteers to help transport produce for the animals donated by Down to Earth from its store in Kahului to the Haiku sanctuary. If you can help, please call 808-298-8544.

Below is legislation pending in the Hawaii state legislature.  Click on any link to see the current status:

  • Vegetarian meal options in schools: HCR223 and HR198: Urges the Department of Education to offer vegetarian meal options in all public schools.

  • Cosmetics: HB704 HD2 SD1 and SB756:  Bans the import for profit, sale, and offer for sale of any cosmetic in the State, if the final product or any component of the product was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

  • Dairy Operations: SCR118: Requests the Department of Agriculture to designate areas in each county for dairy operations.


This calendar is continuously updated as new events are announced.  Send information about Maui vegan news and events to

Tuesday, April 2, Plant-based Diet, 4-part series. Part 3. Facilitated by Sally Pechstein, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, 5-7 pm, J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St. Suite 8, (808) 242-7661. Presented by the Pacific Cancer Center. More information and registration here.

Wednesday, April 3: Plant-based Protein – Hands-On Cooking Class. 6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Avenue, Paia.  $30.  Details here.

Tuesday, April 9, Plant-based Diet, 4-part series. Part 4. Facilitated by Sally Pechstein, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, 5-7 pm, J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St. Suite 8, (808) 242-7661. Presented by the Pacific Cancer Center. More information and registration here.

Thursday, April 11, 7 pm, Mic the Vegan, Top Vegan Myths Debunked. J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Admission free.  Refreshments courtesy of Down to Earth.  Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.

Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm, Raw Vegan Support Circle. Kalama Beach Park, Kihei.  Details here.

Sunday, April 21, Celebrate Maui Earth Day the right way! The event in Kihei , VFW, 1136 Ulunui Road, 11 am - 8 pm, is well-meaning, but unfortunately features an organic Easter Egg Hunt for keiki.  You can help spread the vegan message of compassion, environmental sustainability and health by volunteering with Leilani Farm Sanctuary booth. It will be a great opportunity to pass out vegan literature and educate people about the benefits of 100 plant-based eating! Call to volunteer, 298-8544.

Thursday, April 25: Vegan Lifestyle Support Group, West Maui Senior Center, 1 pm. 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina. All ages welcome. Call to confirm, (808) 661-9432.

Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, May 5. 8th Annual Food Revolution Summit, free, online. Sign up here.

Tuesday, April 30: Vegan Lifestyle with Kathy Ryan. 10 am - 1 pm. Q&A, film, example of instant pot vegan quick meal. $5 payable by April 16. West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina, (808) 661-9432.

Monday, May 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Makawao. Gut Health Affects Your Mood, Immunity and Longevity! Presented by Katharine Clark, RN. $25. Details | Tickets

Thursday, May 16, 7 pm: From Hunter to Gatherer: An Indigenous Woman’s Journey from Omnivore to Vegan Activist & Entrepreneur, Presentation by Antoinette Ortiz-Sharfin. J Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Free.

Monday, May 20: Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle with Kathy Ryan, 9 am – 12 noon, Kaunoa Senior Center, 401 Alakapa Place, Spreckelsville. $5 is payable by May 6.  Class includes a film, Q&A and tasty vegan cuisine. 270-7308.

Tuesday, April 30: Dine Out For Pets with the Maui Humane Society. Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by dining out at any participating restaurant! Learn more here.


People Must Eat More Plant-Based to Save Planet, Warns UN

Soon, Plant-Based Food Will Become So Common It Won't Be Newsworthy Anymore

Another massive meat company goes big on plant-based eating.

Morningstar Farms Goes Vegan, Sparing 300 Million Eggs Annually

Sales of Plant-based Snacks to Soar as Veganism Gains Impetus

Jeff Bezos Backs $30 Million Investment in Vegan Tech Startup That Aims to Make Animal Products Obsolete


Plant-based diet increases secretion of insulin, incretin hormones in people with type 2 diabetes …  Vegan diet can reduce diabetes and depression symptoms

Three or more a week increase your risk of heart disease and early death, study says

Plant-Based Doctors to Educate the Public About Colon Cancer

'Dangerous Dairy Products Should Be Ditched from Nutritional Guidelines' Say Doctors  … 12,000 Doctors Urge the FDA to Issue Dairy Warning

Blueberries Rival Prescription Drugs in Lowering Blood Pressure


PBN Documentary 'Vegan 2018' Hits Over 500,000 Views

The “Ultimate International Vegan Travel Guide” offers several useful tools.


If you live on Maui or visit regularly, you might consider joining the Maui Vegans meetup group. Additional forums include three Facebook pages, Vegan on Maui, Maui Vegans and the Facebook companion page to this website, Maui Vegan Life.


April 1842 – The first confirmed use of the word “vegetarian” appears in the Alcott House journal, used to mean what today is called “vegan.”

April 1846 – The Metropolitan Magazine (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin) quotes Dr. Reece’s Medical Guide: “A vegetable diet affords the same support as animal food, with the important advantage of preventing plethora.”

April 2, 1850 – William Horsell, editor-publisher of The Vegetarian Advocate, presents a “Vegetarian entertainment” in which carrot pudding, barley sago and apple without animal products were served.’

April 1944 -- The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review (Manchester) publishes part 2 of Donald Watson’s article, “Should Vegetarians Eats Dairy Produce?”  On April 22 a motion to aim to eliminate dairy produce from one’s diet was debated at Croydon Vegetarian Society.  It passed overwhelmingly.

April 8, 1945 – The Leicester-based Non-Dairy Produce Group, also known as Non-Dairy Vegetarians, renames itself the Vegan Society and adopts a formal definition of “veganism.”

April 16, 1996 – Oprah Winfrey broadcasts a debate about mad cow disease, sparking declining prices for beef and a lawsuit.


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Eric Baizer