Vegan News for December 2018


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Sponsored by Maui Councilperson Yuki Lei Sugimura, HHT-43 would have removed shade law requirements for farmed animals.  Fortunately, this cruel measure was killed in late November, and everyone who voiced their opposition no doubt helped secure a positive outcome. More info here.


Due to the popularity of its vegan menu items, as of December 1, the menu at Harvest Café will be 100% plant-based. 1367 S. Kihei Rd. #3-105, Kihei, (808) 868-1261


This calendar is continuously updated as new events are announced. Please share information about upcoming vegan events by sending details to

Saturday, December 1, 5 pm - 8 pm. Vegan Sushi Night. Moku Roots, 335 Keawe Street #211, Lahaina,

Monday, December 3, 3 -5 pm: Vegan social meetup, Paia Bay Coffee - new friends and yum vegan food. Details:

Friday, December 7, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Vegan Cooking Class with Ayako Hashimoto. Do you care about your health and want to make healthy food for yourself and your loved ones? Are you trying to include more plant-based food into your diet, but not quite sure how? Are you eating healthy but hoping to explore more cooking tips? This is the class for you! $40.  More information:

Sunday, December 9, 3 -5 pm: Vegan social meetup, Paia Bay Coffee - new friends and yum vegan food. Details:

Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m.  Plant Strong: Avoid Infections with a Plant-Based Diet, Grace O’Neil, MD. J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.  

Friday, December 21, 7 pm. Winter Solstice Sound Bath. Maui Yoga Shala, 381 Baldwin Avenue, Paia. $30. Advance registration recommended. 808-633-2770.

Saturday, January 5: Vegan Sushi Night5 pm – 8 pm, Moku Roots, 335 Keawe Street #211, Lahaina.

Thursday, January 10, 7 pm: "How to Live to be 120: Healthy Longevity in the 21st Century," Terry Shintani, MD, JD, MPH. J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Free admission, Refreshments provided by Down to Earth.


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.


Should we all go vegan to stop climate change? New study suggests world needs to change diet.

A major new book says that animal farming will end by 2100.  Details here.

2019 Will Be the 'Year of Sustainability,” According to Top Influencers: “More and more people are becoming aware of issues facing the planet - and are starting to take action towards reducing their impact.” More info here.

Vegan Companies 'Struggling to Meet' Growing Demand More and more people are turning to plant-based options, which is leaving some manufacturers with stock shortages as they try and increase production.  Details here.


A plant-based vegan diet could help people with type 2 diabetes manage weight and blood sugar levels, according to a new study.  


Ellen Fisher, Epic Vegan Food and Epic Raw Food

Fruitculture, Planting a World to End Hunger, Poverty, Disease, Pollution and Wars, by David Klein, Ph.D., and Don Weaver. Numerous other works by Dr. Klein are also available.

Danielle Marie, Beginners Guide to Veganism

Laurelee Blanchard, Finding Paradise


December 2, 1861: Lewis Gompertz, author of an influential book promoting an early prototype of what is now called animal rights and veganism and a co-founder of the world’s first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, dies.

December 1931: The full text of Gandhi’s talk on the moral basis of vegetarianism is published in Vegetarian News.

December 1943: British woodworker Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society, gave the presentation "Should Vegetarians Eat Dairy Produce?" and noted that "the cow feels the loss of her calf in much the same way that a human mother would feel the loss of her child."

Eric Baizer