Vegan News for January 2019


Do you support a government program to kill deer on Maui? House Bill 265, which sanctions the killing of six invasive species on Maui, including coqui frogs and axis (spotted) deer, or Chital, will be considered by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 30, at the State Capitol at approximately 9 am, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu. Here is the text of the bill: If you cannot attend the hearing but wish to submit online testimony, register here:

Kihei's only vegan food truck, Aloha Joy, has opened behind Azeka Mall in Central Kihei (1 Piikea Ave.). Aloha Joy features crepes with both a sweet and savory option, banana bread with chocolate chips, chocolate peanut butter cups, kombucha (original, ginger, and ginger + turmeric) and more. Dishes are 100% plant-based (no meat/animal products, no eggs, no dairy, no honey).

He's too sexy for his seitanThe Maui News profiles the legendary Maui vegan activist Carlos Garcia.

A new venue for seminars and classes: Starting in 2019, Harvest Café in Kihei will be available to host vegan seminars and classes. It's a great opportunity to host a class or group with some healthy, plant-based food and drink. To start, it will be on the weekends only. The Café can host up to 16 people comfortably. Examples of activities include plant-based nutrition and cooking classes, introductions of vegan products and healing and counseling seminars. For more info or questions, email Ralph at

Can a farm-to-table restaurant with a mostly vegan menu committed to zero waste make it on Maui?   MauiVeganLife visits Moku Roots to find out.   

A mentoring model for Maui?  The New York-based Catskill Animal Sanctuary recently launched the New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program, a free online service that pairs new vegans with an experienced mentor.  More info here.

Thinking about volunteering in 2019?  Maui’s only vegan animal sanctuary, Leilani, needs volunteers. Another option is  Chilis on Wheels, which delivers vegan meals to Maui people without homes.


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

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

Thursday, January 10, 4 pm: Protest for Sheep, 275 W. Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului

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.

Tuesday, January 15, 5 pm: Free cooking class at Down to Earth Maui, 305 Dairy Road, Kahului Two vegan dishes will be taught: Clean Quinoa Salad and Creamy Carrot Soup.

Thursday, January 17, 5:45 pm: Maui Food Not Bombs serves food at Paia Bay. (If the event is similar to the previous month, it will be vegan food served near the outdoor basketball court.)

Wednesday, January 23, 6-8 pm: Non-dairy cheese cooking class with Ayako. $30. Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Avenue, Paia. More info:

Thursday, January 24: Vegan Support Group, West Maui Senior Center, 1 pm. 788 Pauoa St. Lahaina. All ages welcome.  Call to confirm, 270-4310.

Wednesday, January 30, 9 am: Hearing on Killing Invasive Species on Maui, including axis or spotted deer. (See top of this page for details.)

Thursday, February 7: Vegan Lifestyle with Kathy Ryan, 9 am - 12 noon. Film, Q&A, vegan cuisine. $5. Kaunoa Senior Services, 401 Alacapa Place, Paia; 270-7308.

Thursday, February 14: “How To Feed Your Cancer: Dietary Strategies to Keep Cancer at Bay,” Irminne Van Dyken, MD, 7 pm. J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Details here.

Thursday, February 28: Vegan Support Group, West Maui Senior Center, 1 pm. 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina. All ages welcome. Call to confirm, 270-4310.


2019 will be the “Year of the Vegan,” according to the Economist.  Details reported by VegNews are here. Another indication that 2019 will be the Year of the Vegan: Record numbers have signed up to "Veganuary" and will try living on a plant-based diet, at least for a few weeks.  More info here.

The global vegan protein market will skyrocket by 2023, according to a report cited by Plant Based News.  The report is available here.  An article from the Boston University News Service explains why vegan products are on the rise.

Will we all be vegan one dayA new documentary from Newsweek notes that the effects that meat and dairy consumption have on both our bodies and our planet could lead to a future where we are all vegans.


 VegNews reports that a recent study has found a new link between meat and heart disease.


You don’t need animal foods to build muscle, according to top vegan bodybuilder Brian Turner.  Read about it in Plant Based News.


The Vegan Starter Kit by Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a new book that includes delicious recipes, answers to frequently asked questions, nutrition guidelines and more.

The Plant Based News film “Vegan 2018”' has received more than 250,000 views on YouTube.  Watch it here.

The Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy has created a new video series. offers a short documentary on numerous vegan success stories of 2018.


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 MauiMaui Vegans and the Facebook companion page to this website, Maui Vegan LifeJoy Waters’ website includes a number of ideas for new vegan projects under consideration.


Ellen Fisher, Epic Vegan Food and Epic Raw Food

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

Danielle Marie, Beginners Guide to Veganism

Laurelee Blanchard, Finding Paradise


January 2012: The Indian Vegan Society celebrated its 7th anniversary with a gathering in Karnataka.

January 2013: Standard battery cages and breeder sow gestation crates after four weeks of pregnancy are banned throughout the European Union, due largely to the efforts of Compassion in World Farming.

January 2014: 3,300 people from all around the world sign up to go vegan, launching Veganuary, an international campaign.


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Chris Brock