Vegan News for June 2019



We added Freshies in Makawao and Your Bliss in Kihei to the Maui Vegan Food Guide.  Check them out to see if their vegan items appeal to you.


Vacationers may volunteer on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 am at the Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Maui’s only vegan animal sanctuary.  More info here.

Worker-controlled cooperative being formed: David Johnston is looking for co-founders for a worker-controlled cooperative. “The focus of the business is to put on festivals, events, forums, workshops, retreats, unconferences, skill hubs, adventures, and convergences. We will serve food and promote the raw vegan fruitarian (all of these are eaten raw: fruits, greens, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) lifestyle in all that we do for health and healing. We will also serve transition vegetable starches like cooked breadfruit, kalo, sweet potato, potato, yam, cassava, plantain, and winter squashes, except for events where eating raw vegan fruitarian foods is the main focus. If you are unfamiliar with what a worker coop is, it may be helpful to sign up for a free webinar and explore the following websites: and We will be hosting a meeting soon to share more for those interested.”  Contact David by messaging him on Facebook. You will find his posts at the Maui Vegan Life and Vegan on Maui Facebook pages.


Maui’s Zen Island Farm vegan chef Ayako hosted a vegan retreat in Yugawara, Japan. … Ellen Fisher continues to be a prolific YouTube contributor, with a focus on raising vegan children. … David Johnston recently posted thoughtful commentary to Facebook about Maui being the home to many ex-vegans.  “I put their contacts under a category to follow up with them and support their journey, with permission and consent from them.”  Maui could benefit from an organized vegan mentoring program.  


This calendar is continuously updated as new events are announced.

Thursday, June 13, 7 pm: “Food, Mood, and Women’s Health: What’s the Connection?”  Presented by Linda Carney, MD.  Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.  J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku.  Free.

Tuesday, June 17, 10 am, Hana, Fruit Tree Propagation and Crafting Workshop, 470 Waiohonu Road. Free. To register, call Jordan Longman, 808-298-5813.

Thursday, June 20, 5:45 pm. Maui Food Not Bombs distributes free vegan food at Paia Bay,

Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27: The Maui Humane Society is hosting a Free Spay/Neuter MASH Clinic for Dogs. To make an appointment, call (808) 877-3680 ext. 3.

Saturday, June 29 (class) and Sunday, June 30 (foraging): Eat the Aliens, Wild Edibles on Maui, with David Bruce Leonard. $100 per day, $150 for both. To register, call or text (808) 280-0687.

Sunday, July 7, 11 am - 1 pm. 5th Annual Demonstration Against Animal Cruelty at the Makawao Rodeo, Oskie Rice Arena, Olinda Rd., Makawao. More information:

Thursday, July 11, 7 pm: “Reversing Lupus, Sjögren’s and Many Other Chronic Diseases with Supermarket Foods,” Brooke Goldner, M.D. J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Free.

Saturday, September 7, 10 am – 3 pm.  La ‘Ulu 2019: Breadfruit Day. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Avenue, Kahului, across from the War Memorial Stadium. Free admission, free parking.  More information here. 

Thursday, October 31 - Tuesday, November 5 - Mind-Body-Spirit Vegan Retreat (Big Island), details here.


“Our drive to create food and energy are the main drivers of the decline in nature - the speed of which has not been seen before,” notes Plant Based News: One Million Species Under Threat of Extinction - Because Of Humans

British Dietetic Association Disputes Claim of Belgian Doctors that a Vegan Diet Harms Children  …  US Experts Refute Belgian Claim

U.S. Adult Vegan Population Estimated at 5.1 Million

Will 2019 prove to be a turning point in the public’s acceptance of plant-based meat?  If you are a vegan or vegetarian, your diet may include commercially available “bridge” foods like plant-based meat, milk, cheese, butter and eggs -- or you may avoid processed foods altogether.  In either case, the growing popularity of plant-based alternatives will likely reduce the number of animals farmed, abused and eaten.  Meat Giant Tyson to Launch Vegan Meat This Summer …  Burger King Expands Impossible Whopper to More Than 7,000 LocationsBeyond Meat has Top IPO of 2019McDonald's Joins the Meatless Burger Trend in One of its Biggest MarketsThe Meatless Burger Revolution is Bulking UpInvestment in Plant-Based Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Hits $16 Billion, No Sign of SlowingAlternative meat market could be worth $140 billion within a decade. … Fast-Food Giants 'Must Add Vegan Options - or Face Consequences', Says Report


'You Don't Need Meat to Build Muscle', Says Vegan Bodybuilder

A New Study Shows If You Eat Less Meat, You'll Probably Live Longer

Over-processed Foods Add 500 Calories Daily


Guide to Raising Vegan Children

Fruiticulture – Planting a World to End Hunger, Poverty, Pollution & Wars (paperback) by David Klein, Ph.D. & Don Weaver with others “is a thoughtful, regenerative, civilized way of living in harmony with Nature, consonant with human’s natural dietetic character: frugivore.” More info here.


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.


June 16, 1824 – Twelve men meet at a London coffee house and become the founders of the world’s first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

June 1842 – Bronson Alcott visits Alcott House, named in his honor.

June 19, 1997 – A British court rules that McDonald’s made false claims about the nutritional value of its food and is responsible for animal cruelty.

June 2001 – In response to pressure from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Burger King announces a set of animal welfare guidelines.

June 2018 A study published in Science asserts that the adoption of plant-based diets in the United States alone could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 61% to 73%, and that the global adoption of a vegan diet would reduce the use of agricultural land by 75%.


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Eric Baizer