Vegan News for November 2018


Maui’s Ellen Fisher and Actor Alicia Silverstone Spread Vegan Message: Plant Based News reports that Actor Alicia Silverstone Spreads Vegan Message With YouTube Sensation Ellen Fisher. Watch their YouTube video hereEllen’s website focuses on raising vegan children.  She seeks to maintain a lifestyle “full of aloha.” “We feel so connected to the earth by tending to and experiencing the nature that surrounds us here in Maui, Hawaii. Vegan food has a lighter footprint on the planet and is more compassionate on the earth! I am consistently opening and learning with each day how we can better care of this one planet we call home. The future for our children is in our hands.”

Carlos Garcia Named Sexiest Vegan Over 50. Maui activist Carlos Garcia, recently profiled in Maui Vegan Life, has been crowned PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50. He beat out two other finalists and dozens of entrants from across the country to win an eight-day adventure through northern India, courtesy of VegVoyages—Vegan Adventure Tours.


This list is continuously updated as new events are announced.

Thursday, November 1 is the deadline to register for the Vegan Spirituality Retreat. When:  Maui: Friday, November 30 (arrival) through Tuesday, December 4 (departure); Hawaii: Tuesday, December 4 (arrival) through Sunday, December 9 (Monday departure).  Where: Private Veganic Farm on Maui, Private Vegan Sanctuary on Hawaii.  Details:

Friday, November 2: Cube of Truth · Hosted by Anonymous for the Voiceless. 7 PM – 9 PM · Wailuku Coffee Company, 26 N Market St, Wailuku.

Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host its 15th annual Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway. One thousand Hawaiian trees will be given away, and every person may take a free tree, regardless of age. Hands-on cultural activities will allow everyone to try making traditional Hawaiian products from the leaves, bark, and fruit of native trees. More info:  

Saturday, November 17, 5 PM: Vegan Sushi Night at Moku Roots, 335 Keawe Street #211, Lahaina

Thursday, November 15, 7 pm: Nutrition and fitness consultant John Pierre will address “The Pillars of Health: Your Foundations for Lifelong Wellness.” Location: Kihei Community Center, 303 E Lipoa St. Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. More info:

Saturday, November 24, 5 PM: Vegan Sushi Night at Moku Roots, 335 Keawe Street #211, Lahaina

Thursday, November 29, 1 pm: Vegan Support Group facilitated by Kathy Ryan, West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa Street, Suite 103, Lahaina. (808) 270-4387.

November 30 – December 9 Vegan Retreat:  Explore veganism as a spiritual practice with yoga, meditation, cooking, dancing, hiking, healing rituals, and touring sacred sites, on the Big Island and Maui. Spend the weekend, a week, or longer to release stress, restore balance, and align your body, mind, and spirit. Hawaiian sunsets, rain-forests, clear waters, delicious vegan food and vegan Animal Sanctuaries await you! (Weekend, week, and 10-day options)  Hosted by In Defense of Animals, Vegan Aloha, Ellora Wellness and Herbivores.  Workshops with Lisa LevinsonVanessa MarsotAntoinette Ortiz Sharfin and Alessandra Rupar-Weber. Where: Hale Mahina or “House of the Moon” on Hawaii Island (Big Island) and a special retreat hale in Maui. Vegan meals, tours, and overnight accommodations included. More information:…/sustainable-activ…/hawaii-retreats/Top of Form

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.


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


Billion Vegans Debuts With 4,500 Products. A Hollywood, California-based startup claims an initial offering of 4,500 vegan products from 200 marketers. More information:

GVTV Hawaii is a new weekly show about plant-based diets, recipes and tips and how you can become part of the animal-friendly, plant-based community.  Details:

New Vegan Documentary: Starring Inspiring Change Makers to Launch on PBN YouTube Channel.  According to Plant Based News, the film highlights the powerful impact of veganism.


Veganism is exploding into the Chinese mainstream, according to Raise Vegan. The vegan market worldwide is exploding at an incredible rate, and the rise in plant-based eating is seeing an impressive growth in the Chinese mainstream. …  Data Shows Major Rise in Veganism among young peoplePlant Based News reports:  Recent reports, surveys and news stories show that plant-based eating has become mainstream – especially among young people who are concerned about the environment and animal welfare. Humans are destroying the planet and have just one generation to save it, according to the 2018 Living Planet Report.


Ellen Fisher, Epic Vegan Food and Epic Raw Food

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

Danielle Marie, Beginners Guide to Veganism

Laurelee Blanchard, Finding Paradise


November 6, 1910: The New York Times publishes an article about Elmer Lee, M.D.’s advocacy for a plant-based diet.

November 20, 1931: In a speech to the London Vegetarian Society, Gandhi lends support to the emerging vegan movement, emphasizing the moral basis of vegetarianism.

November 1944: British woodworker Donald Watson coins the term “vegan” to denote vegetarians who do not eat dairy and eggs. A group that would later be called the Vegan Society is formed. The first issue of Vegan News is published on November 24.

November 1, 1994: The first World Vegan Day is celebrated. It was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of the Vegan Society in the UK to commemorate the Society’s 50th anniversary.  Later November was declared World Vegan Month.

November 16, 2005: Donald Watson, the founder of modern veganism and coiner of the word "vegan," dies at age 95.

Photo from Leilani Farm Sanctuary.

Photo from Leilani Farm Sanctuary.

Eric Baizer