Vegan News for October 2018



Monday, October 1, 9 am - 12 noon: "Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle with Kathy Ryan."  Film, Q&A, vegan cuisine.  $5 payable by September 17.  Kaunoa Senior Services, 401 Alakapa Pl, Paia (Spreckelsville), 270-7308.

Saturday, October 6, 12 noon: Vegan Beach Picnic, Paia Youth and Cultural Center, 28 Hana Highway, Paia. Please bring something to share and people you love. Vegan food only (no honey, eggs, milk, etc.) Please label your home-cooked dishes to help people with allergies. Hosted by Kayla Bernard. Details:

Thursday, October 11, 7 pm. Nutrition-Based Medicine: The Key to Healing in the 21st Century? Presented by Michael Klaper, MD.  Hosted by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.  J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Details: Free admission. Refreshments courtesy of Down to Earth. 

Thursday, October 18, 5:45 pm. Maui Food Not Bombs hosts a free vegan meal at Paia Bay Coffee & Bar, 115 Hana Highway. More info:

Thursday, October 25, 1 pm: First Meeting, Vegan Support Group facilitated by Kathy Ryan, West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa Street, Suite 103, Lahaina. (808) 270-4387.

Thursday, October 25, 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Animal rights group Anonymous for the Voiceless brings the Cube of Truth to Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului. More info:

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:

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:

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:

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


Maui Musician Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’ Contest: Animal Advocate Battles It Out to Take Home Top Honors—and a Free Adventure Through India. PETA Prime is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegans Over 50—and Pa’ia resident Carlos Garcia is vying for the men’s title. He beat out entrants from across the country to advance to the final round of six contestants. Visitors to PETA Prime’s Facebook page can now help the group select the lucky winners (one man and one woman), who will each receive an eight-day adventure through northern India, courtesy of VegVoyages—Vegan Adventure Tours. Full news release:


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.


New documentary: Plant Based News will release a feature-length documentary Vegan 2018: The Year A Movement Went Mainstream.  The film “paints a portrait of our changing society, showing a movement in its ascendency as more and more people start to move away from the ethical, environmental, and health horrors of animal exploitation.”  More info:


More people embracing meat alternatives: In the United Kingdom, a massive demand for vegan food is leading a retail revolution, according to Plant Based NewsDetails here.  Globally, a new study finds that the meat substitute  market will increase to $6.5 billion by 2026.  More info:

Veganism is the number one food trend in social media:  Brandwatch, a UK-based trend monitoring company, has identified veganism as 2018’s biggest food trend on social media. Details:


Profile of vegan runner: Vegan Rich Roll hosts the premiere of Fiona Oakes documentary, “Running For Good.” Plant Based News reports that “the film follows vegan runner Fiona Oakes - a veteran of more than 50 marathons - in her attempt not only to set a new global record in endurance racing, but to compete in the 'toughest footrace on earth' the Marathon Des Sables, 250km race through the Sahara Desert.”


October 1848: The Vegetarian Advocate states that “. . . Pound cakes and tea-cakes are also extremely good made with oil (instead of butter and eggs), and cheese-cakes are well imitated by means of mashed potatoes mixed with oil and sugar put into a crust … without animal substance of any kind, or of eggs, milk and butter.” 

October 2, 1983 World Day for Farmed Animals is declared by the Farm Animal Rights Movement.  It is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals for food.

October 1995: Turtle Island and The Higher Taste introduce the first “Tofurkey.”

October 2003: Melbourne, Australia initiates a celebration of World Vegan Day on the last Sunday in October.

Eric Baizer