Vegan News for Sept. 2018




Friday, September 7, 6 pm: The “Pop Hawaii” Artist Premiere will be at Maui Kombucha on Friday, September 7th. The opening event will showcase multimedia graphic art that’s been created by Evan Adams. See his newest designs adorn Maui Kombucha’s walls, and experience a fresh depiction of pop art with Hawai‘i imagery. There’ll also be live music, vegan pupus, tasty kombucha on tap, and a raffle. Free. Maui Kombucha, (810 Kokomo Road Suite 136, Ha‘iku); 808-575-5233; From:…/pop-hawaii-artist-premiere-at-maui-…/

Thursday, September 13, 7 PM:  Milton Mills, M.D., will discuss "Meat Eating and Mind Games: How Dressing Up Meat Makes Humans Desire It and Lose Our Health Along the Way, but How We Can Win It Back!" J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Sponsored by Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Details here:  Dr. Mills practices urgent care medicine in the Washington DC area and has previously served as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine and as a member of the National Advisory Board, for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Wednesday, September 19 - Sunday, September 23:  Vegan Warrior Summit. Featuring interviews from 34 vegan thought-leaders, the Vegan Warrior Summit is a five-day online conference that will give you the tools, resources, and strategies to amplify your vegan journey and help you become a stronger animal advocate.  Free registration:

Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am. - 12:00 noon. Hawai’i Seed Fest: Local Seeds for Local Needs will take place in Makawao. To obtain tickets, visit

Friday, September 28, 5-9 pm: a’a Roots, a vegan health café, Napili Plaza, 5095 Napilihau St, Ste 3, Lahaina, will hold a one-year anniversary dinner, party and fundraiser to benefit those who lost homes in Honokohau Valley during tropical storm Olivia. Music by George Kahumoku Jr. For more information, call 808-298-2499

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.  For more Maui vegan-friendly events, visit

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:

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.  Enrollment is limited. Reserve your spot by October 1.  Pre-register now to be notified when registration begins! Kamaaina rates apply!  More information:…/sustainable-activ…/hawaii-retreats/Top of Form


Veg-Out Kihei is a brand new full-service commercial kitchen on wheels.  Veg-Out Kihei is parked on Pi’ikea Street in the lot behind Azeka Mauka.  Veg-Out Kihei offers a slightly smaller version of our Haiku menu.  Open every day  11 am -7:30 pm, rain or shine.  

Choice Health Bar has opened a branch in Paia.  Details:


Harvest Café seeks seminar hosts:  Harvest Café, 1367 S. Kihei Rd. #3-105, Kihei, will soon offer small seminars on plant-based diets, nutrition, sports nutrition, illness-related dietary solutions, and more. “It is part of our mission to spread the Aloha and a great opportunity to gather information, make a lifestyle change, enjoy clean, healthy food and drink and make some new friends! In the very near future, we will also have a beautiful outdoor venue available on our own farm right here in Kihei. A beautiful garden setting with covered lanai -- a peaceful place of positive energy to either learn or provide knowledge to others. If you are interested in these types of seminars and/or if you are a practitioner interested in hosting a seminar, please email Ralph at” … Maui’s only vegan animal sanctuary, Leilani Farm Sanctuary, needs volunteers.  For more information, call 808-298-8544. …  If you have a background in writing, publishing and/or advertising sales, you may wish to contact Carlos Garcia to discuss potential contributions to the Living Aloha website and magazine. 310-488-1911;


A new free ebook, Fruiticulture, Planting a World to End Hunger, Poverty, Disease & Wars, by David Klein, Ph.D., and Don Weaver is available here:

“As you will glean from this book, the Fruitarian Diet and Fruiticulture are not only a delicious way to eat and a better form of agriculture, but they are the keys to every personal and planetary transformation we desire, and they can optimally nourish all of humanity.” … Golden age for pro-vegan films: A new vegan documentary 'The End of Meat' premiered in Los Angeles and New York City at the end of August. Trailer:  Speaking of vegan films, Avery Yale Kamila reports that 2018 is proving a bonanza year for films about veganism. “‘Eating You Alive’ is the latest in a popular vegan medical documentary sub-genre that includes ‘What the Health’ (2017), ‘Plant PureNation’ (2015), ‘Forks Over Knives’ (2011) and ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ (2010).”  Other 2018 releases include “Eating Animals” and “The  End of Meat.” Additional films that may come out this year or in 2019 include “Taking Note: The Vegan Music Documentary, “Eating our Way to Extinction” (narrated by Kate Winslet) and “ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion.”

Details: …  The vegan documentary iAnimal: The Dairy Industry in 360-Degrees has been nominated for the “Best Social Impact Experience” category in this year’s Raindance Film Festival, the largest film festival in the United Kingdom. 


Info about raw vegan diets:  Everything you need to know about the 'raw vegan' diet — the eating plan that involves only eating uncooked plant-based meals.


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.


Worldwide vegan food sales on the rise: A report commissioned by the Plant-Based Food Association has found that worldwide vegan food sales reached $3.3 billion, a 20% growth spike.  A separate market research firm determined that Germany is the top vegan food producer of the year, accounting for 15% of the new vegan products launched worldwide … Who are American vegans?  According to Forbes Magazine, a recent poll conducted by Gallup has found that five percent identify as vegetarians and three percent as vegan.  The age group with the highest share of vegans is 30-49; the age group with the fewest vegans is 50-64. While three percent might not sound impressive, it’s still 7.6 million people, an increase from earlier decades … Is veganism a fad?  Not according to the food publication Food Navigator Plant Based News reports that “the article, which says 'plant-based eating is not just a passing trend,' references a recent report by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)  called The rise of plant-based food products and implications for meat and dairy. The report claimed vegans see ditching animal products as 'a badge of identity or a tribal marker, much like a 'gym bro' or craft beer nerd'.”  More information: ... Veganism has hit the roof in recent years, with more than 3.5 million British people now choosing to enjoy a plant-based diet. In 2018 Veganuary (going vegan for January) broke all records. The campaign grew by 183%, with over 168,000 people signing up. Details:  … Ending hunger in the United States: From Raise Vegan: “Can Americans really give up their way of life, from corporate greed of the animal-based agricultural industries and ‘entertainment’ in the form of rodeos or hunting down defenseless animals in the middle of the night?  A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows it is possible, and the roughly forty-one million Americans who experience hunger each year could be a thing of the past. While switching to a vegan diet would just feed all 327 inhabitants, and an additional 350 million more.”



September 1846: A recipe for a plain bird’s nest sago pudding, which has been described as “the earliest known deliberately vegan recipe,” is published

September 1847: William Horsell founds the world’s first vegetarian society.

September 1849:  The Vegetarian Advocate reviews the Kitchen Philosophy for Vegetarians, which may be the first known vegan cookbook.

September 1945: An article in the Vegetarian Society’s newsletter states that “a number of our members, who do not use animal products of any kind, formed themselves into a group which has since adopted the title of ‘The Vegan Society.’”

September 2001: Bowing to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Wendy’s followed McDonald’s and Burger King in making some reforms in the treatment of hens.

Eric Baizer