We stayed at the Kapalua Villas on the northwest coast of Maui. Woke up to this view every morning. No biggie.
Finding plant-based grub was a breeze. I had at least five solid options within 10 miles of the resort, and one tasty option right on site -- The Ritz- Carlton. The awesome Chef April whipped me up a hefty vegan brunch that included a tofu scramble, hash browns, gluten-free flapjacks and a well-spiked Bloody Mary. Chef went above and beyond to accommodate my vegan requests, and she even makes her own pickles for the buffet!
On day two, we hit the long and windy road to Haleakala, the volcano responsible for putting Maui on the map. 10,000 feet in the air, high above the clouds.
10,000 feet is high, and you know what happens when you're high: munchies! At the bottom of Haleakala is a town called Paia. It's where Willie Nelson lives and it's a vegan, surfer, hippy paradise. We chowed at Flatbread Co. For real, one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten - tomato, caramelized onion, mushroom, local spinach and garlic oil.
Less than 15 minutes from our villa is the town of Lahaina. The main drag is loaded with restaurants, shops, Mick Fleetwood's joint and a killer gelato shop called Ono Gelato. Ono has a huge non-dairy selection. I opted for the double chocolate. #DoubleYummy
Maybe it's just a Hawaii thing, or maybe I'm just late to the party, but acai bowls are a huge deal there and I'd never had one before. Put an end to that right quick at Choice Health Bar in Lahaina. The staff there is super rad and their offerings are all natural. This was a most excellent start to the morning.
Also on the west side of Maui is Maui Brewing Company. They've got a nice selection of craft beer and a few vegan items on the menu. The vegan burger was very good, I think. I came down with a stuffy nose that night and my taste buds were most definitely compromised. The homemade spicy ketchup is badass!
Our villa came equipped with a full kitchen, so shopping was in order. These two vegan-friendly grocery stores are stocked with everything you'll need for a vegan feast at home. Farmers Market in Lahaina was my favorite. They have a mini hot bar with tasty vegan options and a refrigerator full of vegan treats. Down to Earth is two minutes from the Maui airport, and should be your first stop on the way to your hotel/resort.
The only bummer of the trip was that we had to leave, but there's no doubt Maui is a part of us now and we'll be back very, very, very soon. Mahalo for reading!