We choose Maui and Ohau because they are the most populated islands and have distinct different personalities. Maui, though plagued with traffic, is very clean, relaxed and an island getaway at its best. Oahu, on the other hand is a vibrant city with the tourist trap Waikiki and historical sites such as Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace. With only one week to get away we split our time between these two stops, but clearly could have used an entire week on each island and never run out of excitement.
Maui - Perfect stay = Kapalua. Kapalua is a small resort city flag shipped by the Ritz Carlton and while rooms run $500/night a smart traveler can stay at Kapalua Villas (and score an ocean front GOLD luxury Villa) for half that ($250) and still enjoy all the amenities of the Ritz PLUS the Kapalua Spa, while sporting a FULL modern kitchen and washer and dryer!
The beaches around Kapalua are among the best on Maui, you can rent equipment to snorkel, surf, kayak, sail etc. The vegan options are literally within walking distance, but you'll need a car (Jeep!) to get around Maui. There really isn't a restaurant in Hawaii where a vegan can't dine. Fresh produce, fruit, rice and tofu are abundant and all cater to the Japanese, who are nearly 20% of the tourist population.
Maui TODO & EATS
- Beach & Pool
Get healthy bites to eatKapalua Spa - Custom healthy wrap (lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, & olives ..side of lemon juice) with a Chocolate Rice Milk and Banana shake.
Banyon Tree or Kai Sushi Bistro at the Ritz - Veggie Rolls & Edamame
Pipiwai trail to pass through a HUGE bamboo forest and waterfall.
Coconut Glen's Vegan Ice Cream - Maui Must! This guys is CRAZY FUN :D :D
Cafe Romantica - Food Truck- only open 4pm-6pm ..weird! The food truck owner was kinda rude too about it.. like tourist are supposed to know your restaurant is only open for 2hrs per day!!!! I don't think he was down with making us anything oil free anyway :D
Before you begin you stop in Paia where you can grab snack items from Mana Foods the local organic market and deli, or have a sit down vegan lunch at Flatbread or Fresh Mint. Don't forget to grab some vegan Ono gelato, too!
Flatbread - Oil Free sauce cheeseless veggie Flatbread pizza (mushrooms, spinach, fresh tomatoes)
Ono gelato- Dark Chocolate Italian Vegan gelato (filtered water, maui cane sugar, dark chocolate (probably fatty), and coco)
Down to Earth and grab vegan sandwiches and snacks for your hike at the top. Many people brave the FREEZING temperatures to see the sun rise... or ride down it on bicycles... Enjoy a hike at the top and a nice packed lunch in comfort, instead. Best time to go is in the very early morning (6am) because the clouds usually flow through the crater around late morning (10am). It's about a 2hr drive to the top of the volcano so when you make it to Haleakala National Park Visitors Center make a quick stop for a bathroom break and free brochure.
Down to Earth- Custom Veggie Sandwich and Wrap (lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, spike and lemon juice)
Alive and Well- Nori Wraps
Choice Health Bar. Lahaina is a bit of a tourist trap with Cheese burger in Paradise and parrot pictures, but its worth a stop for Ono Gelato (entire section is dairy free). Also, at night you can get a custom vegan plate at Pacific O, a nice restaurant right on the sand.
Farmers Deli Cafe- Small store with of okay selection dry goods and produce. The only thing oil free in the deli was the salsa, there was a low-fat chocolate cake but it had oil in it:(
Pacific O - Very romantic restaurant right on the sand!! They custom made us a oil free salad and fabulous steamed veggie plate with tofu, potatoes, beets, carrots, quinoa, & lentil... AMAZING!
Ono Gelato - Mint Pineapple and Apple banana Sorbet
- Snorkeling Trips, Helicopter Rides, Catamarans
Transferring to Oahu!
The Royal Hawaiian, the pink palace. Its optimal location, chained off beach and lack of riff raff make it the perfect retreat amongst the horror show of Waikiki. We almost bolted when we arrived, but when we changed hotels to the the Royal the pink paint gave our sunglasses the rose colored hues of a perfect vacation. You can rent surf boards, take a canoe surfing ride, learn to stand up paddle, or just drink Mai Tais at the beach bar.
Oahu TODOs & EATs
DownBeat Diner- We order a rootbeer float w/ soy ice cream (because we were at a diner, of course) Then a custom BLT Sandwich - Dry bread minus fried tempeh bacon and vegenaise + plus mustard & cucumbers.
Peace Cafe, Loving Hut, Down to Earth are all on your way back to Waikiki for amazing vegan meals!
Peace Cafe- Oil- Free Moroccan dish was so fantastic we went back two days in a row to have it! On top are an assortment of pickles.
Down to Earth- Oil- FreeVery Berry Bran Muffins w/ Sugar Cane Juice (sugar cane juice actually has less sugar than bananas, grapes, and apples..haha who knew!)
Dole Plantation, that place is a trap, just past the Dole you'll see real fields, only take a bathroom break there!) Just as you enter town stop at the Beet Box Cafe for an amazing meal with the local surfers.
Beet Box Cafe- Baby Azul Smoothie (Blueberry, Banana, -minus Flaxseed, agave, and almond milk) with a custom burrito (steamed rice, oil free beans, and mango salsa).
You can grab wonderful spinach wraps at Mary's Organic across the street for lunch and at night dine on 5 star celebrity chef menus at Nobu and Roy's just next door!
Marie's Health Foods Organic Cafe- Spinach wrap (spinach tortilla w/ homemade organic hummus, organic soft tofu, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, spouts) -minus side of peanut sauce +plus lemon juice & fresh salsa. Fresh smoothies w/ soy milk.. those weren't great but the wrap we ate everyday on the beach:)
Nobu Waikiki - you can never go wrong with a little FUN veggie sushi and sake!!! With a creative vegan Oil-Free chocolate tofu surprise.
Roy's Hawaiian - Special Oil Free 3-course Vegan Prix Fix Menu w/ wine pairing..pure perfection!
Where ever you go in Hawaii you'll have an amazing time!