Hawaii, Maui Island: Life’s a Beach with this Dairy-Free Guide

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Last Updated June 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores on the Hawaiian Island of Maui that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city, and we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Dairy-Free Maui: The Best Restaurants & Shops by City with gluten-free and vegan optionsPhoto from Coconut Glen’s in Haiku

Dairy-Free Maui: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Haiku

  • Coconut Glen’s ⭐️ – On the road to Hana, don’t forget to stop in for a scoop at this organic vegan ice cream shop. They use local ingredients to craft amazing coconut milk flavors.
  • Maui Garden Grove Cafe ⭐️ – This vegan cafe serves smoothies, chili, baked goods, Coconut Glen’s ice cream, and some other items.
  • Maui Kombucha ⭐️ – It’s a small cafe with a big menu that’s packed with healthy eats and drinks. They have kombucha on tap, blend dairy-free superfood smoothies, offer juices and wellness shots, and serve a vegan menu with raw food options. Their eats include pizzas, nachos, bowls, some other entrees, and desserts.

Kahului

  • Broth – This health-focused cafe  is located inside Alive & Well heath store. They have many vegan and paleo options on their menu, and most items can be ordered dairy-free. They serve avocado toasts, burritos, bowls, ramen, banh mi, salads, and more. They also have a full juice and smoothie menu and make their own fresh-pressed coconut milk.
  • Down to Earth – This Hawaiian natural grocery store is purely vegetarian, and they are abundant with dairy-free and vegan products. They also have an amazing in-house deli and bakery, with many dairy-free goodies.
  • Earth Aloha Eats ⭐️ – Their all-vegan menu includes tacos, wraps, bowls, burgers, sandwiches, plates, and crème brulee for dessert.
  • Fork and Salad Maui – This fast-casual restaurant serves sandwiches, grain bowls, salads, and they can make any salad a wrap. Their menu is labeled for gluten-free and dairy-free, but there are only a couple dairy-free “as is” options. But many items can be made dairy-free with the simple omission of cheese. You can also build your own bowl or salad, and they have a huge list of ingredients to choose from.
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – The most popular shave ice spot on the island has several locations. They make their own syrups in house, and often have vegan haupia cream.
  • My Thai Maui – Some Thai restaurants “cheat” and use dairy in some of their recipes. But this Asian spot boldly proclaims that all of their curries are indeed, dairy-free and gluten-free. They also serve vegan options.
  • Zippy’s – This is Hawaii’s major fast food chain. They have an allergen chart, which includes many traditional plate options that are dairy-free. They also have some dairy-free burgers, local stews, sandwiches, and breakfast items.

Kihei

  • Coconut’s Fish Cafe – Thank you to Samantha for this recommendation. “[They] always makes dairy-free items for my daughter. She orders grilled Mahi Mahi with rice.” They serve ono, ahi, mahi mahi, and chicken with your choice of seasonings, and have custom order taco and salad options.
  • Fork and Salad Maui – This fast-casual restaurant serves sandwiches, grain bowls, salads, and they can make any salad a wrap. Their menu is labeled for gluten-free and dairy-free, but there are only a couple dairy-free “as is” options. But many items can be made dairy-free with the simple omission of cheese. You can also build your own bowl or salad, and they have a huge list of ingredients to choose from.
  • Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods – In addition to many vegan grocery items, they have a cafe and juice bar in side with hot and cold foods, and several dairy-free choices.
  • Humble Market Kitchin – Roy Yamaguchi brings several of his famous dishes to this Kihei restaurant. They have some naturally dairy-free items on the menu and are helpful with accommodating special diet requests.
  • Joy’s Place – This daytime cafe offers several vegan options on the menu, including breakfast burritos, raw wraps, and chili. Many additional items can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Maui Bread Company – In addition to their regular line up, they bake vegan and gluten-free banana bread and macnut cookies. They also make their own lilikoi jelly for sale along with a unique “crack sauce.”
  • Maui Gelato and Waffles – They have several vegan gelato flavors daily, including fruity selections and chocolate peanut butter. You can also order dairy-free shakes and floats.
  • Maui Ono Donuts ⭐️ – This is a vegan donut baker. You must order online for pick up or delivery. They have regular and gluten-free cake donut bases. You choose the icing and the toppings.
  • Maui Sweet Shoppe – They don’t make dairy-free ice cream (yet!), but do offer dairy-free Dole Whip and shave ice.
  • Mulligans on the Blue – Just in case you were looking for an Irish pub on Maui, here it is. They have vegan taro burgers and vegan banger’s and mash on the menu, and can make several other dishes without dairy. In addition to “traditional” Irish fare, they serve pupus and Hawaiian breakfast favorites.
  • Sprout Vegan Cafe ⭐️ – Their 100% plant-based and dairy-free menu includes sandwiches, wraps, salads, sushi, smoothies, and desserts.
  • Surfing Monkey Shave Ice – They scoop several flavors of creamy vegan coconut milk-based gelato, with options like Kona Coffee, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel. You can also choose from a big selection of shave ice flavors.
  • Three’s Bar & Grill – Their menu boasts Hawaiian, Southwestern & Pacific Rim fusion fare, so there are many naturally dairy-free options. The staff is reportedly quite helpful with dairy-free and gluten-free needs, too.
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – The most popular shave ice spot on the island has several locations. They make their own syrups in house, and often have vegan haupia cream.
  • Wow Wow Lemonade – Enjoy fresh-pressed lemonades (with sugar-free options), dairy-free acai bowls, superfood smoothies, several toasts, and grain bowls at this Hawaiian-inspired restaurant chain. Most of their menu is dairy-free and they have many vegan options.

Lahaina

  • a’a Roots Health Cafe ⭐️ – Everything on the menu is vegan at this local cafe. They serve smoothies, acai bowls, savory bowls, toasts, sandwiches, salads, and scrambles.
  • Alchemy Maui – They’re known for having several flavors of kombucha on tap, but this local bistro also has a sourdough bakery inside, and serves a few dairy-free options. They have a popular vegan falafel wrap, and a small selection of “paninis” (sans cheese), bowls, tacos, and sides that can be ordered without dairy.
  • Belle Surf Cafe – They are quite friendly about dairy-free options, which include almond, macadamia, soy, and oat milks for coffees, vegan and gluten-free house made granola, chia puddings, dairy-free optional toasts, and their whole smoothie and smoothie bowl menu is dairy-free.
  • Choice Health Bar ⭐️ – This is a fantastic option for fresh, plant-based cuisine. Their dairy-free, all-vegan menu (with the exception of bee pollen and honey) is filled with smoothies, juices, acai bowls, raw desserts, and a healthy selection of savory eats. They have two Lahaina locations, one near Lahaina town and one in Whaler’s Village.
  • Cool Cat Cafe – They offer two types of vegan veggie patties and offer dairy-free ciabatta for burgers. So many of their burgers and sandwiches can be ordered dairy free.
  • Duke’s Maui – Duke’s restaurants are well known for accommodating food allergies, and we’ve always found delicious options. It’s a great spot for pupus or dinner, and they do have a few options at breakfast.
  • Earth Aloha Eats ⭐️ – Their all-vegan menu includes tacos, wraps, bowls, burgers, sandwiches, plates, and crème brulee for dessert.
  • Farmer’s Market Maui – This is a local, organic, vegetarian cafe with many vegan options. Their smoothies and acai bowls are all dairy-free (they use juice, coconut water, almond milk, or soy milk and their protein is Sun Warrior). Their sandwich and burger menu has many vegan creations, and their salads and wraps are customizable.
  • Hula Grill Kaanapali – We recommended their Oahu location, which is very friendly to dairy-free guests and has some tasty options. Samantha commented that the Maui restaurant is equally wonderful. “At the time we went, my daughter ordered a kids steak and said it was the best steak she’d ever had.”
  • Lappert’s Ice Cream / Lahaina Dole Whip – Inside this popular ice cream shop, you’ll discover dairy-free Dole Whip, sorbet, and shave ice options.
  • Lahaina Fish Co – Fish is front and center on their menu, but they also have some meat and vegan entrees, for those who don’t like seafood. Many of their dishes are dairy-free, and they have a vegan mocha silk dessert.
  • Maui’s Best Banana Bread + Coffee – When you think of Hawaii, you might not be thinking banana bread, but this cute shop is a must stop. They have a banana bread bar, with vegan options, and coffee drinks you can order with coconut, almond, soy, or oat milk. They also offer smoothies and have a petite breakfast and lunch menu with a couple dairy-free choices.
  • Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate – This local chocolate factor offers tours and tastings, and they do offer a couple types of fine, dairy-free, kosher parve dark chocolate.
  • Moku Roots ⭐️ – This is a completely dairy-free and mostly vegan (one item is made with eggs and a few drinks use honey) restaurant. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner with a full menu of sandwiches, burritos, wraps, bowls, and plates. They also have a full bar and happy hour.
  • Ono Gelato ⭐️ – This quaint ice cream store typically offers a handful of daily non-dairy flavors. They often include creamy chocolate, coconut, and various sorbetto fruit flavors. They also sell other sweets and treats, with a few dairy-free surprises.
  • Roy’s – The Hawaii locations are not a part of the mainland Roy’s chain, so they still retain a lot of the original charm. Their Hawaiian-Asian fusion menu has several dairy-free items as is or with customization, and they do accommodate vegan guests, too.
  • The Plantation House Restaurant – This upscale restaurant provides a picturesque dining experience with sweeping views and elegant island fare. Their menu isn’t dairy heavy, and has several naturally dairy-free dishes. We’ve also been told by readers that they also do an excellent job catering to dairy-free and vegan guests, on request. Gluten-free options are clearly labeled.
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – The most popular shave ice spot on the island has several locations. They make their own syrups in house, and often have vegan haupia cream.

Makawao

  • Freshies Maui – This breakfast and lunch cafe touts itself as a great spot for plant-based and omnivorous diners. They offer vegan options, like tofu scramble, coconut yogurt, and vegan sausage gravy.
  • Satori ⭐️ – You don’t need to worry about cream cheese or krab (with a ‘k’ often contains milk!) at this farm-to-table sushi restaurant. Their fusion menu features local fish and fresh flavors, and is completely dairy free.
  • Sip Me – At this local tea and coffeehouse you can order dairy-free lattes and smoothies, vegan breakfast burritos, and vegan superfood cookies.

Paia

  • Artisan Ice Cream by Cafe Des Amis – Their signature flavors include creamy vegan coconut macadamia ice cream, and they typically have additional vegan options on rotation. They also make vegan shakes with your choice of almond or oat milk. Samantha commented on our Facebook that this was “the BEST ice cream we’ve ever had.”
  • Choice Health Bar ⭐️ – This local plant-based chain has a lovely cafe in the paia town center. Their dairy-free, all-vegan menu (with the exception of bee pollen and honey) is filled with smoothies, juices, acai bowls, raw desserts, and a healthy selection of fresh savory eats.
  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
  • Mana Foods – Do some special diet shopping and pick up some wonderful premade foods at this local grocery store, deli, and bakery. They carry a wide range of dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and keto brands. But they also have several dairy-free Thai, sushi, and Hawaiian dishes in their deli, and they make fresh sandwiches daily with their house bread. Their bakery makes various loaves, with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan choices, along with some vegan scones, cakes, and other treats.
  • Paia Bowls – They specialize in acai, blue majik, and smoothie bowls, but also offer coffee drinks. All of their menu items can be made dairy-free and vegan.
  • Paia Gelato – They offer two dairy-free sorbettos made with fruit from local farmers, Maui Pineapple and Kula Strawberry. But they also have a full dairy-free smoothie menu, and have a savory menu with vegan hummus bagels, and bagel sandwiches that can be made dairy-free.
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – The most popular shave ice spot on the island has several locations. They make their own syrups in house, and often have vegan haupia cream.
  • Vana Paia – Sure, it isn’t hard to find dairy-free sushi, but his restaurant serves an elevated menu with fresh local fish, real crab California rolls, and Asian-style skewers. They also offer dairy-free mochi for dessert.

Wailea

  • Surfing Monkey Shave Ice – They scoop several flavors of creamy vegan coconut milk-based gelato, with options like Kona Coffee, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel. You can also choose from a big selection of shave ice flavors.

Wailuku

  • Farmacy Health Bar – This vegetarian cafe blends dairy-free smoothies and acai bowls, and serves many vegan options, including soups, burgers, tacos, and a healthy, meatless version of loco moco.
  • The Empanada Lady Restaurant & Bar – For authentic Caribbean flavors, hit up this cheerful cafe. They serve a vegan menu of lunches and have a few other dairy-free options.
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – The most popular shave ice spot on the island has several locations. They make their own syrups in house, and often have vegan haupia cream.

Dairy-Free Maui: The Best Restaurants & Shops by City with gluten-free and vegan optionsPhoto from My Thai Maui in Kahului

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Maui

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Maui. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Ku’ia – Look for their locally crafted dark chocolate in gift shops and other stores.
  • Maui Artisan Sourdough – San Franciscan tradition baked fresh on Maui. They are located inside Alchemy Maui, but sell their classic dairy-free loaves in local stores, too.
  • Maui Ulu Hummus – This unique spread is made with local breadfruit and macadamia nuts instead of chickpeas and sesame. It’s made by the Maui Breadfruit Company.
  • Pono Pies – These creamy pies are dairy-free and gluten-free, and made with breadfruit by the Maui Breadfruit Company.

Dairy-Free Maui: The Best Restaurants & Shops by City with gluten-free and vegan options Photo from Fork and Salad in Kahului and Kihei

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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