Address: 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8755 Cuisine: Health Food Region: Upcountry Price: affordable Amenities: Take-out Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. This health food store seems like the gathering place of Upcountry. We dare you to find a salad, sandwich or snack that isn't delicious.
Best Vegetarian, Winner Mana Foods Address: 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8078 Website: http://www.manafoodsmaui.com Mana Foods is actually located on the site of my childhood church. Yes, it’s true. Today it’s all about organic produce, free-range meat and granola bars and yesterday (okay, twenty-some years ago) it was all about Jesus. Maybe that’s why Mana is so divine when it comes to the whole vegetarian scene. Their deli, hot food bar and salad bar are phenomenal. Here is where you come for the best teriyaki tofu ever. I just want to remind you readers about a little something though: Mana Foods isn’t only vegetarian. Nope, but that doesn’t take anything away from its healthy goodness. You’ll find everything here from seitan to grass fed beef , and its all high quality at a good price.
Best Health Food Store, Winner Mana Foods Address: 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8078 Website: http://www.manafoodsmaui.com Shopping at most natural food stores is not too different from spending the weekend in Waikiki, in that you might as well just turn your wallet upside down an pour its contents into the ocean. This is not so with Mana Foods. Numerous times, I have exited this mecca for the health conscious rather surprised at the comparatively low sum I had to fork over for my B complex, sprouted tofu and Molokai papayas. While price is a major factor in the place’s appeal, the variety they feature in all departments—especially produce and supplements—are also a draw. This is the only place on-island where you’ll find Indian dhoop, which are these tiny incense sticks that smell the way honey wishes it tasted—and at around 30 cents a box. 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, 808-579-8078. KB
BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE, Winner Mana Foods Address: 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8078 Website: http://www.manafoodsmaui.com Every time I go into Mana Foods—celebrating 25 years serving Maui’s health food community—it’s a hub of activity. From their quaint light-green storefront, you enter into an emporium of organic, natural, gourmet and prepared foods. They also have vitamins, home and garden goods, books, body care and organic clothes. There’s a bakery and a hot food section that features vegan, vegetarian and lots of gluten free options. Their customer service is great, and they put a lot of thought into the providing the best products at the best prices. I love the produce section, where they feature a bounty of Maui grown veggies. Whether you’re shopping for groceries or just looking for a good-for-your-body snack, Mana Foods is the spot.