It’s quite evident that economy has taken a brutal hit during our Maui’s stay at home orders along with the rest of the world. So I wanted to take a moment to first thank all those out there saving lives and working the essential jobs to keep life afloat. But now, its time to look at what we can do during these times to help eachother, particularly those who are taking a hard hit. Since I live on Maui, I will concentrate on Maui’s local farmers, restaurants and non-profits.
Many businesses had to adapt faster to survive. Which means many had to go online and do take out or deliveries during these social distancing times.
What makes Maui great besides the gorgeous weather, beaches, waves and mountains? The incredibly talented, creative, dedicated people of our island. Below is a list of local Maui restaurant businesses, non profits and farmers you may want to consider buying from, donating or remember them the next time you want to buy a present, dine, or buy groceries.
Farmers On Maui
Upcountry Farmers Market http://www.upcountryfarmersmarket.com/index.html
Laakea Farms https://laakeavillage.org/
Hana Fresh Farm Stand http://hanahealth.org/hana-fresh/farm-stand/
Ono Farms https://www.onofarms.com/
Napili’s Farmers Market https://www.napilifarmersmarket.com/
Kumu Farms: You can pick up a box of veggies and fruit and home made bread and jams at https://kumufarms.com/ Also makes great gifts!
You want great sourdough bread and baked goods. Try Pearl Island Bakery.
There are so much more. Go to the farmers markets!
Go here for more farmers and food companies specific to Maui
For more lists on farmers and restaurants statewide click on this link below.
Earlier this week, the nonprofit launched a new section to its Food-A-Go-Go platform, Food-A-Go-Go Farms, in an effort to assist and promote local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Just as Food-A-Go-Go lists restaurants that are open for take-out, delivery and pickup, the new addition compiles info on farmers markets and local growers. Food-A-Go-Go Farms also features other food producers in two categories — Aloha Inside for food products made in Hawaii, and Local Inside, which refers to products made with local ingredients. Here’s the link to sign up if you have a business that you would like to add !
Support our local restaurants (who in turn also supports some of our farmers too!) Many of them do take out, curbside pickup. To see a good list click here. Things are changing daily so check in to see any updates.
By the way, the University of Maui Culinary Arts Program ranked #1 survey of the 25 best associate in culinary arts programs in the United States according to 2020 gradreports.
https://mauinow.com/2020/05/03/uhmc-culinary-named-no-1-in-the-us/ What an achievement! One of best-known secrets is Class ACT. Class Act is a student run dining restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Once we are able to dine in, I would recommend you try this place. It is real treat. https://www.opentable.com/leis-family-class-act-restaurant
Our Maui Artists and Crafsmans
Maui Craft Guild https://www.mauicraftsguild.com/
Worcestor Glass https://worcesterglassworks.com/
Strini Glass https://www.striniartglass.com/
Evan Schauss https://www.schaussglassuniverse.com/
For a list of Artist and Craftsmen you can also go to the Virtual Seabury Craft Fair here https://www.seaburyhall.org/parents/craft-fair-2020
Donate to Maui Local Non-Profits
Maui Food Bank https://mauifoodbank.org/
Maui Health Foundation https://www.mauihealth.org/foundation/about-us/
Aloha House https://www.aloha-house.org/
Maui Humane Society http://www.mauihumanesociety.org/
Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation https://hawaiianimalrescue.org/
Feed My Sheep https://www.feedmysheepmaui.com/
Maui United Way https://mauiunitedway.org/
Imua Family Services https://www.imuafamilyservices.org/donate/ways-to-give/
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project https://mauiforestbirds.org/
Maui Pops Orchestra http://mauipops.org/
Maui Wishing Well https://www.ramaui.com/foundation/wishing-well-for-maui-students/
Woman Helping Woman https://www.womenhelpingwomenmaui.com/
Arc of Maui http://www.arcofmaui.org/
The list goes on and on. There is so much more that I have not listed or even not aware of. Find one that speaks to you and if you have the resources, time or both, please consider them.
These is a new program in the works to support our local business!
Mayor Victorino, in conjunction with the Office of Economic Development (OED), is launching a new “Kama’aina First” Program on June 1, 2020 to help jump start our local economy.
The “Kama’aina First” program will feature businesses who are offering
kama’aina deals and will have a “one-stop” online site where kama’aina
can find those deals. With the summer approaching, OED wants to
encourage our residents to stay on island and continue to support our
local businesses, especially those who normally serve the visitor
industry. So once I know, I will post it on this LivingOnMaui..com blog!
I wish you to stay safe, and much aloha. Until we meet again.. a hui hou.
Jeannie Kong-Evarts REALTOR®(S) RS-68054
808-276-1832 email: Jeannie@JeannieKong.com
Maui Real Estate Adviors LLC