My two week vacation in Maui is sadly coming to an end! I have spent the last 12 days scouring the island for amazing food and I have not been disappointed. I am not much for buying souvenirs with the exception of buying local food. Here are my top 5 choices for Maui-made products to bring home:

5. Coffee
Though coffee is not native to Hawaii, the climate and topography offers some of the most ideal growing conditions in the world! There are plenty of companies to choose from, including the famous beans grown on the Kona coast. For a local Maui company, I liked Lava Java. The plants were brought over from Kona and now they are nestled on the slopes of the local volcano Haleakala. I visited the shop in Kihei almost everyday for a nice iced latte. https://www.lavajavamaui.com

The Espresso Roast from the local Lava Java company

The Espresso Roast from the local Lava Java company

4. Salt
I have a bit of an obsession with salt and it is one of my favorite souvenirs to buy when I travel. I was very happy to see that Maui has an extensive array of different salts available. One of the most prominent companies was started by a local named Nancy Gove. Her company Pacifica Hawaii has numerous salt flavours from Black Lava to Koloa Rum. These salts are sold in many places but here’s a tip: for the cheapest price, visit the Foodland grocery store in South Kihei! https://www.pacificahawaii.com/index.php

Blush Lava salt from Pacifica Hawaii

Blush Lava salt from Pacifica Hawaii

3. Wine
The winery at Ulupalakua in the Upcountry region of Maui has been around since 1974 and they make both wine and fruit based wines. I have really been enjoying the Maui Splash fruit wine. With it’s pineapple and passion fruit taste, this wine mixed with a bit of soda water and lots of ice is a great sipper in the hot Hawaii sun. And for a lovely $11 price (retails for $13 if you buy it at winery) I have been sipping away perhaps a bit more than I should admit. https://www.mauiwine.com/

The wonderful fruity Maui Splash pineapple wine.

The wonderful fruity Maui Splash pineapple wine.

2. Granola
Okay, I’m cheating a bit on this one. I have totally been digging on Anahola Granola, a company that is actually based on the island of Kauai. I have been having a bowl of the Tropical flavour with ripened papaya, coconut, pineapple, and local Hawaiian honey. You can buy this granola in most stores throughout Maui and they even ship to Canada! https://anaholagranola.com/index.php

The Tropical flavour granola from Anahola Granola

The Tropical flavour granola from Anahola Granola

1. Local Jam/Jelly
I went to the local swap meet in Kahului that happens every Saturday and I discovered one of my favorite things! The company is called Jeff’s Jams and Jellies and he makes local spreads that are to die for. I was partial to the Lilikoi Lavender Jelly (lilikoi is also known as passion fruit) but I also bought the Kula onion jelly, spicy mango jelly and the pineapple coconut jam. Jeff (the owner and chef of the company) was born and raised on Maui and his products really make a fantastic local gift. I am going to have a really hard time parting with these spreads that I bought for friends, I’m hoping they will crack them open when I happen to be around. https://www.jeffsjamsandjellies.com/index.html

Local spreads from Jeff's Jams and Jellies

Local spreads from Jeff’s Jams and Jellies

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