Amazing Maui Agriculture

While most people who visit Maui come for the beach, the surf, the snorkeling, and the overall beauty of the Valley Isle, they don’t always think about the readily available food that’s available all over the place. From the well-known fresh banana bread to tropical pineapple drinks to the luau bounty and the relatively unknown fine cuisine served in Maui, many use locally sourced ingredients.

Maui’s agricultural history reaches back centuries, and is deeply rooted in culture, tradition, and the diversity of people that inhabit the Island.

What We Grow

You might think that pineapples and coconuts are the primary crops grown in Maui. They’re here, but so are other crops, like:

  • Coffee
  • Beets
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuces and other fresh greens
  • Bananas
  • Jackfruit
  • Avocado
  • Papaya
  • Cacao (chocolate)
  • Taro
  • Strawberries
  • Guava
  • Potatoes
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Alfalfa

The different elevations throughout Maui means that a wide variety of crops can be grown easily, provided the farmer understands the conditions for each plant. Food crops grown on Maui are locally consumed as well as exported around the world.

Grown On Maui

Hawaii imports roughly 90% of its food from the Mainland, either flown in or shipped from elsewhere. That means that in the event of a disruption such as a hurricane, earthquake or man-made disaster, the state would potentially have between three and ten days of food available before it ran out. Because of this precarious situation, many residents want to make sure Maui and all of Hawaii can become more self-sufficient in food production.

This initiative by the Maui Farm Bureau aims to encourage Islanders to buy more locally produced foods of all kinds. Dedicated to supporting Maui County’s local agricultural community, “Grown On Maui” began as an idea in 2011 by three Maui chefs who wanted to feature “farm-to-table” salads on their menus.

Localicious Dine Out Maui encourages diners to seek out restaurants serving “Grown On Maui” salads and helps further Growing Future Farmers to encourage more residents to begin farming and help expand the availability of locally sourced ingredients.  

Let Hana Kai Maui Host Your Maui Getaway

People come from around the world to visit Maui, and it’s easy to see why. Maui is home to a wide range of locally grown food that’s as close to the farm as you can get. It’s fresh and delicious, and widely available on the Island.

When it’s time for you to experience Maui agriculture, call to book your next reservations at 1-800-346-2772, or book directly online. We’re open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Hawaii time to answer all of your questions. Get in touch today to begin reserving your visit to Hana Kai Maui.