My husband and I fell in love with Maui. I was able to successfully eat gluten free in Maui and the restaurants were a pleasure.
The wonderful weather, the greenery, the ocean waves. It is truly paradise. You can watch beginner surfers, hang out on the beach, go for a relaxing yoga class or do some island adventure. There are so many things to do and see.
I love to share the restaurants that I went to and how I explored the island. There were many options, so you can sit back and relax. The restaurants are also broke down by location, so they are easy to find. Where are you going so you can live a Celiac Life Without Borders?
Gluten Free Maui
Before I went to Maui, I had all of these questions rolling around my mind. How is Gluten Free in Maui:
- Is there a gluten free bakery in Maui?
- Are there gluten free restaurants Maui?
- Is gluten free a fad there?
How I was Successfully Gluten Free in Maui
I think that the restaurant service industry in Maui, is very attuned to deal with allergies and gluten free diets. I do not think there is a bad gluten free fad, which is great! I use the following tool to see how the restaurant deals with cross contamination and food preparation. You should take a read through it because you will be able to figure this out for yourself – nothing better than feeling empowered and knowledgeable about how to navigate the dining scene.
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Gluten Free Restaurants Maui
These are great restaurants that you can try. Later on in the article they are categorized by location, but here is the wonderful list for you to preview.
Bakeries and Deserts
Gluten Free Lahaina
Lahaina Grill while not 100% gluten free, they have many items that are marked as gluten free on their menu, click here for it. They cook with natural ingredients and I would recommend ‘From the Sea’ items where they are all gluten free.
Hours of Operation: Served nightly from 5:30 p.m.
Sugar Shop is a 100% gluten free bakery, so there is little to no chance of getting glutened. Why not have delicious treats while on vacation right? You can find some delicious treas. You have to pre-order what you would like because they are delivery only and do not have a storefront anymore. Check out their Facebook page here.
Hours of Operation: Daily from 4pm – 10 pm
Ululanis Hawaiian Shave Ice has homemade syrups from cracked seed and are amazing! When it is hot outside, it is nice to cool down with this flavourful treat.
Hours of Operation: It depends on the location, see the link below for locations and hours at each.
Location: They have multiple locations, see here.
Gluten Free Pai
Mama’s Fish House is an elegant restaurant that will require a reservation and a bit more cash. That being said, it is such a beautiful restaurant right on the water and is a great idea for a special occasion. The restaurant is not 100% gluten free, but the chefs take allergens seriously and take the necessary precautions to prepare a meal safely for someone with celiac. I have a feature on this lovely restaurant, check out how I use my Nima Gluten tester at the restaurant and the lessons that I learned. I had the fresh caught fish and it was so good, click here if you want to see their website.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11 am to 9pm
Location: 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779
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Gluten Free Kihei
Brick Oven is 100% gluten free and everything on the menu is fantastic. This will meet the needs of any family because there are options for any age group and everyone’s taste buds will be delighted. Don’t have time to dine in? Just call ahead and order take out. We ate here often, and I loved the chicken tenders, coconut shrimp and the gourmet pizzas were to die for.
Is definitely the best gluten free pizza in kihei!
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 4pm to 9pm (not open Sundays)
Location: 1215 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, Hawaii 96753
Grand Wailea Resort has great options for a gluten free breakfast. You can eat at the Grand Dining Room and they have individually wrapped Udi’s bread and muffins. You can eat all the fresh fruit you want and check out the omelette station. See their menu here. You can also reserve a table non-line.
Hours of Operation: Breakfast daily from 7 am to 10:30 am.
Location: 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753
Coconut’s Fish Cafe is the place for you if you are craving gluten free tacos. They have a dedicated gluten free prep space in their kitchen. If you notify the servers and chef, they will prepare your food separately. Their menu clearly marks GF items.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10 am to 9 pm.
Location: 1279 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
808 Deli bakes their own gluten free bread and you can partake in a delicious sandwich to take-away. Double check that they follow the same process, but they did have dedicated gluten free toaster for the bread.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Maui Gelato is another fabulous place to grab some treats while on vacation. They have gluten free waffles, with a separate waffle maker, just for gluten free. While a bit pricey, still good. Why not start the day with a waffle covered in fruit and gelato?
Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 9:30 pm.
Restaurants can change owners, chefs and menus: please contact the restaurant to ensure a gluten free meal can still be offered.
Gluten Free Bakery Maui
The Sugar Shop is a completely gluten free bakery, so if you are on holidays and want a treat, I highly recommend this place. It only does delivery with pre-ordering at least 24 hours in advance, so plan it out and enjoy some cupcakes, pies or donuts!
Gluten Free Pizza Maui
The Brick Oven is literally the best gluten free pizza I have ever had. I highly recommend stopping in here. We always pre-ordered and picked it up and ate on the beach, it was awesome!
Gluten Free Groceries in Maui
If you are shopping for groceries, you will be able to find options at all the grocery stores. I found cereals, granola bars and some gluten free pasta. I eat a lot of whole foods, so this is also not a problem. Maui has Safeway, Foodland Farms and Times Supermarket.
To get fresh fruit, stop at the various food stands that you see. The fresh fruit is something I always indulge in.
You head to Hawaiian Moons to stock up on some different brands and awesome gluten free finds. While you are there you can check out their café and get a sandwich on gluten free bread. It is open daily from 8 am to 9 pm for groceries and is located at 2411 South Kihei Road.
Flying to Hawaii
Hawaii is obviously an island, so you will have to fly there. Below are the gluten free meal options for the airlines:
Air Canada Meals – Special meals guidance
United Meals – Special meals guidance
American Airlines Meals – Special meals guidance
Delta Meals – Special meals guidance
Hawaiian Airlines Meals – special meals guidance here.
Finding a Kitchen in Paradise
Searching high and low for somewhere to eat in the morning is my worst nightmare. I love having a huge breakfast in the morning. My favourite food is bacon or sausage and I have it for breakfast all the time.
The best advice I can give you is to get somewhere with a kitchen, so you can cook some of your meals. There are lovely mornings and nothing better than having coffee and breakfast on your balcony.
Use Booking.com abd Airbnb and find a great place in a great location.
The restaurant industry in Hawaii was very good about allergens. But, I still had my gluten tester for when I was doubtful or just wanted that extra assurance. While I was a little nervous at first to use it at our table at the restaurant, it was fine.
My husband was usually done half of his plate before I knew whether mine was gluten free. This is a continuous joke with us now.
Top 3 Things to Do in Maui
Now that you know the best places to eat in Maui, now it is time to plan the rest of your amazing trip. I absolutely loved Maui and here were some fun things to do.
The Big Beach (Makena Beach) does not disappoint as it is just as the name sounds, big. It is a shore break beach, so you will have to stay safe. The good thing is there are lifeguards that are on watch and will announce the safety of the water throughout the day.
Driving down the ocean front, there are so many cute little beaches that you can find and relax at. Sometimes we would drive and sometimes we walked to a little beach by us. I would walk home and have a siesta and then jump in the pool.
Driving to Hana
A Maui adventure would not be complete without driving to Hana. There are waterfalls and beautiful views along the whole way. The views of lively colours was seriously paradise. I love that Hawaii is so conscience of keeping nature pure. The Garden of Eden was a nice spot to get out of the car, to feed the ducks and to stretch our legs in a beautiful setting.
I am not brave enough to surf. I like to read on the beach or do some calming yoga. My husband, on the other-hand, wanted to learn how to surf. It was so nice seeing him have such a big smile whenever he came back from the water. He took some beginner lessons and fell in love. Maybe this is for you.
A holiday would not be complete without getting some unique Hawaiian souvenirs. I love to purchase local things that really represent the culture and place. For the best Hawaiian souvenirs, check this list out.
Gluten Free Maui
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Every Hawaiian island has its perks. Check out the to see the Best Gluten Free Island in Hawaii to make up your mind. Do you already know that you are heading to Oahu? If yes, check out this Gluten Free Guide to Oahu. If you are already going to the Big Island, then here is a Gluten Free Guide to the Big Island.
Well, I am so glad that I was lucky enough to explore Maui. I can see more of it in the future. Perhaps a family holiday with my extended family or a total date get-away.
Hawaii Books That May Interest YOu
Sometimes it is best to explore with your eyes. Sometimes it is better to read about the place before you go. If you are in the latter group, check these out:
Cheers, I hope you enjoyed my lovely trek,
Brett – The Ultimate Gluten Free Traveller