Why are people drawn to vegetarianism? Some just want to live longer, healthier lives. Others have made the switch to preserve Earth's natural resources or from a love of animals and an ethical opposition to eating them.
Full disclosure: I am not a Vegetarian or Vegan. I am also a meat eating, picky eater so when my friends wanted to meet me for brunch at Moku Roots, Maui’s hot new vegetarian restaurant, I was skeptical. Mind you, I do care about our environment and the idea of fresh ingredients actually grown on Maui is quite appealing.
If you are a vegetarian or just like to eat healthy, Moku Roots is the go-to vegetarian restaurant on Maui. Our ingredients are primarily grown local at Mala ‘Akala Farms just 6 miles away so we are truly farm to table. We are proud of what we do so if you want to know where a specific ingredient comes from, just ask.
Moku Roots has some very delectable, signature menu items that are available every time you come in…We also change up our menu everyday too! Not only is change the spice of life, but since we are committed to providing the Maui community with the freshest organic ingredients, whatever is in season and available greatly dictates what foods we serve too!
We cannot wait for the day when straws are a thing of the past! When you think about it…What is the point? If you’re really that adamant about sipping your drink through one, be adamant about saving the planet and countless marine creatures and wildlife too and bring your own (: You can even get creative and self-expressive when it comes to toting around your personal, individualized straw. Really, the possibilities are endless! Think papaya stem, bamboo shoot, or even a reusable metal or glass straw!
1. Eat plants!
Locally grown fruits and vegetables take far less resources to produce than meat while simultaneously providing clean for us to breathe. Who doesn't want to support that?
That’s right! The notoriously horrible, deadly, and non-biodegradable substance is FINALLY — and rightfully — going to be outlawed on Maui! Effective December 31, 2018, any restaurant or other business distributing products made from styrofoam will be help accountable for their short-sighted actions!
Let’s take a moment to talk about kalo — also known as taro. Taro is one of the earliest cultivated plants in the islands, and is therefore one of the most important resources to Hawaiians. Adding to its significance, the taro plant and its many components can be utilized in a wide variety of ways. Since the plant loves the growing conditions on Maui, and is very versatile, nutritious, and organic, it has become a key player in the green and vegan/vegetarian platform of Moku Roots as well!
Moku Roots’ menu is about 95% vegan and 100% vegetarian - offering local eggs - and operates with the absolute highest integrity of purchasing ingredients with putting locally sourced, organically grown, and minimal packaging above price and convenience always.
Maui is a place that most anything can not only grow — but thrive! When you look around, you’re bound to see a towering mango tree, a rambling lilikoi vine, or a ripe bunch of bananas. Since Maui has a wide range of micro-climates, that translates to a wide range of fruits and vegetables that can be grown locally.
At this point, pretty much everyone knows how proud I am of how little trash we produce at Moku Roots. I think it’s also notable that we haven’t bought trash bags since we opened on May 1st. Some people bring us produce in bags and we just repurpose those as trash bags along with other miscellaneous bags that come into our lives such as my dogs 50 lb bag of food.