Mana Foods

Mana Foods - A Feel-Good Organic Market with a Serious Selection
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Mana Foods is more than a grocery store for people on the north shore of Maui. Located in the heart of Paia town, this market has partnered with more than 400 local vendors to provide one of the most impressive selections in the whole state. Known for its organic food and sustainable practices, Mana Foods is also heavily involved with the nonprofits of Maui to promote lasting change. 

- The Local Expert Team

Mana Foods may look like a typical grocery store at first glance, but this community institution has more than a few qualities that set it apart. Since 1983, founder Ed Thielk has committed himself to serving customers and giving vendors an opportunity to shine. 

Located on the north shore of Maui, Mana Foods employs more than 150 people and stocks its shelves with the help of more than 400 local vendors. This business is known for having the best selection on the island. From supplements to smoothies, the business chooses items that promote both physical and mental health. The array of local, organic products to be found is truly remarkable. What’s more, 50% of all produce is local and 90% is either certified organic or unsprayed. 

Departments include:

  • Bakery 
  • Deli 
  • Specialty Cheese
  • Meat, Fish, Poultry
  • Produce 
  • Health and Beauty 
  • Bulk Foods 
  • Gifts 

Affordable Snacks and Meals
Mana Foods isn’t just known for their quality, they’re known for their prices. Visitors on the hunt for delicious snacks and ingredients can find an abundance of practically anything without having to blow their budget. It’s easy to stop in for a piece of fruit only to leave with a deli tray that the whole family can enjoy all day long at the beach. Whether stopping in for emergency suntan lotion or to see what kind of souvenirs they have, we highly encourage you to check out more than one aisle. 

Sustainable Practices 
Mana Foods is known for its organic products, but its mission goes further than simply partnering with the right vendors. In every department, sustainable practices have been implemented to protect the delicate ecosystem of Hawaii. Nothing green goes in the trash, and local farmers must use the company’s compostable byproducts.

All the to-go containers in the deli are made from corn and any plastic wear you use is biodegradable. All the lighting is LED and all freezers and coolers are energy efficient. Mana Foods also boasts a solar energy system that really pays off in the sun-soaked county. 

Voted the Community Business of the Year 
Over the years, Mana Foods has received numerous honors and recognitions for its products, customer service, and culture. One of its most notable accomplishments was when Mayor Michael Victorino named Mana Foods the Community Business of the Year in 2021.

This award was given by the people of the County of Maui for the company’s commendable service to residents and visitors alike. What’s more, it’s also one of the most generous benefits to nonprofits in the county. Mana Foods donates $.05 for every bag that a person brings in. The company also donates gift cards to the Paia Youth & Cultural Center’s (PYCC) Paia Bay Cafe Life Skills Program to promote good nutrition through cooking. Many of the company’s gifts are given without calling any attention to the business, a fact that highlights this enterprise’s true intentions. 

This business clearly has a handle on what the community is looking for, particularly when our collective health is such a priority. Thankfully, the staff are as helpful to visitors as they are locals. Anyone who wants to support businesses that reflect their personal values is likely to find what they’re looking for here.  

Insider Tips:
-You can find special hours for seniors on Mondays and Fridays where the store opens at 7:30 a.m. instead of the usual 8 a.m.
-The market and the parking lot can become very crowded, but street parking is available. 
-Customers can find prepared foods or ingredients to make their own meals.