Joy's Place

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 5 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Small cafe serves mostly organic, creative dishes such as nut/falafel burger, fresh soups, mostly vegan desserts, a few raw dishes, and assorted beverages. Menu specifies which items are vegan. Turkey and tuna are the only non-vegetarian foods served. Across from the "cove" and Kalama Park. Meets the Israeli "Vegan Friendly" standard. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Non-veg
1993 S Kihei Rd (Kanani, South Maui)
Kihei, Hawaii 96753

Open Mon-Sat 8am-3pm.



First Review by veganpastagirl


  • vegan

not impressed

2 Posted on 04 / 21 / 2013

Wide enough choice of vegan/vegetarian food but nothing particularly impressive. Staff seemed evidently annoyed when we asked for two smoothies and made us feel uncomfortable.



  • vegetarian


4 Posted on 12 / 14 / 2012

I had read about this place on happycow some years back and have eaten here twice. Was just here in December 2012. Here's my Joy's Place review.

My first time eating here back in 2010 was better. There were more raw and vegan choices back then.

This time around, it seemed that the menu has added more turkey, chicken, fish, though still offering some of the raw wraps and desserts.

Vegans should be aware that the veggie burger patty contains egg white, according to the owner. She is Joy, the woman who works in the kitchen making the food.

We told the young woman at the counter that we wanted a vegan item, so she suggested that we get an avocado sandwich. It's not written on the board, but Joy could easily make it up. Cost $9. Other items on the menu cost from $11-12/each.

We also got a cup of the veggie chili with brown rice (vegan). It was rather peppered but tasty.

For dessert, we got one each of raw chilled cream. One with mango, the other with passion fruit. Both were delicious. Small portions but yummy.

Joy's space is very basic and small with a couple tables for seating. We got our food to-go and took it to the beach across the street.

On our previous trip we got the Indo crunch wrap (grilled tempeh with peanut dressing, sliced raw veggies and sprouts in a rice wrap), a live nut burger (almond and sunflower pate, slice of tomato, tahini sauce, avocado, onion, and sprouts all folded inside a sheet of chard), and a sweetened organic iced coffee with soy milk option. From the dessert case, we choose a vegan brownie, and a rice pudding (with brown rice, syrup, raisins, and bits of fresh pineapple). The chili was very good. The Indo crunch wrap was delicious. The live nut burger was tasty, though the chard did not hold the burger in -- I suggest using 2 sheets of chard to hold it together. The iced coffee was perfect for that hot Hawiian day. The vegan brownie, though yummy, was more fluffy like cake than brownie. The rice pudding had a very nice flavor, but the rice was a bit hard.

Overall, I enjoyed the first meal better than the second. The prices are not cheap, but I still recommend this as an option for vegetarians and vegans when in Kihei area.

Pros: healthy options, fresh ingredients, raw desserts
Cons: added more meat, not cheap


  • vegan

we ate here 3 times

4 Posted on 07 / 21 / 2011

We loved Joy's. The best breakfast/lunch spot on the south part of Maui. They can get busy and were sometimes short handed, but it is worth the wait & they couldn't be nicer. It may be smart to order on the phone. We got the indo wrap, the pnut sauce is diggity; we got it in the rice wrap. For breakfast, the acai berry bowl w soy instead of yogurt was great. They have some stuff in the fridge that was prepped to go & plenty tasty. Be sure to specify vegan, we had no issues w that but everything we had was so good and felt good, almost lulled to forget still have to specify.
Very good. When folks on the island asked where we liked to go and we talked about Joys, their faces would light up.
Small spot, easy to miss, but worth finding.

Pros: acai, indo tempeh, nice folks


  • vegan

Excellent Food!

4 Posted on 02 / 11 / 2008

This little place has many vegan & vegetarian options (although it offers some turkey and fish). They try to use live veggies and it's a great place for Raw Vegans too! I recommend it!

Pros: raw food, great vegan food, good prices
Cons: slow service


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