Solutions to cold & flu season? Here's what we recommend!

Yes, we still get colds in Hawaii, and some of you may be current living proof of this fact. And, while we're not doctors and definitely advise you to use your best judgement on health related issues, there are a few products that we've found to be most helpful in ridding and preventing the common cold and flu. 


Our favorites when it comes to kicking the common cold and flu...

  • Sinus Blaster Professional Strength - (Spray and Drops) - Breath easier and boost your immune system with these products! 

"Proprietary Blend: Fresh Horseradish Root, Echinacea Augustifolia Root, Fresh Spilanthes Herb, Elderberry, Garlic, Cayenne Fruit, Olive Leaf, Horehound Herb, Licorice Root, Peppermint Oil, Boneset Herb, Goldenseal Root, Wild Cherry Bark, Fresh Osha Root, Andrographis Herb, Onion, Yarrow Herb"

"Other Ingredients:  Deionized Water, Grain Alcohol (30-40% by volume), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Honey" -Vitality Works

  • Kick Ass Biotic

"Once you're past the point of no return and nothing else seems to do the trick, then reach for WishGarden Herbs' Kick-Ass Biotic. This formula is a powerful combination of herbs that support the body while encouraging your natural immune response."
"Active Ingredients: Usnea lichen, Bee Propolis, Myrrh gum, Goldenseal root, Baptisia root, Boneset aerials, Red Root, Hops strobiles, Echinacea Angustifolia root, Echinacea Purpurea root, 
"Other Ingredients: Organic gluten-free alcohol, vegetable glycerine & Rocky Mountain artesian spring water." -Wishgarden

Customer satisfaction rates and successful personal experiences have been the tests that have placed these three products at the top of our cold and flu solutions list.

All three items are found in our vitamin room and we're happy to talk with you about these or any other products that we believe may make your cold and flu season minimal or even non-existent!  

Pies! Pies! Pies! And above all, so thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving Maui! You make our world turn and we're eternally grateful for you, this incredible community, and the present moment. 

And, there really is no denying it, we also have a serious love affair with pies ... We're so grateful for fresh baked, mouthwatering pies. 

It's always amazing to see how much more variety we can pack into an already full category of goodies. But, thanks to your support and our incredible team of cooks and bakers, the bar keeps getting raised and we're excited to offer the following options to your Thanksgiving celebration.

All of our pies are made in house, with only the highest quality ingredients! Here's what we've got for you this year (while supplies last)!

Regular Pies

  • Cherry 
  • Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Apple
  • Pumpkin
  • Pecan 
  • Macadamia Nut

Gluten Free Pies

  • Pumpkin
  • Vegan Pumpkin
  • Pecan 
  • Macadamia Nut 
  • Apple
  • Vegan Apple

Happy Thanksgiving! We love you Maui!

Natural Deodorants That Actually Work? Problem Solved!

Are there natural deodorants, for both men and women, that really work? Here are a few of my best answers...


I find this question to be quite common. People seem to be perpetually in search of a natural deodorant that seriously works (even for the stinkiest of people).

I used to be one of these people. And, throughout my relentless, lengthy search I often found that most natural deodorants either did absolutely nothing, or left me wondering if my body oder smelled worse than if I'd skipped the deodorant all together. But, I finally found a few answers, even for the sweatiest, smelliest underarms!


Thanks To Nature De France LeStick Deodorant and Aubrey Organics Deodorant, the search (at least for me) is permanently over. And, the reviews from several others, in a similar predicament who took my advice, have been overwhelmingly positive. 

I realize that I may sound a bit like an infomercial right now, and for that I'm sorry (to both you and myself). However, I honestly think that this issue is an important one, and I know that a lot of people are looking for answers on this front. 

Also, this is not just about smelling bad ... The use of toxic deodorants has been linked to increased risks of Alzheimer's, various types of Cancer, and many other horrible health issues.

So, for the sake of personal hygiene and health, I will stomach the temporary infomercial-ish tone, and hopefully we'll all walk away with a few answers. 

For Women My Recommendation is Le Stick Deodorant (sold in the Mana Foods Vitamin Room), an all natural french white clay deodorant made by Nature De France.

It's an aluminum free deodorant, made with mineral rich white clay and baking soda, and keeps you dry and stink-free! It does not contain any alcohol, aluminum, artificial preservatives or colorants, and there is no animal testing done with this product.

For Men My Recommendation is Men's Stock Natural Dry Herbal Pine Deodorant made by Aubrey Organics (sold in the Mana Foods Vitamin Room).

This deodorant is made with all natural and vegan ingredients. "Natural herbal extracts keep you fresh-smelling all day without harsh ingredients or preservatives." -Aubrey Organics

It does not contain glyceryl linolenate, fragrance, or cetyl-alcohol, and there is no animal testing done with this product.

So, maybe give these two products a shot, I would not have the time or energy to sit here and write this if I didn't honestly think that they're worth using! Best of luck with the natural deodorant search, hopefully this ends it for many of you once and for all!


Disclaimer: These are my opinions and although I highly recommend both of these products, these recommendations are based purely on my personal experience of them.

By Haley Ferguson | 9/30/16 | New & Featured Prodcuts | Mana Foods

Essential Oils - A Booming Industry Where The Brand DOES Matter!


Meet Veriditas Botanicals, Where Organic Is The celebrated Norm & Environmentally Green Business Practices Are A Guarantee! 

"Ask anyone what an essential oil is and you’re bound to get some vague responses, all of which tend to revolve around aroma. The surprising truth is the average American consumes essential oils every single day. They are everywhere. Whether distilled or extracted, essential oils are in your soaps, lotions, food, breath mints, even soda. Those 23 magical flavors in Dr. Pepper? Essential oils." -Veriditas Botanicals

At Mana Foods We Pride Ourselves on Choosing Wisely When It Comes To The Quality of Products and The Integrity of Business Practices. Our Vitamin Room Is Stacked With Products That Have Made The Cut, Which Is Exactly Why We Proudly Carry Veriditas Botanicals Line of 100% Organic Essential Oils.

With a plethora of essential oil options, we thought we'd tell you a bit about why we say YES to Veriditas Botanicals.

"According to Melissa Farris (the founder of Veriditas Botanicals), 99% of essential oils manufactured are made for the commercial food and fragrance industry. They are sitting on the shelves of your average grocery store, not just next to the ear candles at MaMa Jean’s. These essential oils, highly altered with chemical enhancers and preservatives, have been stripped of their healing benefits, reduced to flavor and texture, and cranked out for the consumer by a misguided industry. If you take a look at the numbers, this isn’t just an unfortunate practice; it is a threat to the environment."
"From farm to pharmacy, our relationships are the cornerstone of how and why we do business." -Veriditas Botanicals
"If organic land management and artisanal quality are important to you, then support organic essential oils and discover the healing difference."

A few good reasons that Mana Foods is a believer in Veriditas Botanicals... 

  • "We believe that when we support small organic farms we are taking a revolutionary stand to promote healing of our bodies, the earth, and local economies."
  • "We are the first essential oil line to embody the Co-op Trade Movement on every level of business, and everyone we do business with."
  • "We are an active member of a Co-op in Provence, France. Over 85% of our oils come from our Co-op; the remainder are sourced directly from organic farmers and distillers.
  • "We are an intentionally small, Minnesota based company. We work exclusively with Co-ops and independent retailers; and they have made us a leading essential oil line in the United States."
  • "We are the only major essential oil line that does not sell retail to consumers; we send all customers to our retail partners."
  • "We do not work with essential oil brokers. Our direct relationships with farmers and distilleries allows us to provide the freshest, highest grade essential oils available in the USA at prices that are up to 30% less than the leading competition."
  • "We feature highly effective condition specific Wellness Formulas."
  • "Our education program creates inspired salespeople; able to share valuable information with your community. Melissa Farris, owner, is available for trainings."
  • "We support sales growth with at least two line drives per year at a 20% discount."
  • "We supply to quality, respected manufacturers such as FES, and several other nationally distributed brands."
“We’re in an essential oil craze right now. The industry has seen crazes come and go and I don’t know what’s going to happen next. But I hope people learn how to use these oils as tools and use them wisely. If customers select quality, we can see a beautiful change in the future.”

A. Whitaker

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"HEALTH IS THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT" ... At Mana Foods We Agree & Are Excited To Introduce Hawaii Natural Products & Their Beliefs Regarding The Incredible Health Benefits Of The Noni Fruit!

Hawaii Natural Products, "Dedicated to making the best Noni products available and sharing them with the world," is a local company that Mana is very proud to work with and excited to introduce to you!  

Primary Health Benefits of Noni (source: Hawaii Natural Products)

  • Supports anti-inflammation

  • Supports healthy digestion

  • Supports healthy circulation

  • Helps with pain relief

  • High in Vitamin-C

  • Supports Immune sytem 

  • Relieves constipation 

  • Has antibacterial properties

“We are a small company  located on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best  Noni products available. We  manufacture most of our products ourselves at our factory in Kahului. Our  juice and capsules are made from Hawaiian Organic Noni fruit and our Body Care products are all natural and vegan . We  always make sure to use only the highest quality ingredients available.  We are proud to say that  our products are truly " Made in Maui". Our customers health and well being will always be our number one priority and we are happy to share all that Hawaii has to offer with the world. Mahalo for supporting Hawaii Natural Products.” -Hawaii Natural Products

Mana Foods' Vitamin Room Department regularly carries the following products by Hawaii Natural Products.

  • Noni Juice (Regular and Unpasteurized  

  • Noni Capsules

  • Noni Ginger Turmeric Tonic



About Hawaii Natural Products' Noni Juice 

  • Noni is Hawaii's super-fruit, also known as Hawaii's number one herbal healing fruit. It is native to southeast Asia and well known throughout the Hawaiian and Polynesian islands.
  • Noni is a small evergreen tree that produces a yellow/white fruit resembling a bumpy lemon all year long. It takes between 12 and 18 Noni fruit to fill our 32oz bottle.
  • You will taste and feel the health benefits of our certified organic, enzyme and micro-nutrient rich Noni juice. 
  • Extended use among Hawaiian healers supports the fact that Noni contains valuable compounds that promote healthy living and well being. Modern medical research is now underway to confirm Noni's value as a healing plant. 
  • We use traditional aging and fermentation processes handed down from long ago. We have standardized the process to help maximize the potentially active micro organisms and beneficial components for which Noni is known.
  • Our 100% pure Hawaiian RAW Noni juice has a unique and robust flavor that is simply superior to the other diluted, non-traditional Noni juices on the market.

About Hawaii Natural Products' Noni Capsules

  • Noni capsules have the same benefits as our 100% pure noni juice and also contain the seed and fiber of the fruit.
  • Noni capsules are excellent for keeping regular eliminations (helps prevent and alleviate constipation) and have additional anti-fungal properties.
  • Noni capsules are currently being used in an anti-tumor research project at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • The capsules are lightweight and packed in plastic bottles making them an excellent choice for traveling.
  • One capsule is equal to about 3/4 tablespoon of juice.
  • You will feel the health benefits of our USDA and HOFA certified organic enzyme and micro-nutrient rich Noni capsules. Noni is Hawaii's number one herbal healing fruit. It's importance and extended use among Hawaiian healers supports the fact that Noni contains valuable compounds that promote healthy living and well being.

About Hawaii Natural Products' Noni Ginger Turmeric Tonic  

  • Our Noni Ginger Turmeric Tonic combines 3 of the most potent herbs available, Organic Hawaiian Turmeric root, Organic Yellow Hawaiian Ginger root, Organic Hawaiian Noni juice with Maui raw honey and organic apple cider vinegar to deliver one of the best herbal blends available.
  • Formulated to help boost your immune system and fight off inflammation.
  • All of our ingredients are sustainably farmed in Hawaii. No sugar, no water, no colorant, no chemicals added.

Mana Foods Prioritizes carrying the highest-quality, most environmentally friendly, locally made products by well-run, honest companies. And, on the topic of supporting this mission, we're so grateful for, and happy to work with companies such as Hawaii Natural Products, who's values on this front align directly with ours! 

Aloha and thanks for reading! 

Bone Broth Protein ... And The Health Benefits Worth Considering!

Bone Broth Protein & Why It's a Big Deal In The Nutrition World...

According to our friends at Ancient Nutrition “Bone broth is typically rich in protein, collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and key minerals often missing in the diet. These vital nutrients support a wide range of health benefits and body systems including:" 
  •  Gut and immune system
  • Joints and lean muscle mass
  • Skin, hair and nails
  • Metabolism and a healthy weight

Mana Foods Carries 3 Flavors of Bone Broth Protein - Pure, Vanilla & Turmeric - Located In The Vitamin Room!

"Two major obstacles to experiencing the benefits of bone broth is the time to make it at home and expense to buy it pre-packaged. Introducing Bone Broth Protein™ – a breakthrough in protein supplementation that delivers the benefits of bone broth in an easy to mix and convenient, on-the-go form."
"Not only does Bone Broth Protein pack 20g of gut-friendly and paleo-friendly protein per serving, it also provides Bone Broth Co-Factors such as collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and key electrolyte minerals—to support the health of your gut, joints, muscles, skin and healthy detoxification."   -Ancient Nutrition
"Our mission is to restore our health, strength and vitality by providing history's healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world." – Jordan Rubin | Founder, Ancient Nutrition

Can Vetiver Grass Heal Our Planet? The Answer Might Just Blow Your Mind & Make Your Day.

Vetiver Farms Hawaii ... A Company Designed to Support Our Planet's Environment One Vetiver Grass Hedge at a Time.

Vetiver Farms Hawaii | Sustainable Engineering Solutions

Vetiver Farms Hawaii | Sustainable Engineering Solutions

I was born and raised on Maui and take a particularly strong stance on protecting the earth's environment. I competitively paddle for Hawaiian Canoe Club, and 3-4 days a week practice in the Kahului Harbor, Maui. Every season, a significant number of teammates get taken down by severe staph infections. I've known people to lose their eyesight, be taken into emergency surgery, and even move off of the island because of these infections. Our ocean is making us sick, and most days the harbor water is completely covered with a shiny brownish film of nauseating bubbles. I try to ignore this reality and the fact that the harbor is a stone's throw away from a sewage treatment plant.

But, this article is not a sob story about my environmental viewpoint and my complaints about the risks involved with my recreational sport. It's about a simple, inexpensive, natural solution to the environmental crisis we're all part of, and the innovative company that stands bravely and competently behind this solution, Vetiver Farms Hawaii

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Within a few moments of speaking with Jason Fox, the founder of Vetiver Farms Hawaii, I knew something about this company was perfectly opposite from the common business model, and it was refreshing to say the least. Their goal is to spearhead many large environmental Vetiver Grass projects in the state of Hawaii. As a consumer we get to purchase high-quality, locally made, eco-friendly products (including essential oils, vetiver bundles, etc.) that in turn support those projects and, the health of our environment. 

What is Vetiver Grass? 

"Vetiver grass is an extraordinarily hardy plant, capable of thriving in extremely polluted, acidic, and harsh environments.  Although Vetiver is most commonly seen in third world countries with minimal resources, it's beginning to be planted worldwide as people strive to use more environmentally friendly and economical practices. Vetiver has been used for thousands of years, but recent efforts by The Vetiver Network International have promoted worldwide recognition and financial support from the World Bank as well as the King of Thailand." -VGH

Everything Vetiver Farms Hawaii does prioritizes a very small environmental footprint. "All Vetiver and other green-engineering plants are cultivated using natural farming and permaculture methods to leave a positive agricultural impact." -VFH

Located on the Big Island, serving locations all over the world, Vetiver Farms Hawaii, is made up of a team of environmentally minded scientists, engineers and technicians who spearhead sustainable farming projects with Vetiver Grass for all of following uses. 

Vetiver Grass (aka Miracle Grass) naturally does all of the following:

Vetiver Grass System Designed for Railroad Stabilization By Vetiver Farms Hawaii

Vetiver Grass System Designed for Railroad Stabilization By Vetiver Farms Hawaii

Vetiver Grass Grown as a Solution to Beach Erosion and Toxicity

Vetiver Grass Grown as a Solution to Beach Erosion and Toxicity

  • Slope Stabilization / Erosion Control: Utilized for hillsides, retaining walls, highways, roads, canals, rivers, parks, landfills and beaches.
  1. An economical bioengineering alternative to steel and concrete that can far outlast conventional methods while leaving a positive impact on the environment. 
  2. equivalent to having twelve-foot steel plates in the ground while allowing soil and water to be filtered. 
  3. One plant is comparable to a 4 inch diameter steel bar anchoring the soil 12 feet deep with a network of roots approximately 1/6th as strong as steel. Giving it the nickname "Living Steel".
  • Cleaning of Residential and Industrial Wastewater (Bioremediation): Scientifically proven to reduce nitrate and phosphate levels by up to 90%. Vetiver is commonly used in cleaning algae blooms and wastewater effluent treatment, while also trapping sediment.

  • Land Reclamation (Phyto-Remediation): Vetiver Grass absorbs toxins into their root systems preventing further contamination of food and water sources. Toxins include antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, selenium, nickel, and chromium. 

  • Organic and Economical Disaster Mitigation: Vetiver provides long term protection against earthquakes, fires, flooding, potential landslide sites, and tsunamis.

  • Flood Prevention/Pasture Improvement: Vetiver diverts water and acts as a slow release sponge for run-off and is used for groundwater recharge and biomass. It is also used around the world to increase soil fertility and provide livestock forage, as well as being used to help establishing native trees.

Skin, Hair & Beard Tonic - Nourish your cells, tame your mane and smell like an aphrodisiac. This tonic has our Hawai'i Vetiver, organic cedar, Organic Aloe and pure magnesium in a base of organic fractionated coco oil.

Skin, Hair & Beard Tonic - Nourish your cells, tame your mane and smell like an aphrodisiac. This tonic has our Hawai'i Vetiver, organic cedar, Organic Aloe and pure magnesium in a base of organic fractionated coco oil.

Purity and quality is absolutely guaranteed when it comes to products by Vetiver Farms Hawaii. All of their plants used to make their line of handmade products are grown on their regulated, clean, organic, 28 acre ranch, located on The Hamakua Coast, on The Big Island, in Hawaii. 

Mana Foods Vitamin Room specifically carries the following Products By Vetiver Farms Hawaii

  • Hawaiian Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Hawaiian Vetiver Essential Oil

  • Lemon Grass Essential Oil

  • Skin,Hair & Beard Tonic 

  • Vetiver Root Bundle/Smudge Stick

  • Hawaiian Lavender Hawaiian Hydration Mist

  • Hawaiian Lemongrass Hydration Mist (Hydrosol)

Therapeutic grade Lemongrass Oil - A Tranquil and Uplifting/energizing essence that helps to fight fatigue, and ease stress and depression. Holding the compound of citronella this is a great natural mosquito repellent, and also a popular oil to help combat dengue fever in Hawaii. It is also known to alleviate pain from headaches, as well as body aches and pains associated with overexertion.

Therapeutic grade Lemongrass Oil - A Tranquil and Uplifting/energizing essence that helps to fight fatigue, and ease stress and depression. Holding the compound of citronella this is a great natural mosquito repellent, and also a popular oil to help combat dengue fever in Hawaii. It is also known to alleviate pain from headaches, as well as body aches and pains associated with overexertion.

Vetiver Therapeutic Grade Oil By Vetiver Farms Hawaii | "Our blue/green Vetiver oil has earned a reputation as the cleanest smelling vetiver oil in the world. A Grounding and empowering essence known to dispel fear,anxiety and act as an aphrodisiac." -VFH

Vetiver Therapeutic Grade Oil By Vetiver Farms Hawaii | "Our blue/green Vetiver oil has earned a reputation as the cleanest smelling vetiver oil in the world. A Grounding and empowering essence known to dispel fear,anxiety and act as an aphrodisiac." -VFH

At Mana Foods we not only carry and highly recommend their line of products, but are inspired and in awe of the way they run their business.  

In the end, Vetiver Farms Hawaii is the diamond in the ruff, the humble hero, and the reminder that there are companies genuinely driven by giving back to the greater good. My wish for all of us and the planet is that we join together to support Vetiver Farms Hawaii to help save the only home we have. Let's educate ourselves and others about Vetiver Grass, and push to implement Vetiver Grass projects in as many places as possible. And, hopefully one day soon we'll realize that once we stop making our planet sick with pollution, the Kahului Harbor, and many other places alike, will stop making us sick. 

As for me, I'm just a girl from Maui, who paddles, surfs, loves the ocean, fights for the environment, and am eternally grateful for companies like Vetiver Farms Hawaii and Mana Foods. Aloha!

To learn more about Vetiver Farms Hawaii visit their website at and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Written By: Haley Ferguson 

Source: Vetiver Farms Hawaii | | VFH Facebook: The Vetiver Solution (Vetiver Farms Hawaii) |VFH Instagram 



Zellee Organic, Vegan Fruit Gel In-Store Demo Saturday May 21st, 3pm-6pm

Come by Mana Foods' Demo Bar, Today From 3pm-6pm (Saturday May 21st), To Sample Zellee Organic, Vegan Fruit Gel In A Pouch! 

"At Zellee Organic, we passionately believe that healthy living starts with what we put in our bodies.  But we also know that having fun is an important ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. We’re committed to making healthy eating fun…fruitfully fun and fruitfully delicious."

With, three amazing flavors, and the following long list of healthy reasons, it's hard to come up with one not to to treat yourself to Zellee Fruit Gels!

  • organic and non-GMO

  • no added sugar

  • no added color

  • no artificial ingredients

  • vegan

  • naturally gluten-free

  • none of the 8 major allergens

  • 60-70 calories

  • 0 grams of fat

  • 100% daily value of Vitamin C


Made With Ingredients To Celebrate!

Real Fruit

"Yes, there’s real fruit inside! If you have a fine palate and eat our fruit gels regularly (which we hope you do!), you may notice that the taste and flavor can vary slightly from pouch to pouch. This is a good thing…well, because there’s real fruit inside and nature doesn’t promise the same taste in every bite. It’s proof that you are actually eating real fruit!"


"Konjac makes us gel! Konjac is a plant that is native to eastern Asia. It has been used in Japanese cuisine for centuries and as a medicinal herb in China for thousands of years. We think it’s the safest and healthiest way to make a gel."


Natural Vitamin C

"We want Natural! We are believers in getting our vitamins from natural sources rather than synthetic products like ascorbic acid for vitamin C. Our fruit gels are packed with vitamin C from fruit ingredients, including high-quality organic acerola powder. Sure, it costs a lot more than ascorbic acid, but we think you deserve the best!"

nothing scary!

"Our other ingredients, which are used in very small amounts, have also been carefully and thoughtfully selected. Our natural flavors are all certified organic and non-GMO fruit flavors, and they help to add some consistency in taste from batch to batch. We also use xanthan gum, which is a plant-based thickening agent, and citric acid, which adds a bit of tang to balance out the sweetness of the fruits. Both are non-GMO and do not have any traces of allergens such as soy, wheat and dairy."

Happy Saturday, hope to see you for a tasty sample at Mana Foods' Demo Bar From 3-6pm!