Maui Nui Venison

Maui Nui Venison is sourced from invasive deer, harvested humanely and in the wild, combined with only a small handful of wholesome ingredients, making the story of our jerky simple and clear - lean, wild, good.

Laura absolutely loves the sustainability and the taste behind Maui Nui Venison!


Hawaii’s Axis deer have thrived for over a century without the stresses of seasons, migrations or predators, resulting in a venison that is subtly flavored, incredibly tender and notably lean, with less than 1% intra-muscular fat. Our venison provides all the protein you’ve come to expect in a jerky without all the fat; in short, great-tasting and great for you.


Maui Nui translates to greater or larger Maui and is a modern geologists’ term for the prehistoric Hawaiian island that was once made of up of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe. Over epochs of time, their separate volcanoes sank into the sea, the saddles between them flooding with water, leaving behind four distinct islands. Present-day, these islands are still grouped on a county level, and besides their ancient geological ties, another unique trait that links the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai, a similarity not shared with the rest of the Hawaiian group, is the existence of Axis deer.

Introduced in 1868 to the island of Molokai by King Kamehameha V, this unique species of deer, native to India, started out as a group of eight. After a century-and-a-half spent in Hawaii’s lush, temperate and predator-less environments, Molokai’s deer population is now estimated to be as large as 40,000-60,000 animals. Likewise, on Lanai, twelve deer were released in 1920. Today their numbers have grown to at least 20,000 deer. Fifty years after being introduced to Maui, nine Axis deer now amount to nearly 30,000-50,000.

Laura’s Review

If you are looking for a high protein, low calorie, delicious jerky snack… Maui Nui Venison is just what you are looking for. Maui Nui is doing everything right from sourcing all the way to how it tastes. They source their venison by managing wild Axis deer in Hawaii as an invasive species. It is an incredible food resource for the communities and its helping balance all the life on the island. Being aware of their community while creating a perfectly healthy snack with no artificial flavors or colors is great for us. They also use less than 2% of brown sugar, which may be the lowest in this category! If you love venison, you need to try this! 

Laura McIntosh