Maui Fruit Jewels Story & Prod Process

Maui Fruit Jewels is a young award-winning fruit confection creating much excitement in Hawaii and quickly gaining popularity since the relaunch of the entire product line in January 2016, especially for visitors of the islands looking for omiyage that are uniquely Hawaiian. 

Owners Chris and Lin ter Horst are professionals who lived and worked in quite a number of different countries, before moving to Maui in 2012 from China, where they met and got married.  Chris is a Dutch national, and Lin was born in Shanghai and grew up in New York City since the age of 10.  Lin was working in Beijing as an investment banker when the financial markets collapsed in 2008.  Inspired by both Julia Child and Julie Powell(Julie & Julia), Lin made a decision to study pastry arts at Le Cordon Bleu London, a decision that forever changed her path. Lin taught pastry arts to local Chinese and expats at her pastry studio in downtown Beijing, and made beautiful wedding cakes that were featured in Beijing editions of the CosmopolitanBride magazine.

After moving to Maui, Lin wanted to open a small French patisserie at first, but quickly changed her mind when she saw the abundance of exotic tropical fruits at local farmers markets on Maui, and decided to make a fruit confection similar to the French pates de fruits using locally-grown fruits to share her love for the islands with the world. By using the pulp from the fruits, and even the seeds in the case of the lilikoi passion fruits, the candies retain all the minerals and fibers, and some of the antioxidants and vitamins that were present in the original fruits, which made these candies not only delicious, but also full of health benefits.  

 In 2014, before they could even find ideal packaging for their new candy line, Chris and Lin were highly encouraged when their fledgling Maui Fruit Jewels received a silver award for the prestigious and highly coveted sofi™ Award for food innovation with their Hana Collection which featured the six most popular tropical fruit flavors - coconut, guava, mango, lilikoi passion fruit, papaya and pineapple, from the Specialty Food Association.  Exhibiting at the Summer Fancy Food Show that year in New York City, Chris and Lin took to hearts feedback from interested buyers who wanted their delicious candies with a much longer shelf life.  They also continued to expand their offering by incorporating locally made wines, and herbs such as turmeric for the increasingly health-conscious customer base.  The Maui Fruit Jewels line includes 18 flavors presently.

Unwilling to compromise their vision for creating a line of premium candy line untainted by chemicals, Chris and Lin worked hard to fine tune their production techniques and sought a custom packaging solution that allowed them to create a fruit candy that was shelf stable and free of additives. 

The resulting fruit candies are very intense in flavor, natural, vegan, and wheatless, preserving the pureness, authenticity, and essence of the Hawaiian islands.  The candies also have a shelf life of one year without refrigeration.

In January 2016, Chris and Lin finally relaunched Maui Fruit Jewels in beautiful new packaging, and the candies became an instant hit with tourists and locals alike.  Maui Fruit Jewels was a finalist for Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association's 2016 Taste Awards in both the "Startup of the Year", and "Product of the Year" categories.

Here, Chris and Lin provide our readers with a photo gallery for how these beautiful candies are made with much love and attention.

Fresh fruits grown on Maui and other Hawaiian islands are washed, and processed into fruit purees.


The fruit purees are cooked with organic cane sugar, glucose, pectin, and citric acid. The cooked mixture is poured into molds, and left to set,


 and cut down to size with the use of a guitar cutter.

Finally, the candies are individually packaged,

and sorted into packaging boxes.

Now visitors of Hawaii can bring home a taste of Hawaii-grown tropical fruits in beautifully packaged, easily transportable products.  The candies are not sensitive to heat, and can be transported in carry-on luggage.


Maui Fruit Jewels can be purchased at the following locations:

Store Name City / Town Island Store Address Phone Number
Four Seasons Resort deli - Hualalai Kaiua Kona Hawaii 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 (808) 325-8000
Accents | Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Kamuela Hawaii 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kamuela, HI 96743 (808) 882-7511
Foodland - Waimea Kamuela Hawaii Parker Ranch Center, 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy., Waimea, HI 96743 (808) 885-2022
Accents | Mauna Lani Bay Hotel Kohala Coast Hawaii 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kamuela, HI 96743 (808) 881-1614
Foodland Farms - Mauna Lani Kohala Coast Hawaii The Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive #200, Kohala Coast, HI 96743 (808) 887-6101
Punalu`u Bake Shop & Visitor Center Naalehu Hawaii HI-11, Naalehu, HI 96772 (808) 929-7343
Accents | St. Regis Princeville Princeville Kauai 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722 (808) 826-1140
Foodland - Princeville Princeville Kauai 5-4280 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville, HI 96722-1700 (808) 826-9880
Haiku Market Haiku Maui 810 Haiku Rd #143, Haiku HI 96708 (808) 575-9291
Down to Earth - Kahului Kahului Maui 305 Dairy Road, Kahului, HI 96732 (808) 877-2661
Mr. Pineapple Kahului Maui 370 Dairy Rd # C, Kahului, HI 96732 (808) 871-6798
Whole Foods Market Maui Kahului Maui Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI 96732 (808) 872-3310
Kumu Farms - Molokai Kaunkakai Maui 551 Huaai Rd, Kaunakakai, HI 96748 (808) 351-3326
Accents | The Marriott Wailea Kihei Maui 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI 96753 (808) 874-9604
Foodland - Kihei Kihei Maui Kihei Town Center Shopping Center, 1881 S. Kihei Dr., Kihei, HI 96753 (808) 879-9350
Tutu's Pantry Kihei Maui 1914 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753 (808) 874-6400
Whalers General Store Wailea Kihei Maui The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI 96753 (808) 891-2039
Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm Kula Maui 1100 Waipoli Rd, Kula, HI 96790 (808) 878-3004
Kula Botanical Garden Kula Maui 638 Kekaulike Ave, Kula, HI 96790 (808) 878-1715
Kula Marketplace Kula Maui 15200 Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI 96790 (808) 878-2135
Accents | Hyatt Regency Ka'anapali Lahaina Maui 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761 (808) 661-5014
Accents | The Westin Maui Ka'anapali Lahaina Maui 2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761 (808) 662-0440
Foodland Farms - Lahaina Lahaina Maui Lahaina Gateway, 345 Keawe Street #304, Lahaina, HI 96761 (808) 662-7088
Kaanapali Beach Club gift shop Lahaina Maui 104 Kaanapali Shores Place, Lahaina, HI 96761 (800) 438-2929
Lahaina Visitor Center Lahaina Maui 648 Wharf St #101, Lahaina, HI 96761 (808) 667-9175
Napili Market Lahaina Maui 5095 Napilihau Street #105, Lahaina, HI 96767 (808) 669-1600
Whalers General Store Front Street Sabia Bldg. Lahaina Maui 816A Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 (808) 661-5089
Mana Foods Paia Maui 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 (808) 579-8078
Foodland - Pukalani Pukalani Maui Pukalani Terrace Center, 55 Pukalani Street, Pukalani, HI 96768 (808) 572-0674
Caffe Ciao Deli | The Fairmont Kea Lani Wailea Maui 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, HI 96753 (808) 875-2225
Mokapu Market | Andaz Maui Wailea Maui 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, HI 96753 (808) 573-1234
Sweet Paradise Chocolatier Wailea Maui 34 Wailea Gateway Center, Wailea, HI 96753 (808) 344-1040
Foodland - Kehalani Wailuku Maui 370 Kehalani Village Drive, Wailuku HI 96793 (808) 244-4460
Kumu Farms - Maui Wailuku Maui Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy #5, Wailuku, HI 96793 (808) 244-4800
Maui Ocean Center Wailuku Maui 192 Ma'alaea Road, Wailuku, HI 96793 (808) 270-7062
Foodland - Pupukea Haleiwa Oahu 59-720 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa HI 96712 (808) 638-8081
Accents | Ala Moana Hotel Honolulu Oahu 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI 96814 (808) 944-6817
Accents | Grand Waikikian Honolulu Oahu 1811 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 947-8405
Accents | Moana Surfrider Westin Resort Honolulu Oahu 2365 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu HI 96815 (808) 923-3996
Accents | The Royal Hawaiian Resort Honolulu Oahu 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 924-9599
Dean & DeLuca | The Ritz-Carlton Residences Honolulu Oahu 383 Kalaimoku St., Honolulu HI 96815 (808) 729-9720
Down to Earth - Honolulu Honolulu Oahu 2525 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826 (808) 947-7678
Foodland - Beretania Honolulu Oahu 1460 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814 (808) 946-4654
Foodland Farms - Aina Haina Honolulu Oahu Aina Haina Shopping Center, 820 Hind Dr. #101, Honolulu HI 96821 (808) 373-2222
Foodland Farms - Ala Moana Center Honolulu Oahu Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Space 8000, Honolulu, HI 96814 (808) 949-5044
JTB Global Travel Plaza Honolulu Oahu 2250 Kalakaua Avenue, B1, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 924-4291
Magnolia Honolulu Oahu Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Ave. #1160, Honolulu, HI 96816 (808) 734-2200
Na Mea Hawaii (Native Books) Honolulu Oahu Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite #100, Honolulu, HI 96814 (808) 364-8737
Neiman Marcus Honolulu Oahu Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu HI 96814 (808) 951-8887
Tilia Exquisite Aloha Honolulu Oahu 403 Kaiolu St. Suite 101, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 888-2011
Whole Foods Market Honolulu Honolulu Oahu Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Ave. Suite #2000, Honolulu, HI 96816 (808) 738-0826
Lamonts | Turtle Bay Resort Kahuku Oahu 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, HI 96731 (808) 293-8488
Down to Earth - Kailua Kailua Oahu 201 Hamakua Drive, Kailua, HI 96734 (808) 262-3838
Foodland - Kailua Kailua Oahu Kailua Town Center, 108 Hekili Street, Kailua, HI 96734 (808) 261-3211
Whole Foods Market Kailua Kailua Oahu 629 Kailua Road Suite 100, Kailua, HI 96734 (808) 263-6800
Down to Earth - Kapolei Kapolei Oahu Kapolei Commons, 4460 Kapolei Pkwy #320, Kapolei, HI 96707 (808) 675-2300
Foodland - Kapolei Kapolei Oahu 4850 Kapolei Parkway Bldg A, Kapolei, HI 96707 (808) 674-1114
Hapa Home | Hukilau Marketplace Laie Oahu Polynesian Culture Center, 55 - 370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762 (808) 293-3333
Dole Plantation Wahiawa Oahu 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (808) 621-8408
SeaLife Park Waimanalo Oahu 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy #1, Waimanalo, HI 96795 (808) 259-2500