Prized by Hawaiian kings since 1790. The Story of Okolehao - In Hawaii, alcohol was first made by English sailors as a beer from fermented roots of the ti plant in the 1780’s. In 1790 an escaped Australian convict brought distillation to Hawaii, using the ti root beer to produce a highly alcoholic  spirit which became Hawaii's only indigenous distilled spirit, Okolehao. Okolehao Transliteration - The name is from the iron try pots that were brought ashore from sailing ships and converted into stills, and literally meant "iron butt", from Hawaiian ʻōkole (butt) + hao (iron).