Hawaiian Okolehao│ 100 Proof

Hawaiian Okolehao│ 100 Proof


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).


Oahu’s Oldest Distillery Island Distillers was born from the idea that excellent spirits could be made right here in Hawaii from our abundant natural resources and perfect climate.

Seated directly at the base of the historical Koko Crater, surrounded by flourishing banana trees and mature sugar cane fields you’ll find Island Distillers. The location perfectly captures the stylistic distilling approach of embracing traditional  tropical flavors, found throughout on the Hawaiian Islands.

Distillation Notes – Hawaiians discovered that if the ti root is baked, a sweet liquid migrates to the surface of the root. Chemically, the heat changes the starch in the root to a fermentable sugar. The baked root is then soaked in water which dissolves the sugar, and fermentation begins.

Tasting Notes – As a spirit unique to Hawaii, it presents a flavor of its own. Experience Hawaiian tradition; you’ll find flavors of earthy and vegetal notes, hints of banana with subtle pineapple.

Additional information

Weight 3.5625 lbs
Dimensions 3.1875 × 6.25 × 16.75 in


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577 Pakala St, Honolulu, HI 96825

OPEN Wednesday – Sunday

10:00am ~ 5.00pm

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Island Distillers
Based on 25 Reviews
Al L.
Al L.
2018-10-23 22:36:29
The four of wanted to do something different, so why not some vodka tasting. With a reservation for the 11:00am time slot, we parked out front and entered...
Alexander G.
Alexander G.
2018-06-29 14:04:22
It's always fun to try something new, even when it's so close by. After a birthday lunch at Kona Brewing in Hawaii-Kai, I thought it was the perfect time to...
Gwendolyn D.
Gwendolyn D.
2018-05-27 23:42:58
Such a great tour! Having Veronica, Betty, and Rudy (or Ruth?) - the distiller's dogs - greet and accompany us on the tour was a special touch. I learned...