TWO OF HAWAII’S TOP DISTILLERIES ON OAHU
February 27, 2019
Hawaii’s unique climate and natural resources have inspired many local distillers to create sensational spirits with a tropical twist. Thanks to Oahu-based companies like Kō Hana and Island Distillers, happy hour has never tasted so good.
Kō Hana Distillers
Head to Kunia to learn about the farm to bottle process of Kō Hana rum. The tour kicks off with a glass of fresh pressed cane juice—the star ingredient of this Hawaiian rum. As you tour this distillery, you’ll learn how this canoe plant turns into one of the finest agricole rums in the world. Plus, you’ll get a chance to stroll through the sugar cane fields and learn about the history of sugar cane, which was brought to Hawaii from Polynesia nearly one thousand years ago. From the observation deck, soak in breathtaking views of Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and the Waianae Mountains. The tour finishes at the tasting bar, where you’ll compare Kō Hana’s white and aged rums. There’s also a tour for two that includes kiawe wood fired pizza.
If you can’t make it to Central Oahu, be sure to try one of Surfjack’s specialty cocktails—like Unkle’s Punch—featuring Kō Hana rum at Mahina & Sun’s.
92-1770 Kunia Rd., Kunia
After the strenuous Koko Head hike, why not treat yourself to a nearby tour of Oahu’s oldest distillery. On the one-hour tour of Island Distillers, you’ll get a chance to taste world-renowned Hawaiian liquors like Hapa Rum and Vodka, as well as 100 Proof Hawaiian Okolehau (which uses ti root beer to produce a highly alcoholic spirit—Hawaii’s only indigenous distilled spirit). Hapa Vodka’s impressive collection is made from premium sugarcane and is available in unique island-style flavors such as coconut, hibiscus and chili pepper. Afterwards, grab a bottle to take home and mix up a tropical concoction of your own.
577 Pakala St., Honolulu
On neighbor islands, there’s also a variety of Hawaii distilleries and wineries that offer tours and tasting rooms. Think Ocean Organic Vodka (Kula Maui), MauiWine (Kula, Maui), Kōloa Rum (Lihue, Kauai), and Volcano Winery (Volcano, Big Island), to name just a few.
More of a beer drinker? Check out our round up of the best bars for craft beers on Oahu: https://surfjack.com/best-bars-craft-beer-honolulu/
And don’t forget to join us at the Surfjack every Tuesday for Tasting Room—where you can sample local, national and international craft beers, wines and spirits courtesy of our vendors and partners of Mahina & Sun’s. More info at https://surfjack.com/experiences/