True 'Okolehao to Hit Market Soon

There have been rumblings about true ‘okolehao becoming available again for the past couple of years, but I don’t think anyone was holding their breath for it to actually come to fruition. Now comes word that it’s getting much closer to being a reality.

‘Okolehao is an old-fashioned, moonshine sort of a liquor, made by Hawaii locals using the root of the ti plant. In recent years, a liqueur labelled “Okolehao” had been available, but it was almost cordial-like, and bore little resemblance to the real deal. There are a few old cocktail recipes that call for ‘okolehao, and some also like sipping it straight — it has a taste a bit like a sweet tequila.

The new production is being done by Sandwich Islands Distilling Company, on Maui. An article nearly three years ago in the Honolulu Advertiser laid out the company’s plans to produce a true ‘okolehao, and today a representative from the company announced on Tiki Central that they are planning to start selling under the “Nine Islands Okolehao” label this summer. No word yet on how we will be able to get our grubby little hands on the stuff.

10 thoughts on “True 'Okolehao to Hit Market Soon

  1. Aloha! Is there any word yet on whether the okolehao will be available this summer? And which stores will stock it? I’d like to reserve a case!

    Giovanni Paciello
    Kailua-Kona (HI)

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  2. CAN YOU PLEASE ADVISE IF, AND WHERE, THIS PRODUCT CAN BE PURCHASED. I HAVE A BROTHER WHO SERVED IN THE MARINES, STATIONED IN HAWAII, A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO AND HE WOULD OFTEN TALKS OF THIS FLAVORFUL DRINK.

    PLEASE RESPOND TO JABAIR@WALSH.EDU

    THANK YOU,

    Jill A. Bair

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  3. Every so often I search again and again for what I can only describe as the heavenliest scotch I have ever enjoyed. If ANYONE has information on getting a vintage bottle or when the New verion will hit the market, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!

    dchinigo1@gmail.com

    Thank you!!!!!!!

    Diego

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  4. I have an unopened bottle of Okolehao. The Tiki bottle is made of lava with a serial no. 2005. The three pieces are still together. Can any one give me any info about it.

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  5. I have in hand a bottle of Maui ‘Okolehao made by Haleakala Distillers of Makawao, Maui, HI. Just released Dec 2009 and available in Hawaii, maybe only Maui. Try the wine stores. I wish I knew something about the lava bottles.

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  6. Just tried the New Okolehoa and I am way dissapointed. The base taste is still there and for a split second I was more than happy. As soon as the overwhelming coconut taste kicked in though I felt I was doing a shot of Malibu Rum.

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