What is Okolehao?

Dave Flintstone is the man behind Island Distillers, the maker of Honolulu’s Hawaiian Moonshine. After sampling a delicious Haitian rum in the Caribbean, he decided to try his hand at distilling liquor, and he moved back to Hawaii to pursue that dream. Now, he is a proud purveyor of Okolehao Hawaiian Moonshine, a traditional Hawaiian liquor.

Okolehao is made from the ti root, a well-known decorative plant also used in the making of this traditional Hawaiian beverage. Ti root was originally the source of a fermented drink consumed by indigenous people on the islands. However, as the 18th century neared its end, the art of distilling was introduced to the islands’ inhabitants. Okolehao, translated as “iron bottom,” takes its name from the pair of large iron pots used to store the mash from the ti root.

Over time, people have tweaked the recipe, adding sugars and pineapple to sweeten the drink. Island Distillers produces both a 100-proof Moonshine and a Hawaiian vodka in the spirit of this traditional drink.

American Craft Distillers Association: A New Trade Organization

Dave Flintstone founded Island Distillers in 2008, developing and producing a unique spirit called Hawaiian Moonshine using local resources and extensive training. Mr. Flintstone’s Honolulu-based distillery is a member of the American Craft Distillers Association.

Established in late 2012, the American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) became fully operational in early 2013. A trade organization, the ACDA upholds a mission to protect and support craft distilleries in North America. By creating a network of entrepreneurial distillers across the United States and Canada, it establishes a place for its members to exchange knowledge and seek advice on all types of matters relating to federal, state, and local distilling. The ACDA facilitates for its members relationships with key organizations, wholesalers, regional distributors, and retail entities.

The association also supports and promotes member representation at industry events such as trade shows and conventions. Members benefit from website listings, training, and access to reports on industry developments, volumes, growth, and other valuable information. Since its inception, a significant number of American craft distilleries have opted for membership with the ACDA, among them Island Distillers in Honolulu Hawaii, the producers of Hawaiian Vodka and Hawaiian Moonshine.