About Us - Ko‘olau Distillery

— Our Story —

Imagine the lush, green Windward side of O‘ahu, where the verdant Ko‘olau Range receives more rainfall than anywhere else on the island – about five million gallons a day!
That life-giving rainwater is naturally filtered through layers and layers of volcanic rock for decades, until it reaches the aquifer that feeds the pristine artesian well Ko‘olau Distillery uses for its spirits.
Just as our founders dedicated their lives in service to the country with the United States Marine Corps earning honors and commendations — often at great sacrifice — they believe in earnest stewardship of the land and its finite resources.

Ko‘olau Distillery Partners: Dan and Heather Pence, Ian Brooks, Eric and Ginger Dill


Partner - Chief Executive Officer

Eric Dill

Eric is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who while on tour of duty in Iraq first thought about creating his own business distilling whiskey (nothing like a war zone to bring life into focus).
When back from the Middle East and based in Hawaii, Eric met fellow veteran Ian Brooks with whom he shared his business idea, and they soon forged a strong friendship and business partnership. Eric, who has an obsession for detail and a thirst for perfection was destined from the outset to be the company’s Craft Distiller.

Partner - Chief Financial Officer

Ian Brooks

Ian Brooks is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has served in multiple combat zones and, like Eric, he is goal-focused with a keen eye for detail, especially the bottom line. In addition to overseeing the company’s financial operations and performance, Ian is the perfect host to the many visitors to the Ko‘olau Distillery.
Partner - Chief Marketing Officer

Heather Pence

Heather is a professional marketer with more than 15 years experience in the beverage industry. With extensive contacts throughout the distribution and food & beverage industries in Hawaii, Heather is on the frontline when it comes to marketing, promotions, PR and communications.

Administration Director

Ginger Dill

Ginger is the quiet force behind the scenes making sure that all the important stuff gets done well and on time. With a keen eye for detail and a talent for organization, Ginger is a vital member of our family business team.
Retail Sales Director

Dan Pence

Dan is Director of Retail Sales and brings a wealth of business development experience from within the food and beverage and retail industries. He likes to think outside the box and approaches problem solving in creative ways.
Aloha! From our hearts to your homes and establishments, our veteran-owned, Hawai‘i-based business would love to hear from you via email or phone. アロハ!当社に対するご質問やお問い合わせ、ご意見をお聞かせください。連絡先は以下になります。
Phone: 電話: 808-261-0685
Email・メールアドレス: heather@koolaudistillery.com
905 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Unit 5014, Kailua, Hawai'i 96734 カイルア、ハワイ

Thank you for all of your calls regarding the hand sanitizer.

Because we can only produce a limited supply, we are donating exclusively to organizations that are first responders, healthcare workers, and civil service providers.

If you are a company representative and would like to request hand sanitizer, please fill out this form.

If you would like to help, we really need new or used 2oz, 4oz, and other sized bottles with spray tops. In addition we need hydrogen peroxide, food-grade glycerol, and gallon ziplock bags. Donations can be dropped off at the distillery (905 Kalanianaʻole Hwy Unit 5014, Kaneohe, HI 96744) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Click here to donate bottles or make a cash donation to purchase additional bottles and supplies. Please feel free to share our fundraising efforts so that we can help more of our island’s essential personnel: 

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