— Our Story —
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: Ian and Kathy Brooks, Eric and Ginger Dill, Dan and Heather Pence
— OUR O'HANA —
Ian and Eric have had extensive and distinguished military careers with the United States Marine Corps and spent time in multiple combat zones. They both have been stationed in Hawai‘i several times throughout their careers.
Partnering with 15 year beverage professionals, Dan and Heather Pence, the whiskey-enthusiast friends and business partners chose Windward O‘ahu in part because they live there, but they live there because “if you spend any time on the Windward side, you realize what a special place it is. It’s different …it’s a unique place in a unique place,” Ian says.
No other company on O‘ahu is producing whiskey that has been aged in wooden casks, Eric says. “The science and art of whiskey-making fascinates me and there is something exceptionally gratifying about making your own.”