Ocean Vodka, about half an hour south of the Kahului airport, is building a new solar-powered plant that will produce what the company says is “the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane,” which grows on 80 acres of the slopes of Haleakala volcano.
The water, which makes up more than half of the bottled product, comes from mineral-rich deposits 3,000 feet beneath the Big Island. (The water is desalinated and purified before being shipped to Maui.)
“We’ve always found inspiration from our home island of Maui,” said Shay Smith, founder, president and chief executive of Ocean Vodka. “We hope guests come to learn about the art of craft distilling, and the way we work with 100% organic sugar cane and the richest mineral water source in the world, our deep ocean.”