Distillery Opportunity in Hawaii
Property + Natural Water Source + Beverage MFG SUP, Hilo, Hawaii
In 1993, the owner secured a special use permit (SUP), allowing the development of a distillery, brewery, or specialty (non- alcoholic) manufacturing and bottling company on just under 7 acres. The Hawaiian property takes advantage of an existing natural artesian water source flowing from the slopes of Mauna Loa, pumped to the property from an existing well. This permit set the wheels in motion for the vision: a Micro Distillery or Micro Brewery with product blended with pristine Hawaiian water. The vision is complete with a visitor center, beer garden and tasting room to capitalize on the exploding local and visitor population.
In 2012, HB1925 was signed into law as ACT 302. In summary:
Allows holders of Class 1 manufacturer liquor licenses to sell beer, wine, or other specified liquor manufactured or distilled on the licensee's premises from fruit or other products grown in the State, in any quantity to wholesalers in original packages or for private use and consumption. (HB1925 CD1) This allows for direct sale of alcohol on the manufacturer’s premises. The alcohol must use any quantity of locally grown product. See: http://www.capitol.h...billnumber=1925
Today, you can realize this vision.Strategically located, abundant, and fertile Hawaiian land
Access to natural Hawaiian artisanal water source
Special Use Permit
Friendly business climate for direct sales for private consumption, and sale to wholesaler
Unique opportunity for “Made In Hawaii” branding
Special Use Permit:
Special Permit 842 (Docket No 93-000003) and subsequent amendments allow the expanded development of a brewery, distillery, soft drink bottling facility and related improvements. Due to a non-compete agreement with Hawaiian Springs Water Co., the bottling of pure drinking water is not a permitted use. However, soda or flavored water and beverages remain as permitted uses.
The Property is located just 8 miles from Hilo International Airport and The Port of Hilo just off of Highway 11 which serves as the main roadway connecting Hilo with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its estimated 1.35 million visitors per year.
According to the National Park Service, visitors spent in 2010 an estimated $122 million at the National Parks and the surrounding communities on the Big Island - $88.26 million came from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Made in Hawaii:
Hawaii is world-renown with products distributed throughout the US mainland and Asia. Some of the many products from Hawaii that have enjoyed the "Made in Hawaii" success include Kona coffee, Deep-Sea Bottled Water, Natural Artesian Bottled Water, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, and the growing number of micro-brews and distilleries in the State.
Large level lots:
The design of sub-divided lots promote building design efficiencies.
General Excise taxes are lower on the island of Hawaii when compared to Oahu.
Island-to-island shipping companies currently offer reduced rates for shipping back empty containers such as kegs and other reusable containers.
Location: Kea'au, Hawaii (Border of Hilo & Kea'au)
Lot 9722-A - 2.410 acres,
Lot 9722-B - 2.995 acres
Zoning: FA-2a, Family Agriculture
Special use permit: BREWERY, DISTILLERY, WATER AND SOFT DRINK BOTTLING FACILITIES AND RELATED IMPROVEMENTS
Building height allowance: 45 feet, commercial building allowing for tall column stills, fermentation tanks and so on.
30 feet - front,
30 feet - rear,
20 feet - side
Flood Zone X, 500-year flood
email: [email protected] or use contact on websites
Exciting times to be a distiller in Hawaii. A couple of us here in this forum worked on the Oahu draft of the State law change allowing direct sales from a distillery. If anyone is interested, I have been working for a couple of years getting my farm-to-bottle distillery up an running. Still not there, but closer every day. If you aren't already in Hawaii, talk to some of the folks here or contact me any time. I think you will find it a pretty friendly group. I truly hope to see more high quality spirits come out of Hawaii. As a strong believer in the rising tide raising all ships, I welcome newcomers with open arms.
I welcome newcomers with open arms.
Reply:Exciting times to be a distiller in Hawaii. A couple of us here in this forum worked on the Oahu draft of the State law change allowing direct sales from a distillery. If anyone is interested, I have been working for a couple of years getting my farm-to-bottle distillery up an running. Still not there, but closer every day. If you aren't already in Hawaii, talk to some of the folks here or contact me any time. I think you will find it a pretty friendly group. I truly hope to see more high quality spirits come out of Hawaii. As a strong believer in the rising tide raising all ships, I welcome newcomers with open arms.
Please send questions, comments and proposals to new email address: [email protected]
I am wondering that you can start distillery at the land having Agriculture zoning. I am thinking about buying a land having A-10 zoned (yes, I would need to check it with county), that stands as Agricultural, one "Dwelling Unit" per 10 acres, and wondering if I am potentially allowed to start distillery up.
You can built distillery in Agriculture zoning in Oahu Island.