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chefgrey2
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Joined: Aug 13, 2002
Posts: 168
From: Elon, NC
Posted: 2002-08-13 09:10 am   Permalink

Just wanted to know if anybody knew where to buy okolehao on the mainland?

 
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KukuiNut
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 22
From: North Tustin
Posted: 2002-08-14 7:01 pm   Permalink

First of all what is a Okolehao?

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Suburban Hipster
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Joined: Aug 12, 2002
Posts: 272
From: Rockville, Maryland
Posted: 2002-08-14 7:55 pm   Permalink

Okolehao [ oh-koh-leh-HAH-oh ] An 80 PROOF Hawaiian liquor made from a mash of the TI plant. It's often substituted for rum and, like rum, comes in white (colorless) and golden versions. Okolehao is known on the islands as oke.

Sorry, couldn't find a distributor on the mainland.


 
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dogbytes
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 2242
From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2002-08-14 8:17 pm   Permalink

looks like the Whaler's Rum folks distribute Okolehao ~ i'm suprised BevMo doesn't have it..

http://www.whalersrum.com/okol.htm

their "where to buy" button doesnt work, so i guess you just email them




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chefgrey2
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Joined: Aug 13, 2002
Posts: 168
From: Elon, NC
Posted: 2002-08-14 8:34 pm   Permalink

Yep, I've seen the Whaler's site before...no help...Okolehao is indeed made from the sacred Ti plant...and used to be all over the Hawaiian Islands...when I lived there I would find it sold in out of the way "general stores"...A lot of the old men would sit around drinking Oke & Coke and eating boiled peanuts, especially before a chicken fight or a "Portagee crap game" .......It gets its name from back in the day when whaling vessels would bring their big iron pots on shore to make alcohol for the trip back to New England, or whereever...usually a ship had two big iron pots, and when they brought them on shore and sat them side by side they looked like the butt of a big ol' Auntie...so they called any liquor made this way Okolehao, okole meaning butt, and hao meaning iron...the Hawaiians didn't have sugarcane at the time, so they used Ti leaves....As far as I know you can only bring bottles back with you from Hawaii, but I heard that it should be able to be procured here and there occasionally back here in the mainland...no tiki bar should be without it!

 
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