Portion of Fourth ‘Makana Series’ Beer Sales to Support the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.
Kona Brewing Company’s Makani Wheat Ale is the first craft beer made with honey collected from bees that pollinate the flowers of native Hawaiian koa trees. Makani Wheat Ale is the final beer in the four‐part 2015 “Makana Series” that supports local non‐profits dedicated to protecting Hawaii’s natural resources.
Makani Wheat Ale (4.5% ABV, 15 IBU) will be available on draft only at select locations throughout Hawaii, for approximately three months or while supplies last. The light‐bodied wheat ale gets its touch of sweetness from koa blossom honey, which was harvested earlier in the year from more than 800 acres of legacy koa forest on the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island, near Paauilo. The ale is also made from premium two‐row wheat malt with Millennium, Willamette and Hallertauer hops and indigenous yeast that was discovered blowing in the breeze near the Mauna Loa Volcano on Hawaii Island.
The endemic koa tree is of critical ecological importance to Hawaii, forming the habitat for numerous native birds, insects, and other flora and fauna. A portion of sales from Makani Wheat Ale will support the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), which works closely with HLH, a Hawaii Island sustainable forestry company, to plant more than 1.3 million koa, sandalwood and other endangered species across the Hawaiian Islands.
“We’re proud to partner with organizations such as the HLRI and support their efforts in restoring our island’s precious resources. During the development of Makani, our team had the opportunity to plant koa trees with the Hawaiian Legacy team. It was an amazing experience, and we hope this special beer will help drive awareness of the importance of our native forests and HLRI’s great work to preserve them.”
– Sandi Shriver, head of Kona Brewing Co.’s brewery operations
Kona Brewing’s desire to give back to the community for its support during the past 21 years was the inspiration for its Makana Series (Makana means “to give” in Hawaiian). A portion of the proceeds from each beer in the series – inspired by Hawaii’s natural surroundings – supports one of four Hawaii‐based non‐profit organizations committed to preserving and protecting Hawaii’s natural resources.
“This will be a special opportunity to taste the first‐ever honey created from Hawaii’s koa tree blossoms. The entire spring production sold out within a few days. This honey is just one way we are working with agricultural partners to showcase the use of Hawaii lands for economically viable crops that can be produced while supporting environmentally sustainable reforestation. One more example of how responsible businesses can do well while doing good.”
– Jeffrey Dunster, Executive Director, HLRI
The Makana Series launched in January 2015 with Aina Brown Ale, a brew made with kalo (taro) added to the mash that benefitted Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. Wela Red Ale, which followed in April, was cold smoked with Kiawe wood and supported Malama Maunalua. The third beer in the series, Kai Golden Ale, was made with deep sea ocean water sourced off the Kona coast and benefitted the Surfrider Foundation.
For more information call 808‐334‐BREW or visit KonaBrewingCo.com.