Craft Hard Cider and Beer, Hawai'i Made
Our First Business: Hawaiian Ola
Growth Year / Year for Five Years
Stores in Hawaii Carrying Hawaiian Ola
With 422 Retail Partners
Comparing Apples to Dragonfruit
We're Building a Facility of Our Own
Hard Cider and Craft Beer are Huge, Growing Markets
Same Company, New Branding
First, we think it’s important to assure everyone who invested in Hawaii Cider that while the name has changed, the company and the mission are still the same. Hawaii Cider Co. was a branded DBA (doing business as) for Hawaiian Ola Brewing Corporation and the new DBA, Ola Brew Co., is a snazzy upgrade that came out of much deliberation and hard work. So why the change?
1) Rather than restricting ourselves to only making ciders, we wanted a name that gave us room to be successful serving both ciders and beers. Here in Hawaii, the demand for beer is huge and creating an inclusive brand to meet broader tastes was important.
2) The name Hawaii Cider became something of a debate locally on who should get to use it. While it’s still up for grabs, we’re not much for long debates and hullabaloo and think its better to focus on brewing great products and serving our community.
3) We wanted to give homage to our roots at the Hawaiian Ola beverage brand. By carrying that recognition to Ola Brew co. we can draw from a following of local drinkers who have come to love and trust the Ola Noni brand over the past 8 years.
By Hawaii, For Hawaii – We're Ola Brew
The Hawaiian proverb, I nā mālama ‘oe i ka ‘āina, na ka ‘āina malama iā ‘oe, says, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.” Today, we see the wisdom of these words more truly than perhaps any other time in history. The planet is in a state of tremendous change and in Hawaii, like so many other places, a time of renewal is on the horizon. The renaissance underway is replacing farms that once harmed the environment with crops that restore the land, plus substituting imported goods with locally made alternatives. What’s driving the change isn’t big corporations or influential politicians, rather, it’s everyday people voting with their dollars at grocery stores, shops, and restaurants for products and companies that share their values.
The scope of the brew project is ambitious. Our aim is to make beers and ciders that are 100% produced in Hawaii. This requires a production facility unlike anything that currently exists in the state. Building the facility will reduce the C02 impact from shipped-in alternatives, reduce reliance on mainland co-packing facilities, create a way to turn island-grown fruit into local products, create new local jobs, and provide production opportunities to other companies also wanting to produce their products on island.
Since launching in 2012, Hawaiian Ola’s community of drinkers has supported us by voting for our products at shops and supermarkets everywhere. Today, we’re pleased to share the excitement of our next adventure by providing our drinkers with an opportunity to own a stake in our new brewing company. By investing in Ola Brew Co. you’ll not only share in the rewards of its success, you’ll be creating facilities that empower Hawaii’s local network of farmers, entrepreneurs, and producers. Together, we can open Hawaii County’s first organic co-packing facility — join us and let’s make history!
The Hawaii Cider Co. Founders