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Haliimaile Distilling Company

883 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9769
+1 808-633-3609
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The tour was a quick 10 minute overview of the distilling process. The other half of the tour was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
crose213
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Westminster, California
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Great tour. As always, Maui does not disappoint.

The tour was informative and not too long where you start to daydream about getting into the... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2018
Marie S
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Fremont, California
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Hali'imaile Distilling Company produces handcrafted, locally made, authentic Hawaiian brand spirits. We are located in the heart of Maui's pineapple region, Upcountry Makawao, Maui. Our goal is to create "Hawaii in a Bottle." At Hali'imaile Distilling Company we set ourselves apart by starting with local ingredients and distilling in small batches, using unique stills, to create authentic Hawaiian spirits. Every part of our Distilling process is one of a kind and designed in house. Once distilled, our spirits are mixed with crystal clear reverse osmosis Hawaiian water. Upcountry Maui is not only a place, it's a lifestyle. Hali'imaile Distilling Company is located in the small town of Makawao, home to the Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys). For many years, Hawaiians have farmed the rich, volcanic soil of the Upcountry fields. Geographically speaking, Upcountry Maui is much of the area on the Haleakala side of Maui, away from the shoreline. Upcountry is mostly rural, agricultural and residential. Beyond upcountry, you can reach Maui's highest peak at the Haleakala National Park. The largest towns Upcountry are Makawao, Pukalani, Kula and Haiku, although Upcountry has no precise boundaries. Our pristine surroundings give us access to clean air, pure water and exquisite agriculture. Allowing us to produce ultra-premium, Hawaiian spirits. History of Hali'imaile Distilling Company Located in Makawao, Maui, Hali'imaile Distilling Company is located on the slopes of Haleakala. It sits among the pineapple fields and sugar cane fields that have been harvested for over a century. If you go to the edge of the property, you get a gorgeous view of the coastal rim of the entire island. Hali'imaile Distilling Company is the culmination of a dream made reality from the LeVecke family. A family whose life in the spirits industry spans over half a century, and more specifically on the Hawaiian Islands for the last 30 years...Building brands like Hana Bay Rum and Whaler's Rum. 15 Years ago 2 brothers decided to start their own truly authentic micro-distillery on the island of Maui. Their goal was to create spirits that were truly one of a kind. Their journey found them scouring the country for a like-minded master distiller that could help bring this dream to reality. Mark Nigbur, a charismatic and gifted distiller in Colorado, was introduced to the brothers. Mark was making a name for himself in the industry for his unconventional distilling techniques and superior products. He had founded his own micro-distillery where he was distilling vodka from pharmaceutical grade glass stills that he engineered and designed himself. It wasn't long until the relationship was cemented and Mark brought his family to Maui to become Hali'imaile Distilling Company's Master Distiller. Today Mark works alongside his eldest son Cory who currently manages the day to day Distilling operations. So while this is a fairly new distillery and a brand new visitor center, this was a family dream in the making for the last 30 years. We are happy to welcome you to their vision. Hali'imaile Distilling Company...Born Upcountry.
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883 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768-9769
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was a quick 10 minute overview of the distilling process. The other half of the tour was tasting the alcohol produced at the facility. It was simple, but not necessarily worth the time spent when there are so many other wonderful things to...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

The tour was informative and not too long where you start to daydream about getting into the tasting room. We had a great time tasting gins, vodkas and bourbon. The turbinado bourbon was my favorite. There's a food truck on site and the Haliimaile General...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Educational, interesting great tasting of different flavor gins & vodkas made with pineapple. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

This place was great. My husband was so happy (I think he had the ribs). There were so many appealing items on the menu, I struggled to decide. Our kids were off eating sushi and I wished they had been with us so we could’ve...More

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

we were there on a wet rainy day. which made the tour a little less enjoyable then it could have been. weathers fault not theirs. Otherwise I recommend this as one of the places to visit and enjoy while in Maui

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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

Ten dollars per person for a fairly limited walking tour of two big sheds is a bit much to ask. The three small samples helped a bit but an entire bottle of their flavoured vodka barely cost more than the entire tour - maybe just...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Compared to major distillery’s, this one doesn’t stack up. They produce a handful of blends in a very small building. I have seen bigger brew house’s. Samples of 3 of your choice at the end. No sharing, as others here have stated. Local laws dictate...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Very haphazard arrangement in a WW II quonset hut (un air-conditioned). If you like bootleg liquor reality TV shows and love to drink vodka - then this is a tour for you.More

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HaliimaileDistilling, Manager at Haliimaile Distilling Company, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2018

We apologize for your disappointing experience here at the distillery and would like to resolve this issue so it does not happen again. Please call us at (808) 633-3609, or email tastingroom@haliimailedistilling.com. I am the tasting room manager and my name is Ryan. Please ask...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The website suggests you make reservations but I simply just drove up and they were able to take me. I had to wait about 45 min for the next one but that gave me a chance to go into the glass works next door. A...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We had purchased a discount on Groupon for this tour, I figured it could be something to do on a rainy day. The weather held up, so we enjoyed a drive upcountry and visited this working distillery. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable,...More

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BeachVacationer2
January 25, 2018|
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Response from HaliimaileDistilling | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry! We are not a retail liquor store and can only sell bottles to our guests on the day that they take our distillery tour. This is due to the type of liquor license we have as a manufacturer. Minors are... More
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billhi
January 25, 2018|
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Response from HaliimaileDistilling | Property representative |
Our distillery is about an hour from Kaanapali, but plan for a little extra time in case there's traffic. We recommend booking a tour through our website before you come to see us. Mahalo!
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Pjdesigns03
March 15, 2017|
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Response from John K | Reviewed this property |
Aloha PJ. If I understand your question correctly, there is no other vodka using the same "one of a kind", handmade pharmaceutical-type glass stills that Hali'imaile Distillery uses. It's a slow process, hence the small... More
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