Hawaii Nui, Mehana Again Brewing Beer

May 5, 2014 at 1:59 p.m. HST
* Updated September 8th at 12:37 PM

Hilo’s new owner of Hawaii Nui and Mehana Brewery received a permanent brewer license from the Hawaii County Liquor Commission that went into effect Thursday, May 1st.

Hawaii-based DeMare Enterprises, Inc. completed the purchase of the East Kawili Street brewery operation last year and required approval to continue operations.

Brewery spokesman Deron Akiona said the company now has all the necessary permits. “We are in full production,” he said on Monday.

All Hawaii Nui and Mehana branded premium craft beer brands are brewed exclusively in Hilo and are now only packaged in aluminum cans from Ball Corporation in Kapolei, Oahu.

Johnson Brothers of Hawaii will continue to distribute the brands in the islands.


The Hawaii Nui and Mehana brands are currently available in 31 restaurants and 86 retail stores across Hawaii. In a press release, the company expects that number to double by the end of the year.


New canned brands like Mauna Kea Pale Ale and Volcano Red Ale are available now across Hawaii. All Hawaii Nui and Mehana brands are expected to be back on the market by the end of the year.

Akiona said that he is also currently developing a new beer whose taste will capture the special character of Hilo as a tribute to “our hometown”. He expects it to be released around August.

Paul DeMare, MD, an Oahu radiation oncologist, owns the company and is the chief operating officer of Hilo Brewery.

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