Koloa Hawaii Gold Hawaiian Rum - Photo by John Fischer
One of the most fun experiences I've had on Kauai, is the afternoon and evening that I spent at Kilohana Plantation just a mile or so outside of Lihue on the way to Po'ipu.
The Kauai Plantation Railway is a really fun way to step back in time and learn a bit about the area's plantation roots. The evening Luau Kalamaku features top notch food from the chefs at the adjacent, and excellent, Gaylord's at Kilohana Restaurant and a great after-feast show that's presented "in the round" allowing for great views from every table.
Also located on the property is the the Koloa Rum Company Tasting Room and Company Store. The rums being produced by the company are featured at top bars and restaurants in Hawaii and have been winning numerous awards when entered into competition on the mainland.
As I was escorted around the store, it was explained to me that their rum is produced from the last harvest of raw sugar from Gay & Robinson which took place in 2010. It seemed clear to me that this supply would not last forever and for the company to survive and continue producing a top quality product, a new source of sugar cane would need to be found - and sooner rather than later.
In an article in today's Honolulu StarAdvertiser, freelance writer Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi outlines the company's exciting plans which have resurrected the growth of sugar cane on Kauai. By early summer 2013, Koloa Rum will harvest their first planting of sugar cane, much of which will be used as a seed crop for future plantings, but some of which will also be used for rum production. It's a very well written and information feature which I encourage everyone to read.