Pau Maui Vodka

Maui A to Z: Vodka

Pau Maui Vodka

While I’m not a frequent vodka connoisseur, we have certain long term guests who really enjoy a good screwdriver or vodka tonic.  I’m one that would usually grab the mid-range bottle of whatever is convenient, but when my favorite hair stylist told me her husband is the Master Distiller at Pau Maui Vodka, obtaining a bottle moved to the top of my to-do list.

Maui Gold Fruit

Pau Maui Vodka is made with pineapple, not potato, and is a spirit that even my friends with extreme allergies can usually tolerate.  No, it doesn’t actually taste like pineapple, but it is a delightful vodka, by far the best made on Maui.  My resident vodka tonic aficionados have never complained.

Bottle of Pau Maui Vodka

Pau (pronounced pow) is a word meaning ‘finished’ or ‘done’ in Hawaii.  It’s a treasured word here because it’s usually combined with the word ‘hana‘ (hah-nah).  Together, pau hana signifies that wonderful time of day when work is finished.  If you’re invited to a pau hana party for pupus (poo-poos), you’re in for a treat.  Show up at the designated location after work and expect a beer and some heavy appetizers.

Local made spirits on a tiki bar.

If you’re extra lucky, you might get a bit of Pau Maui Vodka for pau hana!

For tasty drink recipes and tour information, check out the Pau Vodka page here.


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