Aloha and e komo mai to Inu A Kena! Inu a kena translates from the Hawaiian to “drink until satisfied” or “drink to quench thirst”. It seems a fitting title for a blog where I try to quench a thirst for knowledge about fine spirits and craft cocktails.
I’m Josh, your intrepid blog host. I’m a spirit and cocktail enthusiast living on an island in the the San Francisco Bay. By day I sell desalination and other water treatment systems for use in large industrial settings. By night, I switch from water to spirits, spending much of my time in my home bar dubbed Josh’s Okole Maluna* Lounge.
I’m a graduate of Bar Smarts Wired, and I hold a Spirits Professional certification as a member of the United States Bartender’s Guild, Northern California Chapter . I care about responsible alcohol consumption, and have completed the Level Two California Responsible Beverage Training course. I also have an MBA, which I hope to use in the spirits business one day.
Mahalo nui loa,
*Okole maluna is a colloquial phrase–don’t repeat it to a Hawaiian kupuna, as s/he may take offense to its literal translation. Fortunately I learned this from a friend who was a Hawaiian Studies major, and not a ticked off Hawaiian elder :) A muted version of bottoms up would be “huli pau”, which means to capsize or “flip over and be done”.