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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.That's me

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.

Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram“Like” Inu a Kena on Facebook, and keep coming back!

Mahalo nui loa,

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*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”.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2012 6:40 am

    Fantastic site! I’ve been looking for a good rum resource for a while, so I’m really glad you commented on our rum post. So much good information! Keep up the great work!

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      August 6, 2012 12:48 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Jon. Cheers!

  2. DJ Mal permalink
    September 10, 2012 6:56 pm

    Howzit Brah? I lived on Oahu back in the 80’s working as a dj at KPOI FM. Nothing like a cocktail on the beach at sunset, and after a graveyard shift, at sunrise. Nice info here, I’ll check back often. Mahalo.

    DJ Mal

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      September 11, 2012 8:06 am

      Mahaloz, DJ Mal!

  3. Keoni permalink
    May 1, 2013 2:18 pm

    Aloha Josh, I just stumbled to your website. Great reviews/collections. I just purchased a bottle of Appleton 12yr and Ron Zacapa 23yr and I was wondering if I made a good decision. I’m originally from O’ahu now living near Seattle. I’m a big fan of Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, Japanese, and other work whiskeys (~150 bottles). I just started my journey into rums (8 bottles). Thanks for posting all of your review to help me make my purchasing decisions.
    Mahalo, Keoni

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      May 2, 2013 8:13 am

      E komo mai, Keoni, and mahalo for your kind words! If you like the drier end of things, I would seek out the Brugal 1888. You may also want to try the aged agricoles from Martinique such as Clement. If you’re near Tacoma, visit Tacoma Cabana for a great rum selection. In Seattle proper, try Rumba on Pike Street. Cheers!

  4. jamie oliff permalink
    June 10, 2013 3:56 pm

    Aloha Josh!
    Currently living in Lucky Bennett’s old place in Kailua Kona…much rum flowing around here.
    Current favorites are Mocambo and Pyrat….25 more in the wings..
    Bottoms Up!

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      June 10, 2013 5:31 pm

      Wow! You are one lucky buggah, Jamie! Enjoy tonight’s green flash on the lanai for me. Huli pau!

  5. M Cooper permalink
    June 12, 2013 5:39 pm

    Dude — what an awesome site and excellent writing !! I’m so fortunate that I stumbled onto this blog looking for Goombay Smash. I will surely try your recommended version along with a few of my own over the 4th of July week. But I must admit — after having well over a gallon of the true authentic recipe from Ms Violet herself — there can not possibly be a substitution for the real thing — only a sad imitation. I will continue to solicit my contacts at Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas to get the true scoop on ingredients. Your article on coconut rum will assist greatly — as that is the key ingredient for Smash (along with good white and dark rum). I have enjoyed reading all your articles and reviews. Look forward to many more. Thanks

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      June 12, 2013 7:10 pm

      Wow–big mahalos for the props! Glad you’re enjoying the site. Plenty more to come! Cheers

  6. Patricia Kendall Stroud permalink
    July 23, 2014 11:28 am

    I was trying to find information on the Kendall Plantation in Barbados. Your site is what the computer transulated my request into. Where can I find the history and family information?
    Thank you very much. Patricia Kendall Stroud

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      July 23, 2014 12:13 pm

      Sorry, but I’m of no help to you, Patricia. I suspect Google brought you here because of my review of Plantation Barbados 5 Year-Old Rum.

  7. July 27, 2014 7:23 am

    Just stumbled on your site from a link on Alcademics, great site man. My wife and I do reviews as well, just wanted to say keep it up.


    • Josh Miller permalink*
      July 27, 2014 5:34 pm

      Thanks, Alex–cheers!


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