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 an amateur bartender and spirit 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.
Side note: 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 capzise or “flip over and be done”.
I love Hawaii and try to get there at least once a year. For me there’s nowhere better to enjoy a nice cocktail than in Kailua-Kona at sunset with my lovely wife, my son, and my favorite ukulele.
Mahalo nui loa,