In the 1920’s this facility was the home of Hilo Soda Works where they made soda pop. One of the grandson’s of the original owners decided to try brewing beer in the early 1990′ s thus creating Mehana. It became such a success that they needed to expand and began looking for investors. Hawaii Nui had recently purchased the old Keoki Brewery on Kaua’i. They merged with Mehana and moved all their brewing equipment from Kaua’i to this facility. In 2009 the original owners of Mehana decided to retire and Hawaii Nui took over the brewery. But out of respect for the family we keep the Mehana name on the original recipes they created and the new recipes we make get the Hawaii Nui name.
Humpback Blue is so named because the original Mehana label it was packaged under was blue and when they created the new label they wanted a way for their customers to identify their favorite beer. Hilo ~oda’ Works was also well known for their rainbow six pack where customers could come in and get six different colors of soda. They carried that idea over when they were designing their beer labels hence Humpback Blue, Volcano Red, the Pale Ale is green etc.