Karii! Sample all the ways to sip Okinawan awamori

Straight up, in custom cocktails and paired with some of Honolulu's best cuisine


Clear as ice and packing a punch — it ranges from 50 to as much as 120 proof — awamori is Okinawan’s indigenous distilled spirit. Most people drink it with water and ice, but that’s only the tip of awamori’s proverbial iceberg. On Aug. 30 you’ll get a chance to try your hand at creating your own customized awamori cocktail infused with various flavors.

Pineapple? Shiso? Ume? This is awamori the way you like it. Or you can try it straight, of course. Or paired with dishes from 12 top Honolulu restaurants:

  • 53 By The Sea
  • Bamboo Catering
  • Chef Chai
  • Feast by Jon Matsubara
  • Halekulani
  • Mariposa
  • Mud Hen Water
  • MW Restaurant
  • The Pig & The Lady
  • Roy’s
  • Tango Contemporary Cafe
  • Viaggio

By law, awamori can only be made in Okinawa; today only 47 distilleries make the craft beverage. On Aug. 30 you’ll get to try eight of them:

  • Aloha Awamori
  • Hanashimauta Awamori
  • Kuba Awamori
  • Kura Awamori
  • Mizuho Awamori
  • Ryukyu Bijin Awamori
  • Shaka Awamori
  • Shimauta Awamori

Your ticket is all-inclusive and gets you all of the above, plus your own awamori cocktail creation! Here’s where to find out more.

Karii! An Awamori Experience
Hawaii Convention Center 4F
1801 Kalakaua Ave.
Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
6 to 9 p.m.

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