A ‘sanitizer hui’ with KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum to make hand sanitizer for Hawaii coronavirus frontliners

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KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum joins the growing team of local companies who are making and donating coronavirus-killing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

The hand sanitizers will be sent to healthcare workers, first responders, the elderly, the homeless and workers performing essential services in industries ranging from food and education to prisons.

“It’s by working together as a community that we will weather this current crisis,” — Governor David Ige

In a statement released by the state’s Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center, KoHana co-founder and owner Jason Brand supported Gov. David Ige for helping organize “a sanitizer hui” involving the State of Hawaii, local food manufacturers and packers, shippers, research and pharmaceutical laboratories and financiers.

Governor David Ige

KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum is making and donating coronavirus-killing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers

KoHana’s hand sanitizer, made from high-proof ethanol, the main ingredient in FDA-approved sanitizers and a natural byproduct of rum distilling, timeline was a bit longer to roll out, Brand said, because their hui followed U.S. Food and Drug Administration listing requirements for over-the-counter medications.

KoHana co-founder and owner Jason Brand is working with Gov. David Ige to organize organize “a sanitizer hui”

“What’s different about our process is that (this) is actually an FDA-regulated product; it has an NDC number,” Brand said, explaining the National Drug Code identification number that identifies a product’s labeler, formulation and commercial package size.

“What’s different about our process is that (this) is actually an FDA-regulated product…” Brand said

Hundreds of gallons have been manufactured in the distillery’s Kunia facilities with support from the Hawai‘i Agricultural Research Center, and 64-oz. jugs were delivered to The Institute for Human Services, which assists Oahu’s homeless residents.

The hand sanitizer is also offered in 16 oz. and mini-size, 60 ml. bottles; the smaller have been distributed by Gift of Giving Hawai‘i to the Hawai‘i Food Bank, Angel Network Charities, and Jarrett Middle School in Palolo.

Other hui team members include Aloha Green Apothecary, American Savings BankKaumana Pharmaceutics, Halm’s Enterprises, HonBlue, Pharmacare and Matson.