Kona Life

We love how our beer brings people together, but can’t deny the fact that living and working in Hawaii is a very special thing. It is our kuleana (responsibility) to respect the environment and appreciate those who also make sustainability a focus. We support those who help our communities during trying times. We’ve even brewed beers that helped to support local fundraisers. This is a place for all of that. It’s about the people, places and groups who make Hawaii what it is. It’s a place to showcase our friends and how Kona Brewing Hawaii connects with our communities here. And, yep, sometimes it’s about beer too.

November 2021


As part of our MAKANA Local Giving Program, we are proud to partner with artist @thelocalbrandco_la who designed a fresh take at our Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale labels. As a Kailua boy and surfer himself, he was inspired to showcase two of our most iconic brands, while paying homage to Hawaii’s classic and timeless surf culture.

September 2021


It doesn’t have to be a Tuesday to enjoy an ono fish taco recipe from Chef Mark Noguchi and an ice cold KONA LIGHT!

April 2021

Pink Boots Brew 2021

"Salty Beaches" debuts at our Pubs!

April 2021

Earth Day 2021!

Have you heard of Kona Brewing’s Sustainability Efforts?

March 2021

St. Patrick’s Day at the Hawaii Kai Pub with KHNL’s HI Now!

Irish inspired food and green cocktails! We are getting in the spirit at the pub!

February 2021

Kona Brewing Hawaii and the Star Advertiser!

Restaurant Insider with Anne Lee and Kona Brewing Hawaii Kai’s Executive Chef Rob Oset!

November 2020

Sneak Peek - Our New Brewery in Kona.

Billy and Andre give us a glimpse into their first test run of our new brewery in Kona.

BIG Mahalo to @Cinematowski and @PrimeFootage for helping us to capture this special occasion!

October 2020

Big Wave Voted Top Beer in Hawaii in 2020

BIG Mahalo to @HomeBrewAssoc and Zymurgy Magazine for voting our Big Wave Golden Ale the best beer in Hawaii in 2020! We’re proud to keep the spirit of craft and refreshment alive and well in Hawaii!

September 2020

Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurants Hawaii

We’re proud to say that both Kona Brewing pubs are Surfrider Ocean Friendly Certified! Mahalo to Amy & the entire Surfrider Ohana for the write up!

September 2020

Aloha Harvest & Chef Hui

During the early onset of the pandemic and through the summer, we partnered with Aloha Harvest & Chef Hui to support hard working groups who are helping to feed local communities here on Oahu.

March 2020

Thankful Post!

Proud to be a part of the Pink Boots Society!

February 2019

Celebrating 25 Years of Liquid Aloha

In February of 2019, we celebrated our 25th anniversary milestone with a year-long celebration to share the spirit of Aloha with our fans, staff and friends. We brewed a special Hibiscus Brut IPA which we still serve on draft in our pubs today.

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July 2018

The Farm-to-Beer Philosophy Behind Kona’s Pipeline Porter

“You would think with the constant 82 degrees and humidity that people would gravitate to lighter beers,” says Kona brewmaster Billy Smith, who previously oversaw production at Craft Beer Alliances Redhook facilities in Portland, Oregon. He carries himself with no-nonsense professionalism, chased by a brewing-in-paradise calmness. “But there are a fair amount of beer enthusiasts here in Hawaii that love their darker beers and this one fills that need quite well.”

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July 2018

Now Available in Hawaii: 18-Packs of Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale!

Kona Brewing Co. is excited to announce the release of 18-pack cans of Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale in Hawaii!

“With summer on the horizon, we know that Kona fans across Hawaii are gearing up for fun in the sun with family and friends,” said Kona Brewing Company Head Brewer, Billy Smith. “Cans are perfect for any summer adventure, and the new 18-packs allow the freedom to grab more of your favorite Kona brews for a day at the beach, weekend barbecues, or relaxing with your friends after a day of surfing.”

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June 2018

Cheers, paddlers!

Congrats to all of the paddlers who participated in the 43rd Annual Maui Jim Molokai Challenge.

May 2018

Brewbound: Kona Brewing Company Releases Gold Cliff IPA

Gold Cliff IPA features real pineapple, along with bright, tropical fruit aromas of Mosaic and Citra hops and a hint of smooth caramel malt.

Kona Brewing Company today announces the latest addition to its Aloha Series with Gold Cliff IPA, a bold, juicy beer that highlights the adventurous spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. The new beer expands Kona’s ever-growing offerings to include a big, hoppy IPA with a Kona twist– juicy, tropical pineapple, an homage to the southern tip of Lanai, where the island’s first pineapple field overlooks cobalt blue waters. The 7.2% ABV Gold Cliff IPA pairs caramel & acidulated malts with easygoing aromas of Mosaic, Chinook, Topaz, and Citra hops for a cool embrace of Pacific paradise.

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April 2018

Kona’s New Brewery Ramps Up Conservation Efforts Even Further

For Kona Brewing Company in Kona, Hawaii, the term “green beer” has nothing to do with frothy, artificially-dyed St. Patrick’s Day swill. The 25-year-old craft outpost -- beloved nationwide for its crisp, easy-drinking Longboard Island Lager and equal parts floral and crushable Big Wave Golden Ale -- has maintained a deep commitment to progressive environmentalism since day one, and for good reason. It’s tough to ignore Mother Nature in a state so prized for its breathtaking, remote, and sometimes unpredictable natural landscape, where living in harmony with the earth is essential to the “way of aloha.” (excerpt from article by Meredith Heil, Thrillist)

Check out the full article -- How Craft Breweries Are Saving The Planet, One Pint at A Time from Thrillist here.

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July 2017

Dining in Paradise, Kona Style

Kona teams up with Hilton Waikoloa for an Ono Beer Dinner

What happens when you mix Hawaii’s most delicious craft beer with one of the island’s premier oceanfront resorts? A match made in heaven. 

Last month Kona teamed up with Hilton Waikoloa Village for a seven-course beer dinner and the result was pure magic. The Hilton chefs, who are all big fans of Kona, prepared the dinner with locally sourced ingredients and paired each course with a specialty Kona brew. Sandi Shriver, Kona’s Brewery Operations Manager, was on-hand to give tasting notes and talk about the brewing process, and Kona Brand Ambassador, Kimi Werner, attended the dinner and managed Kona’s first social media takeover for the day. Her course-by-course Instagram stories had us on the edge of our seats! And this sistah knows a thing or two about ono grinds—she’s the U.S. National Spearfishing Champion and a certified culinary chef.

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