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Princess Okolehao Jug

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Okolehao (literally, “iron bottom”) or “oke,” was a favorite libation of Victoria Kaʻiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawēkiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn, and is the original Hawaiian moonshine. The moonshine has a long history, although it faded out after the introduction of sugar cane due to the comparative ease of making sugar-based moonshine. The original spirit hasn’t been made since the 1970s. Fortunately, Haleakala Distillers, in Upcountry Maui, has revived this cultural concoction and revamped it as an 80-proof liqueur, launched in December of 2009.

In celebration of the reintroduction of Oke I have designed a fullbodied jug. It had been handthrown from porcelain and decorated with stamps of Kaʻiulani and the Hawaiian miniature deer. It stands about 9" tall and is fully-functional. The jug holds about 1.5 quarts.

An interesting sidenote: In 1881, King Kalākaua tried to arrange a marriage between Kaʻiulani and Japan's Prince Higashifushimi Yorihito in hopes of creating an alliance between Japan and the Indepandent Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. However, the prince declined, as he was already pre-arranged to marry a Japanese noble lady, Arima Yoriko.

Princess Okolehao Jug