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Pau Maui Vodka, Maui Gold are making hand sanitizer

Pau Maui Vodka and Maui Gold Pineapple team up to produce hand sanitizer locally, which initially will be given out for free to first responders and high-risk organizations.

Two more Maui companies are following the lead of others locally and around the nation to produce hand sanitizer in support of those on the front lines of the cornoavirus fight.

Pau Maui Vodka and Maui Gold Pineapple are focusing on providing the sanitizer to health care workers, government employees and community entities, according to a news release Thursday.

The companies have produced their first run of hand sanitizer, which will be available by the end of the week. The first batch will be donated to those on the front lines and high-risk organizations.

In the weeks and months that follow, the product will be sold at cost, not for profit, to front-line agencies that are most at risk for exposure to COVID-19, the news release said.

“Selling this at cost keeps our doors open and our employees working, in order to be able to provide for their families,” said Master Distiller Cory Nigbur of Hali’imaile Distilling Co., which produces Pau Maui Vodka. “The Hawaiian Islands have always been strong at showing their resilience by utilizing local resources, agriculture and means of production in new and innovative ways — and now is no different. It is inspiring to see individuals and companies doing their part to help where they can.”

Also producing hand sanitizer locally and also initially for first responders and the needy are Maui Brewing Co. and Hawaii Sea Spirits, the makers of Ocean Organic Vodka.

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