Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu, is one of the country’s top rum producers.
But the city is also home to one of its biggest export markets: Hawaii’s gin industry.
In 2016, Hawaii exported more than $30 billion worth of gin and rum to China, a jump of nearly 40 percent from a year earlier, according to a 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A recent report from Gin Lab, a company based in Honolulu, found that the island’s gin exports increased by 40 percent in the first nine months of 2018 from the same period in 2017.
The gin boom is a sign of the island nation’s continuing growth.
Hawaii’s growing reputation as a rum producer and market has made the country one of America’s top producers of gin.
Hawaii is home to nearly 30 gin distilleries.
There are more than 300 distillerages in the state.
Some of these gin distillers are located on islands with a large amount of rum, like Molokai and Kauai.
“It’s an extremely competitive environment for gin producers in Hawaii, and the U,S.
gin market is really growing and really thriving,” said Greg Kintz, a Distiller & Distilling consultant and author of the book The Next 100 Distilleries: Hawaii Distilling and the Rise of Hawaii’s Gin Industry.
“The fact that you have a large distillery in Honolulu and the opportunity to export is something that’s very exciting for gin makers, but also an opportunity for Hawaii’s producers.”