New distillery in Kailua-Kona prepares to kick off sales

  • David Puckett sniffs a batch of Hawaiian Honey Shine Thursday at Big Island Distillers. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A batch of Hawaiian Honey Shine ferments at Big Island Distillers. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • David Puckett, President of Big Island Distillers. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Big Island Distillers is producing Hawaiian Honey Shine and Purple Potato and Honey Vodka at their Kona Old Industrial Area location. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • David Puckett talks about his Hawaiian Honey Shine produced at Big Island Distillers on Thursday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • David Puckett displays his still at Big Island Distillers. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — From Hawaii Island honey to local sweet potatoes to Kona’s famous coffee, Dave Puckett — founder and owner of Big Island Distillers — finds inspiration for his new line of spirits in the bounty grown and produced right here on the island he calls home.