Doing their part: Kuleana Rum Works producing hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19 pandemic

  • Steve Jefferson checks on mature sugar cane in October 2019 at the Kuleana Rum Farm in North Kohala. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kuleana Rum Works is now making hand sanitizer for Hawaii County Civil Defense to distribute to health care workers and first responders helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak. (Jeanne Lewis/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Kuleana Rum Works is now making hand sanitizer for Hawaii County Civil Defense to distribute to health care workers and first responders helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak. (Jeanne Lewis/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Kuleana Rum Works is now making hand sanitizer for Hawaii County Civil Defense to distribute to health care workers and first responders helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak. (Jeanne Lewis/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a high demand for now-coveted disinfectant products. To help fill that demand on Hawaii Island, Kuleana Rum Works has shifted its focus from making rum to making hand sanitizer.