The local bureaucrats and a few anxiety ridden neighbors living next to our Kapahi farm haven’t been able to see past their unfounded fears to allow us to distill our Kauai grown corn into bourbon.  With every federal, state, and county permit in hand except for the local Liquor Commission’s we will have to wait until the Spring of 2019 to re-apply unless our appeal is heard by the fifth circuit court.  The actions by the County Liquor Commission, and non farming neighbors living on agricultural land directly conflicts with our right to farm protected by both the State and Federal law.  Unfortunately, the County of Kauai and its “nanny state” government has caved to the pressure applied by the Kauai “CAVE” (citizens against virtually everything) people.  As a result, container loads of Kauai grown corn, and tobacco continue to leave the island for processing and production elsewhere.  Not only has this been an easy, and simple solution, but it has yielded the finest Kauai grown bourbon and cigars!  The left wing pleasure police never end up winning, and this farmer continues to hang his hat on the idiocy of others.

“I’ve been beating Hawaii’s “nanny state” bureaucracy since 1993.  I’m confident that we will beat them again, and earn the right to distill our bourbon on our Kauai farm.”
Les Drent, owner of LBD Coffee

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Above:  Farm land and distillery building invested in by LBD, but not permitted on Kauai.  Below:  Shamefully, nearly 44,000 pounds of USDA inspected Kauai grown corn left the island for bourbon production in 2018.