Hawaii Home Wine Making Laws

State Law: Legal Amounts of Homemade Wine

Hawaii law regarding homemade wine amends federal law.  The state of Hawaii permits 200 gallons or less in one calendar year for the head of household (married or single) who has attained the age of 21.

State Alcoholic Beverages Control Agency

County of Honolulu
Honolulu Liquor Commission
Pacific Park Plaza
711 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 600
Honolulu, Hi 96813-5249
Phone: (808)768-7300
Fax: (808) 768-7311

County of Kauai
Department of Liquor Control
Lihu’e Civic Center, Mo’ikeha Building
4444 Rice Street, Suite 120
Lihu’e, Kaua’i, Hawai’i 96766
Phone: (808) 241-4966
Fax: (808) 241-6585

County of Maui
Department of Liquor Control
2145 Kaohu St.
Trask Building, Room 105
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone:(808) 243-7753
Fax:(808) 243-7558

County of Hawaii
Department of Liquor Control
East Hawai‘i: Hilo Lagoon Center, 101 Aupuni Street, Suite 230, Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8218
Fax: (808) 961-8684

West Hawai‘i: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg B, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 323-4370
Fax: (808) 327-3550

Statute Title & Description

Title 16 Intoxicating Liquor
Chapter 281 Intoxicating Liquor Part 1 General Provisions Section 1 Definitions

“Alcohol” means the product of distillation of any fermented liquid, whether rectified or not, whatever may be the origin thereof, and includes synthetic ethyl alcohol, but not denatured or other alcohol which is considered non-potable under the customs laws of the United States.

“Liquor” or “intoxicating liquor” includes alcohol, brandy, whiskey, rum, gin, okolehao, sake, beer, ale, porter, and wine; and also includes, in addition to the foregoing, any spirituous, vinous, malt or fermented liquor, liquids, and compounds, whether medicated, proprietary, patented, or not, in whatever form and of whatever constituency and by whatever name called, containing one-half of one per cent or more of alcohol by volume, which are fit for use or may be used or readily converted for use for beverage purposes.

“Person” means and includes natural persons, associations, co-partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations, and also includes any agent, servant, and employee of such person.

“Wine” means any wine coming within the definition of wine contained in the United States Revenue Act of 1918 (Act of February 24, 1919), and includes sake.Section

Chapter 281 Intoxicating Liquors Part 1 General Provisions 3 Section Illegal manufacture, importation, or sale of liquor.

….provided that the head of any family may produce for family use and not for sale an amount of wine not exceeding two hundred gallons a year….


NOTE: The information presented here is not a substitute for legal advice.  For detailed information regarding the laws of your state please contact the state’s governing agency and/or a lawyer licensed to practice in your state.

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