A man hiking last week in Hawaii came across what some would consider a dream come true––a river of beer.
The man was hiking in Waipio, on Hawaii’s Oahu island, when he caught a strong smell of alcohol wafting up from a nearby stream.
The man said the smell was horrific, making it easier not to just lay at the shore and lap it up.
“The other day we came here you would think it was a beer pub that hadn’t opened its doors for three or four days”
– environmental activist Carroll Cox
He contacted Carroll Cox, a local activist and advocate who runs the nonprofit EnviroWatch, who visited the scene with his colleagues. They discovered the stream was contaminated by spillage from Paradise Beverages, one of Hawaii’s largest alcohol and liquor distributors, which had a warehouse just across the freeway. A storm drain that poked out from underneath the highway expelled the water down a cliff and into the stream.
Government officials have been informed, and Paradise Beverages are cooperating with investigations.
“It may be coming from us so that’s why we’re working with the proper authorities.”
– Anthony Rowe, the distributor’s director of operations
Hawaii News Now tested the stream water’s alcohol level. It was 1.2%. The water also contained sugar ― about .04% of its content.
— Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) November 11, 2021