Let’s drink to that

Bill Buley / The Garden Island

Kumu Sabra Kauka, second from left, gets assistance from Koloa Rum Company Chief Financial Officer Alicia Iverson in sprinkling water on the ground where the company’s new facilities will be, Wednesday in Koloa. Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, third from left, and company President and CEO Bob Gunter, fifth from left, and other dignitaries look on.

Bill Buley / The Garden Island

Kumu Sabra Kauka, third from left, leads the blessing and groundbreaking ceremony in Koloa for the Koloa Rum Company’s new facilities Wednesday morning. From left are Emmsley-James Drake, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, Koloa Rum President and CEO Bob Gunter and Koloa Rum Chief Financial Officer Alicia Iverson.

KOLOA — Robert Weist is one of the original investors in the Koloa Rum Company. Wednesday morning, he smiled with pride as he took part in a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at its new site in Koloa.