Hawaiian river of beer is real, tests positive for alcohol — Analysis

One of Hawaii’s tropical islands has seen a stream that was literally gushing with alcohol and emitting strong beery smells. After a water leak in a warehouse, the waters of this stream were contaminated with alcohol.

The island of Oahu is home to a tiny river which has a distinct alcoholic smell. It’s located 15 miles (24km) north of Honolulu. The waters of the Waipio Valley have flowed through it and created a waterfall 100 feet (30 meters) along their route.  

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Local environmental activists noticed the stream and were immediately drawn to it.

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,” activist Carroll Cox told local Hawaii News Now. The Department of Health was also reached out to her.

The unusual stream was sampled by local media and sent to a private lab for testing. It tested positive for alcohol, containing 1.2% percent of the substance in its waters – nearly a quarter the content in regular beer and strong enough to cause a buzz.

The investigation was initiated by local health officials. It was learned that the stream was coming from a drain pipe that was traced back to a warehouse of Hawaii’s largest liquor distributor, Paradise Beverages. Representatives of the company told media that they had been working closely with government officials in order to stop any potential spillage.

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