Mari was born at Stanford Hospital, at the tail end of the USA's bicentennial. Just over a year later, Mari's mother decided to escape the hazy Haight days of San Francisco and move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where Mari learned the ways of the Spirit of Aloha. Though a family emergency lead them back to the Bay Area in the mid 80's, the Aloha Spirit never left her soul. Throughout her life, Mari continued helping all who sought her advice and guidance. This spirit of connection has led to Mari’s vision: building a unique distillery in Hawaii, where a portion of sales from the distillery would benefit the people of Hawaii, protect water rights and farmland throughout the US. Marrying the distilling traditions from Mari's heritage of Irish, Scottish, Norwegian and American Indian, the distillery will also use local Hawaiian resources and products. Over the years, Mari has been involved in the bar and restaurant industry in a variety of roles. Currently, Mari manages restaurants on Maui, for a well known and highly respected restaurant family, whose motto is "Practice Aloha." She frequently visits San Francisco.