Kona Big Wave, the premium island-style beer, is encouraging fans to “Bring the Aloha” with a campaign celebrating the brand’s relaunch that features a brand-new logo, refreshed packaging design and four new commercials ― all centered on a new brand world firmly rooted in Hawaii’s powerful aloha spirit.  

After nearly 30 years, Kona Big Wave is poised to break out as the next premium lifestyle brand and introduce the winning beer to broader audiences around the country, it says. With massive ambitions to be one of the leaders within the premium beer space, Kona Big Wave is catapulting into a new era this summer with a full relaunch that amplifies its core brand purpose of evoking the “spirit of Aloha” and revitalizes its brand world to build a more universal emotional appeal. 

As part of these efforts, Kona Big Wave will rebrand from Kona Brewing Co. and debut a new logo and packaging design that heroes the brand’s distinct hibiscus flower and features a more modern, simple aesthetic and brighter color palette, the company says. This packaging refresh stays true to the DNA of Big Wave, while moving toward vibrant and aspirational imagery to keep with its easy-drinking liquid, ultimately paving the way for Kona Big Wave to transcend the craft beer segment and compete directly with the premium category, it adds. 

To celebrate the launch of the new brand world, Kona’s “Bring the Aloha” campaign showcases the shared bonds that connect us to one another and to the natural world, inviting people to experience the island lifestyle, without a specific destination; a paradise that’s universally accessible, not distant; and a sense that with Kona Big Wave, you’ve arrived, no matter where you are.  

Shot in Oahu, the campaign will come to life through commercials, paid social media, web, OOH, trade and more, with dynamic imagery that evokes the vibrancy and vitality of Hawaii, where Kona was founded. Anchored by four new commercials, each one shows how genuine, magical moments of harmony are created with each other and the natural world when you choose to “Bring the Aloha”: 

  • While surfing by a stunning Hawaiian beach with majestic mountains in the backdrop, “Mean Mug” captures how sharing aloha can build unexpected camaraderie with strangers. 
  • “Dad’s Chair” shows how sharing the aloha can transform even the most awkward exchanges into a meaningful acceptance into the ohana. 
  • “Standoff” serves as a reminder of how bringing the aloha spirit can transform potential rivals into long-lasting friends.  
  • A simple, yet powerful gesture is at the core of the “Noisy Neighbors” spot, with refreshing Kona Big Wave prompting a newfound connection between neighbors on the beach. 

“Kona Big Wave has always been beloved for its authentic connection to the Hawaiian lifestyle and its easy-drinking, island-inspired taste,” said Meredith Ruskin, vice president of marketing for Kona Big Wave, in a statement. “Now, with a modernized brand look and a new campaign that celebrates and shares stories of the Aloha spirit, we will be able to ‘Bring the Aloha’ to even more fans around the country.” 

As part of the new campaign, Kona Big Wave will be celebrating ‘Acts of Aloha’ all summer long, with more details to come.