KUPUNA WISDOM: Legendary bartender Harry Yee shares his secret to living 100 years

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On September 26, 2018, Harry Yee celebrated his 100th birthday. The centenarian is the legendary bartender from the Hilton Hawaiian Village who created one of our island’s famed cocktails, the iconic “Blue Hawaii.” Yee shares his secret for living 100 years in our Kupuna Wisdom segment.

Known as a pioneer in tiki bar culture during the mid-twentieth century, Yee continues to be an inspiration among modern mixologists who are bringing back tiki-style cocktails. In the late 1950’s, Yee was asked by a Bols Liqueur representative to create a new drink using its new Blue Curacao. Thus, the Blue Hawaii was created. Yee went on to create more than 15 other specialty cocktails including the Tropical Itch, Hawaiian Eye, and Banana Daiquiri to name a few. He is known as the “king of tropical cocktails.”

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