Celebrate Hawaii’s Iconic Umbrella Drink on August 17

Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival

One of Hawaii Island’s most popular summer events takes place this month – the 11th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, August 17. More than 20 of the planet’s top bartenders will be mixing and shaking it as they compete for the “World’s Best Mai Tai” title and the $10,000 cash prize that comes along with it.

Participant’s entry from previous competition.

Festival Highlights

  • Mai Tai Marketplace: Shop for crafts and island treats from local artisans and merchants from 11am-4pm
  • Battle of the BBQ: Taste and vote for Hawaii’s best barbecue from 11am-2pm
  • Pool Party: Listen to live music from local Hawaiian artists by the pool from 2:30pm-4pm
  • Mai Tai Mix-off: Watch bartenders from around the world vie for the title of World’s Best Mai Tai and cash prizes. First place winner receives $10,000, second place winner receives $5,000, and third place winner receives $2,500. From 4:30pm – 7:30pm.

Barbecue favorites from previous years’ festivals – shrimp on the barbie and ribs, glorious ribs!

This fun-filled, day-long event is open to the public with complimentary admission. Scrip will be sold at the event for food and some beverage purchases, while some drinks and food will be sold via cash and credit.

One of Hawaii’s most beloved musicians, Henry Kapono, right, will perform again this year. All photos courtesy of Don the Beachcomber Annual Mai Tai Festival Website.

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