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Big Island Hotel Hosts Mai Tai Competition

July 21, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox


The Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island is hosting the First Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival August 22. The all-day event will feature a variety of activities topped off with a $10,000 “World’s Best Mai Tai” contest and a special evening concert by the award-winning group HAPA.

Other Festival activities will include a Big Island Marketplace, highlighting local produce and products and a “Battle of the BBQ” food tasting contest featuring Big Island chefs competing for title of “People’s Choice” in both taste and presentation. There will also be a seminar from world-renowned Beachbum Berry on the history of the Mai Tai.  

A modest fee is being charged to enter and participate in the contest and all entries must be received by July 29.  Further information can be obtained online at Special Mai Tai Festival hotel room rates are also available at the Royal Kona Resort for festival competitors and spectators.

The Royal Kona Resort overlooks Kailua Bay in the heart of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The full-service property features 436 guest rooms with views ranging from Garden to Ocean Front. For more resort information and reservations, call (800) 22-ALOHA (222-5642) or visit

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