On August 15, 2015, Royal Kona Resort celebrates the legendary Mai Tai cocktail at the seventh annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival. Come and mix it up as over 20 of the world’s top bartenders converge on the Big Island of Hawaii to battle for the title of World’s Best Mai Tai and a $10,000 cash prize.
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 award-winning, Grammy-nominated artist Henry Kapono from 2:30pm-4pm
Mai Tai Mix-off: From 4:30pm – 7:30pm 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. And, new for 2015, one lucky bartender contestant will receive a FREE 7-night / 8-day stay in a one-bedroom suite at their choice of any Diamond Resort in the United States (up to $6,300 value).