$10k To The Best Mai Tai Maven + Spin Doctors

Sip delectable umbrella drinks on the shores of Kona with the Spin Doctors at the Royal Kona Resort

$10k To The Best Mai Tai Maven + Spin Doctors

Mixmasters, libation-seekers and anyone with "a little captain in them" should make haste to Kona, where the third annual Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival will unfold at the Royal Kona Resort on August 13, 2011. This ain’t no fluffy fete: The winner of the most succulent concoction will head home with $10,000 in their shaker.

Aside from the hefty prize money, the winner can tout their recipe of the “World’s Best Mai Tai” for life—something Parrotheads, rum enthusiasts, beach dwellers and general umbrella drink enthusiasts take very, very seriously.

Judging this year are a panel of true libations experts, beginning with rocker Mick Fleetwood, Hawaiian celeb chef Sam Choy, Hawaii Beverage Guide publisher Chris Teves, mixologist Manny Hinojosa and the ultimate connoisseur of all-things-rum, Beach Bum Berry.

But fear not, those who have a hard time justifying a neighbor island jaunt (or even an excuse to leave the house) merely for something that involves alcohol—the all-day event features a BBQ contest; a “Mai Tai Marketplace” with local crafts, arts, clothing and foods; Beach Bum Berry will hold a Mai Tai history seminar; a CD release party for Henry Kapono, who will entertain poolside; capped by an evening concert with the early ‘90s band, Spin Doctors.

Attendance to the daytime events are free, guests will have to buy scripts for food and drink. Tickets for the Spin Doctors range from $35 to $55. Royal Kona Resort has special event rates that begin at $200 per room night which includes two tickets to the big concert.

Those on the Big Island the evening prior to the main event can opt for a Friday evening reception with Mai Tai drink specials, giveaways and the Spin Doctors hanging out with the crowds.

For additional information or to book special rates at the ocean-fronting, epically located Royal Kona Resort, head over to www.RoyalKona.com

Featuring a BBQ contest; a “Mai Tai Marketplace” with local crafts, arts, clothing and foods; Beach Bum Berry will hold a Mai Tai history seminar; a CD release party for Henry Kapono, who will entertain poolside; capped by an evening concert with the early ‘90s band, Spin Doctors.