$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

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.

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