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Cooking Channel to Feature the Flavors of the Big Island and Oahu Beginning Next Week

Hawaii is truly paradise… from picture postcard rainbows to the best surf and beaches and astounding volcanoes! And be prepared to be amazed by the food.  The Cooking Channel discovers the best the Big Island and Oahu have to offer, as well as the stories and passion behind the dishes during the Month of October.

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Christian Self mixes up a $10,000 winning mai tai at the 2010 Don the Beachcombers Mai Tai Mix Off

Kick it off with a Mai Tai from star bar chef Christian Self at Honolulu’s Waikiki EDITION hotel. Then head over to legendary 4 star chef Alan Wong’s restaurant and then the small gem Town, with up and coming chef Ed Kenney.

Follow that up with the best farm-raised Wagyu beef at Merriman’s Waimea, and a seafood odyssey at the Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, and we’ve got the main courses covered! And of course there’s plate lunch at Helena’s and some sweet Hawaiian treats, mochi and Kona coffee. Plus, a Kanack Attack and a major Luau… Aloha!

The show will air at least five times before the end of October (times listed are Eastern):

  • October 11, 2011 9:00 PM
  • October 11, 2011 1:00 AM
  • October 16, 2011 11:00 PM
  • October 16, 2011 3:00 AM
  • October 23, 2011 8:00 AM

The production visited a number of locations on both islands, which ones made the cut and which got left on the editing room floor remains to be seen.  Here’s where they shot at:



$10,000 Awarded to Oahu Bartender at 2nd Annual Don the Beachcomber’s Mai Tai Festival

Christian Self (right) from the 39 Hotel on Oahu holds his check and tiki trophy

The 2nd annual Don the Beachcombers Mai Tai Festival was Saturday evening and 27 bartenders from around the world came to compete for $10,000 in prize money.

Amy Day of Lahaina Bar and Grill was my personal favorite... LOL

Each bartender was brought to this event from other contests that were held throughout the year, so this was truly the best of the best.

The Crowd looks on intensely

The one thing about an event like this… is the competitors only make enough Mai Tai’s for the judges themselves.

Hawaii Musician Chris Gilliom was one of the lucky judges

I had a few people ask me if I could get them a drink… lol.


The event was co-hosted by BACARDI and the Royal Kona Resort and one thing that I learned later on in the evening… is that in order to have a great Mai Tai… you have to have a great rum.

BACARDI was the rum of choice for all of these bartenders.

With all good drinks… you gotta have food!

From Left to Right - Maki Sushi, Crab Salad Sliders and my personal favorite... Lobster Mac & Cheese

And the winning Mai Tai being made by Christian Self of the 39 Hotel in Honolulu.

Christian Self starts the drink off

"I wear my sunglasses at night"...

Almost finished... time ticking