The Spin Doctors Rock the Royal Kona Resort

Yesterday the Royal Kona Resort had quite a day.  It started off with a BBQ Cook-off that was won by Banjy’s Paradise Bar & Grill. Then they had a pool party and concert that featured Henry Kapono and Mick Fleetwood.

It was then time to have a $10,000 Mai Tai Mix-Off that was won by a Trump Waikiki bartender.   The night concluded with a rocking concert by the Spin Doctors!

The band played for about an hour and a half of some of their newer stuff as well as their more famous stuff.

I would say there was probably about 400 – 500 folks in attendance and they all seemed to really enjoy the concert.

I wish I had my better camera… you can click on the pictures below for larger views:


Some of the Restaurants Announced for the BBQ Cook-Off

Some of the restaurants that will be participating in the BBQ Cook-Off being held at the Royal Kona Resort on August 13th are the following:

Royal Kona’s Don The Beachcomber

Don the Beachcombers Stand at last years BBQ Cook-Off

Big Jakes Island BBQ

Roy’s Waikoloa

Roy's Waikoloa at last years BBQ Cook-Off

Romano’s Macaroni Grill



Outrigger Keauhou

Banji’s Paradise Par and Grill in Waikoloa

Other restaurants are still submitting and getting their applications approved.

Also on hand that afternoon will be Henry Kapono, the Mai-Tai Festival and The Spin Doctors under the moon!


The Worlds Best Mai Tai Fest, BBQ Cook-Off and The Spin Doctors Under the Stars

The Royal Kona Resort is having it’s 3rd Annual Mai Tai Festival, BBQ Cook-Off and Concert Under the Stars featuring The Spin Doctors on Saturday, August 13th, 2011.

Last year Third Eye Blind was the band that came from the mainland and I actually got on stage with them!

Here is a schedule of this years “mixer” with pictures from last years event.

Friday, August 12, 2011
5:00PM-6:00PM:VIP Reception and Meet & Greet the Spin Doctors (Invite Only)

8:30PM-11:30PM: Mai Tai Madness Kick-off Event. Don’s Mai Tai Bar will offer drink specials with music, dancing & Mai Tais. Join us for prizes, giveaways and more. Plus you never know who will show up at this special event.

Amy Day of Lahaina Bar and Grill

Amy Day of Lahaina Bar and Grill was a popular bartender last year

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Battle of the BBQ and Mai Tai Marketplace at the Luau Grounds (Free Entry)
Come browse as local vendors and artisans from across Hawaii will display and sell their handcrafted items and delicious food.

Local restaurants/chefs compete for title of the World’s Best BBQ. Taster plates are available for purchase and you get to vote for People’s Choice.

BBQ Ribs

Voting open from 11:00am-1:30pm – with winner announced at 1:45pm.


All food & beverage purchases will be made by script. Script sales booths will be located throughout the property.

Script Sales

Henry Kapono Poolside CD Release Party (Free Entry)
Henry and his band will take the stage poolside for one and a half hours of Live Music. Kick back or boogie down with a Mai Tai as we enjoy the island rhythms of this world renowned performer.

Henry Kapono

Mai Tai Mix-off (Free Entry)
25 Bartenders from across the globe compete for the coveted title of World’s Best Mai Tai and the $10,000 cash prize.

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

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

You will be amazed at the creative and inspired Mai Tais while you are entertained by Beachbum Berry. Beachbum is a certified Rum expert who will give us the low down on all things rum. Joey Gottesman, our esteemed emcee will keep you laughing and engaged for this 3-hour spectacular.

Mai Tai Contest

Spin Doctors – Live and Under the Stars
Listen to the classic hits of the Spin Doctors as they play their first Hawaii concert on our Luau grounds stage. Tickets are on sale now and will sell out so be sure to book early. Cost is $55 per person. Seating is limited and intimate. Visit to purchase.

And one week later on August 20th at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui… the Spin Doctors will also play.