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.


4 Responses

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  2. is the spin doctors old now and your just showing what they used to look like or what? I have been major disappointed for most concerts that come here, bands from the day, any one know if there still good?

  3. What I don’t like about the Mai Tai Festival is that spectators don’t have any access to different mai tais! The bar doesn’t change its drink menu and there is no “taster’s flight” or anything like that. So you go, there’s all this talk about fancy mai tais, and you don’t get to taste any of them!

    It’s silly.

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