Banjy’s Takes the Battle of the BBQ at the Royal Kona Resort

Well the Battle of the BBQ just ended at the Royal Kona Resort and Banjy’s Paradise Bar & Grill walked away with both the “Peoples Choice Award” and the “Judges Choice Award”.

The cooks and restaurant employees celebrate the moment of victory.

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and rocker Mick Fleetwood were on hand to give them their “Tiki Trophies”.

Henry Kapono is now on stage

And there is also a pool party going on now.

The $10,000 Mai Tai Mix off is a about to begin and I will post results after the event.

I arrived as it was ending so I didn’t get to many pictures of the food unfortunately!


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!


Henry Kapono, “The Wild Hawaiian” Live in Concert at 2011 Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest”

Media Release:

Kapono means “righteous” in Hawaiian, and Henry Kapono will deliver some righteous Hawaiian music Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the Big Island Film Festival Best of the Fest Concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i Plantation Estate.


Henry Kapono

Athlete, self taught musician, singer, songwriter, traveler, author and actor, Kapono is part of Hawaii’s groundbreaking duo, Cecilio & Kapono, which reunites annually.  His musical career, including 14 solo albums starting with “Stand in the Light” in 1981, has achieved numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and a Grammy nomination for “The Wild Hawaiian.”  Described as “a very ‘Bohemic’ collage of innovation and creativity continually evolving in a way that very few artists are able to sustain,” Kapono’s music reaches out to a broad international fan community.

“Henry is a fabulous addition to this year’s Big Island Film Festival,” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “Not only will his music wow the crowd at Best of the Fest on Sunday, he’s an actor in one of the movies ‘Get a Job’ starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom on Thursday night at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Plantation Estate.”


Tickets go on sale April 1, and can be purchased on line at Best of the Fest tickets are $40 at the door ($30 kama‘āina) and $35 in advance ($25 kama‘āina), $10 keiki 6-12.  Admission includes Henry Kapono Concert, the audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2011 and Silent Auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project for America’s veterans.  In addition, Hilo’s own Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”) will make a special appearance and receive a Big Island Film Festival Ha’aheo Award.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival, a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, takes place May 11˗15, 2011 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani. (Self-parking validated.) Individual event tickets and passes are available April 1.

Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. Free Grand Opening May 11 at The Shops at Mauna Lani, to welcome the filmmakers and celebrities, and enjoy short films.

Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14.  Daytime movies at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Amphitheatre (times vary) and nightly double-feature Festival Films (up to R-rated) at their Plantation Estate, 7:30-11:30 p.m.  Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14.  Filmmaker Workshops with Naketha Mattocks and Ron Osborn.

Sunday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.  “Best of the Fest” featuring Henry Kapono in concert and audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short of BIFF 2011.

For complete schedule information and tickets, visit