6th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival Crowns a New Mai Tai Champ

Photos by Kevin Olson The annual search for the world’s greatest Mai Tai has concluded, with the sixth annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival crowning Michael Soo from Bar Crudo in Arizona. Soo, who competed with 20 other bartenders from the U.S. at the Royal Kona Resort this weekend, won $10,000. “I felt confident in my […]

Wendy Augustine of Haliimaile General Store is Crowned World’s Best Mai Tai Maker 2013

Wendy Augustine, a bartender at Hali‘imaile General Store, knows Mai Tais. She knows them so well, in fact, that this weekend her special Mai Tai blend won the coveted title of World’s Best Mai Tai, making her the first ever Maui bartender to win such a victory. The Mai Tai is Hawaii’s signature drink. This […]

Third Annual Kona Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at Royal Kona Resort Hawaii with Beachbum Berry, Sam Choy and Mick Fleetwood

Mai Tai Judges Mick Fleetwood and Sam Choy By Ryan Matsumoto

If rum’s history is a sordid tale of sugar and slaves, then the Mai Tai is its steamy love child, complete with a questionable blood line. Every spirit has one. In August, Mai Tai-philes gather at the Royal Kona Resort for the annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival honoring the drink’s colorful contribution to cocktail lore by celebrating the many creative incarnations it will become during the accompanying competition.

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Lamb Riblets at Honu Seafood and Pizza

Honu Seafood and Pizza is open! It must be my birthday because restaurateurs Mark and Judy Ellman and their lovely daughters Arianna Guarnier and Michelle Ellman have given me a gift in the form of another fun and fabulous Westside restaurant: Honu Seafood and Pizza, where the views take your breath away, the menu is trendsetting and […]

Following Maui’s flow of Mai Tais to Kona’s Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival


Mai Tai Me Up Ahhhh, Kona, Hawaii. You think sleepy little Kailua town on the big island. Think again. Once a year the town wakes up in a wash of Bacardi rum when the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival kicks off its weekend competition. With top mixologist talent showing up from all across the […]

3 Maui Bartenders are on their way to Bacardi Mai Tai Fest at the Royal Kona Resort


You can’t be a bartender in Hawaii with out knowing the Mai Tai. While some may despise the drink, others are willing to turn it into a creative outlet which I bore witness to at last week’s Mai Tai Mix Off preliminary competition at the Royal Lahaina. Ten bartenders went head to head in five seven minute rounds with their own personal recipes. The top three competitors will get a place at the Second Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival held on August 14 at the Royal Kona Resort.

Congratulations to MaiTai competition winners Blair, Ryan from Mala, and Jeff at Kor Westin and people’s choice Julie from Kahale’s


Blair took top awards with his kamaaina mai tai, w ryan burdens kiona aloha mai tai a show stopper, and jeff felice’s mai tai making an awesome blend of bacardi flavors   All bartenders in competition Peoples choice winner Julie Henson from Kahales beach Club kihei with joey gottesman Sent from my iPhone Posted via […]

Its all business at the @bacardi MaiTai mix off Judging table at the Royal Lahaina


> > This table is full of creative mai tai styling >   > > > Bacardi models > > > > Drink by Jeff Felice of westin KOR > > > > > Loved the strawberry mai tai from Maui Brewing Co joel Fleck > > > > > Sent from my iPhone Posted […]

Mai Tai Competion and Torched Cherry Bacardi Featured at Royal Lahaina Pool Party July 7!

Bacardi Mai Tai Maui Club Card

photo credit: brianholsclaw Mai Tais are like our State cocktail, at least for the tourists. But all of the bartenders here must make many Mai Tais daily. The Royal Lahaina Resort is hosting their chance to have a little fun with our “Hawaii-an punch” as twelve bartenders go glass to glass in a Mai Tai […]