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Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival on Hawaii island celebrates the cocktail

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    Mai tai contest presentations can be elaborate.

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    This ono dish was one of the entries in last year’s Battle of the BBQ contest.

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    Kevin Beary, from Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, was the 2017 winner of the mai tai contest. He was invited to return to participate in last year’s 10th annual event.

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    Henry Kapono and his band perform as festival attendees frolic in the Royal Kona Resort’s pool.

Hawaii’s allure is due in part to the mai tai, a rum-based cocktail that actually traces its beginnings to California. Read more

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