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World’s Best Mai Tai Revealed At Royal Kona Resort For 2018

Bar Leather Apron’s Justn Park takes top title and wins $10,000 grand prize for the third time

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (August 19, 2018) – The Royal Kona Resort celebrated the 10th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival on August 18 showcasing 21 of the world’s top bartenders and mixologists as they competed for the title of Mai Tai World Champion.

The 2018 Festival crowned Hawaii’s very own Justin Park of Bar Leather Apron in Honolulu, the winner of the $10,000 first place prize and coveted title as the creator of the “World’s Best Mai Tai”. This is Park’s third win in the past seven years, securing top honors in 2012 and 2015. Last year’s winner, Kevin Beary of Three Dots and A Dash in Chicago, Illinois placed second and received $5,000. Third place winner of $2,500 was awarded to Cory Starr, also with Three Dots and A Dash in Chicago.

For the past ten years, Royal Kona Resort on the Island of Hawaii has been celebrating the popular Mai Tai cocktail gathering hundreds of visitors including celebrities to cheer on their favorite mixologist. The three-hour contest produced unique recipes paying tribute to the classic rum drink with the cocktail creations judged by a special panel based on taste, creativity and name.

For more information, please visit http://www.donsmaitaifest.com

About Royal Kona Resort

Located on the Island of Hawaii’s scenic lava-lined coast, the Royal Kona Resort is an oceanfront landmark in the heart of Kailua-Kona. The resort is centrally situated near renowned Alii Drive and a variety of restuarants, shops, historical sites and activities. The newly renovated Alii, Lagoon, and Bay Towers offer spacious guestrooms with sweeping views of the ocean and mountain skylines. Home of the World’s Best Mai Tai, the resort also features a private saltwater swimming lagoon and world-class tennis courts that accommodate guests day or night. For more information on the Royal Kona Resort, visit www.royalkona.com.

About Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts

As pioneers in Hawaii tourism, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts is a hospitality mangement group with a growing portfolio of properties totaling over 1,200 rooms. Born out of hotel ownership, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts has a unique understanding of the Hawaii market, offering Hawaii hotel owners measurable results in profitability and guest satisfaction, and unparalleled management experience. For more information, visit www.hawaiianhotels.com.

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