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Big Island Events

The Big Island of Hawaii is host to many popular events including sports competitions, cultural experiences, film and music festivals, concerts, food and wine events, stage shows and more. For more information about special activities and events happening during you stay please visit the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau website.

The Royal Kona Resort's stunning oceanfront setting is perfect for special events and concerts. We have proudly hosted the annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival; and concerts by Five for Fighting, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Spin Doctors, Henry Kapono, and the David Bromberg Trio.

Don The Beachcomer Mai Tai Festival:

Saturday, August 15, 2015

On Saturday August 15th the Royal Kona Resort will host the 7th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival. The full-day, fun-filled festival features big prize money for the winners of the World's Best Mai Tai Contest. Bartenders from around the world will create their own signature spin on Hawaii's classic favorite drink, the Mai Tai, using Sammy's Beach Bar Rum. Throughout the Festival guests will enjoy live entertainment, a pool party, arts and crafts displays, a BBQ cook-off contest, food booths, and lots more. Best of all, entry is FREE. Visit our festival website for more details.

Sean Wilkinson:

Sundays from 5pm-7pm

After playing back up for big name entertainers for dozens of years, award-winning percussionist Sean Wilkinson ventured to Hawaii some 30 years ago and now brings his smooth, easy listening jazz sounds to Don's Mai Tai Bar at Royal Kona Resort. Free admission. Happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Dates and information subject to change. Call 808-930-3286 for more information.

Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez:

Select Saturdays from 5pm-7pm

Check out Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez rockin' da uke at Don's Mai Tai Bar at Royal Kona Resort. Free admission. Happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Dates and information subject to change. Call 808-930-3286 for more information.

Hawaiian Music Series Concerts:

Thursdays from 5pm - 7pm

Royal Kona Resort presents free Legends of Hawaiian Music concert series showcasing the diversity of today's Hawaiian music scene every Thursday at Don's Mai Tai Bar. Free admission. Happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Dates and information subject to change. Call 808-930-3286 for more information.

  • First Thursday with John Cruz
    John Cruz has distinguished himself as one of the most talented artists to ever come from Hawaii. He is a Grammy winning singer songwriter whose albums have earned Na Hoku Awards. His contemporary melodies are warm and heartfelt, and his vocals are passionate and soulful. Enjoy hearing him perform live on the first Thursday of each month.

  • Second Thursday with John Keawe
    John Keawe is a Grammy and multiple Na Hoku award-winning slack-key guitarist, recording artist, and composer. John's playing of the Hawai'ian slack key guitar is Hawai'ian music at its modern finest, taking the best of an established tradition and embellishing it with a personal touch. Hear him live the second Thursday of the month.

  • Third Thursday with Henry Kapono
    Henry Kapono is an award-winning, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. His contemporary rock sound touches the soul with the simple honesty of his lyrics and music, and his gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice haunts you long after he leaves the stage. Join us the third Thursday of the month for a spellbinding performance.

  • Fourth Thursday with Cyril Pahinui
    Cyril Pahinui has contributed to more than 35 Hawaiian musical releases and three Grammy Award-winning compilations of Hawaiian music. On the Fourth Thursday of the month, Cyril Pahinui skillfully combines Hawaii's favorite stringed instruments - ukulele, slack key and steel guitar into a brilliantly arranged collection of Hawaiian music.