Music and Mai Tais at Don the Beachcomber

Big Island Guide Travel Guide

There’s no shortage of excellent mai-tais in Hawaii, but there’s an absolute must-do experience for visitors to Hawaii’s Big lsland, craving the classic tropical cocktail: enjoying Thursday night live music with delicious mai-tais at Don the Beachcomber.

Nestled within the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona, this Tiki-style restaurant and separate mai tai bar encompasses everything unique and memorable about the Hawaiian experience: a waterfront view, breezy tables and seating areas, and delicious cocktails with island-fresh garnishes.

The largest open-air, ocean-facing bar in the village, Don’s Mai Tai Bar offers more to enjoy than most establishment can imagine. Gentle Hawaiian music echoes through the entire expanse as guests enjoy a choice between 10 different mai tai recipes, all while taking in the panoramic views of the Pacific.

Each Thursday, live music from the bar’s acclaimed Legends of Hawaiian Music concert series entertain guests and provide an outlet for some of Hawaii’s very best musicians to share their craft and musical passions. Shows are from 5pm-7pm with Free admission and Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm. This event tends to be very busy, so get there early if possible.

Some of the featured musicians playing this incredible venue are Led Kaapana a master of stringed instruments. His slack key guitar, and impressive baritone have made him a music legend. John Keawe, a Grammy and multiple Na Hoku award-winning slack-key guitarist and composer. Henry Kapono, award-winning, Grammy nominated contemporary rock singer/songwriter. Brother Noland, an inspiring musician playing a fusion of Hawaiian & Reggae music, slack key and Hawaiian swing.

Your standard bar amenities are there, too – big-screen TVs broadcast sporting events nightly and a full bar provides your favorite cocktails and more than 14 draft beers on tap (featuring many Big Island Brewhaus and world-famous Kona Brewing Company brews).

If your Thursday evening slot is open, there’s no better place to be on the Big Island’s western coast.

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