Locals, celebrities get a taste of famous drink at annual Mai Tai Festival

  • Huggo's bartender Billy Gienger puts the finishing touches on his entry for the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Huggo's bartender Billy Gienger puts the finishing touches on his entry for the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Andrew Andrew Woodley represents Myna Bird in Honolulu creates his drink at the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Defending champion Kevin Beary from Three Dots and A Dash in Chicago presents his drink creation at the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Michael Kelly from the Royal Kona Resort pours his drink creation at the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Christopher Nevins from Maui pours his drink creation at the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Celebrity judges Sam Choy and Aaron Sanchez sample mai tais on the eve of the the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Friday evening at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Celebrity judge Aaron Sanchez tastes a drink creation at the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Aaron Sanchez and Sam Choy have a few things in common. They both hold the title of celebrity chef and they both have an appreciation for a famous tropical drink: the mai tai.