Nilo Badua Wins Kaua’i Top Mai Tai Challenge at RumFire Poipu Beach

July 17, 2015


A 10-week competition between Kaua’i bartenders concluded with Nilo Badua winning the Kaua’i Mai Tai Challenge, hosted by Sheraton Kauai Resort and Young’s Market Company of Hawaii.

Badua was declared the champion following a four-hour final competition at the resort’s signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach.

Badua’s winning Mai Tai was inspired by his family who traveled from the Philippines to Hawai‘i to work for the sugarcane plantations.

His Plantation Mai Tai featured Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, Whaler’s Original Dark Rum, fresh lime juice, falernum, sugarcane juice, lemongrass simple syrup, and seasonal ingredients.

Drawing inspiration from the island’s farmers markets, Badua tweaked his recipe by adding homemade mountain apple juice and lilikoi (passion fruit) kombucha in the final round of competition.

The cocktail was garnished with a slice of starfruit, toasted macadamia nut and a piece of dry ice for a memorable presentation.

Badua, who represented Kalapaki Joe’s in the competition, was awarded two nights in an Ocean Front Suite at Sheraton Kauai Resort and a $100 dining credit at RumFire Poipu Beach.

The resort’s next rum-inspired event will be its 3rd Annual RumFest at RumFire Poipu Beach on Friday, August 14th, in advance of National Rum Day.

For more information about Sheraton Kauai Resort and RumFire Poipu Beach, visit www.sheraton-kauai.com or call (808) 742-1661.

Breakfast Offer

Enjoy daily breakfast for two at participating resorts on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

Sheraton Kauai Resort

An oceanfront location on Poipu Beach with an array of exhilarating water sports and a setting that invites you to indulge in luxury.

Heavenly Spa by Westin Presents Soothing Sun Escape

Freshly picked, the aloe is gently applied to the skin and covered with cooling green ti leaves to draw out heat and increase moisture.

Springing into March Green Madness!

When in Hawaii you must enjoy all that the Hawaiian paradise has to offer.

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani’s Famous Gingerbread Village

Famous Gingerbread Village will take on a new twist this year as the hotel’s culinary team partners with local schools.

Discover Hawaii


Book direct with Marriott Bonvoy™

Our most comprehensive list of perks are yours when you book directly with us. From peace of mind to more places to stay, you’ll start benefiting the moment you book. There’s more reason than ever to go nearly anywhere from here. Join Now

marriott bonvoy logo

shield icon

Best Rate Guarantee

wifi icon

Free Wi-Fi

cell phone icon

Mobile Check-in

bed icon

Enjoy Free Nights