Tickets on sale now for Deep Island Hawaiian Rum’s “Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest” at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas  

DIHR_EventPoster_8.5x11_686Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, in partnership with The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, today announced that tickets are on sale for its inaugural Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest, which benefits the Maui Culinary Academy. The contest, which is themed to find the quintessential Hawaiian rum cocktail, will take place LIVE on Saturday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m. (VIP) and 6:00 p.m. (general admission) at Pūlehu, an Italian Grill at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest general admission and VIP tickets are on sale now for $50.00 and $65.00, respectively, at In addition, general admission tickets will be available for $65.00 at the door.

Westin Kaanapali Resort Villas

Westin Kaanapali Resort Villas

Last month, contestants submitted recipes for the quintessential rum cocktail featuring Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. The pool of contestants has now been narrowed down to four finalists: Jacob Caracheo of Kihei with his Maui-Melon-Jito; James Shoemaker of Paia with his Flower of the Cane; Ka’ai Fong of Kihei with his Sokyrka; and Gabe Harvey of Kihei with his Maika’i. On July 25, they will face off live at the Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest. Event attendees, along with a panel of judges, will sample and vote for their favorite quintessential rum cocktail. The winner’s cocktail will be displayed on bar menus at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, and the winner will receive a three-night stay at this AAA four diamond resort in Maui, Hawaii and $500 cash.

svo5647re-142870-Pulehu an Italian Grill“We are thrilled about the Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest submissions and really believe that Hawai‘i’s next quintessential rum cocktail is among these four finalists,” said Shay Smith, CEO of Hawaii Sea Spirits, makers of Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. “We look forward to the event on July 25 and encourage rum lovers to come help us name a winner.”

Following the cocktail contest, three local, celebrity chefs, Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events, Greg Gaspar of Black Rock Kitchen and Robert Barrera of Pineapple Grill, will work with teams of students from the Maui Culinary Academy in a “Culinary Rum Scrum” to design a distinctive dish featuring Deep Island Hawaiian Rum.

svo5647ag-142110-Koi Pond“At The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, we are committed to not only providing guests with local, fresh food and beverage options, but also supporting our community,” said the resort’s director of food & beverage, Brandon Maeda. “This Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest mixes both of these missions to serve up an experience that will be both fun and meaningful.”

Rum Scrum Cocktail Contest general admission and VIP tickets are on sale now for $50.00 and $65.00, respectively, at In addition, general admission tickets will be available for $65.00 at the door.

For more information, check out @DeepIslandRum and @WestinKorVillas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum WAVE is made from organic sugar cane and delivers an exceptional rum experience complete with all of the flavor and character that is germane to fresh pressed cane juice. Blended with deep ocean mineral water sourced 3,000 feet deep off the Kona Coast of Hawaii, the taste is a little bit sweet with hints of tropical florals and rich dark molasses – all in a fresh, mixable, sippable authentic Maui native rum. Named for its cultural relevance as much as its physical description of Hawaii, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum embodies the very spirit of our tropical islands. Hand crafted by Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC, Kula, Maui, Hawai’i (40% ALC/VOL 80 Proof). More information is available online at

About Hawaii Sea Spirits

Hawaii Sea Spirits is a producer of ultra premium spirits comprised of craft distilling engineers that are respectfully referred to as libation artists with an acute attention to detail. Our insatiable thirst to create mouthful wonders led us down a path like a divining rod to the source of our obsession…the juice origin. SUGAR CANE. Planted in virgin soil and only fed natural sunlight and deep well water, we have successfully added organic farming to our list of daily passions. We also use sunlight to power the equipment on our property. The solar-powered facility resides on the beautiful slopes of Haleakala in Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Proud proprietors with 80+ acres of breathtaking views, our organic farm and distillery are open seven days a week with guided tours, product sampling and a gift shop of souvenirs. More information is available at

About The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Located on 26 oceanfront acres of North Kā‘anapali Beach, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas provide spacious villa accommodations with Westin amenities such as the Heavenly Bed, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers. The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general stores with a deli, excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, Westin Kids Club, full-service Spa Helani, golf and resort activities for all ages. Other fun pursuits such as whale watching (November to April), catamaran sailing adventures, hiking, horseback riding and championship golfing are easily accessible. The resort also offers a multitude of watersport activities, as well as complimentary shuttle services to Lahaina town. Visit

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