I just noticed that quite a few of my posts are about beer (and I don’t even drink the stuff!). But, I couldn’t resist writing about the second annual Great Waikiki Beer Festival in Hawaii because it’s not just a beer fest — it’s also a chance to help wounded veterans. And, I’m a sucker for a good cause!

I’m also a sucker for Kenny Loggins (I was a kid in the ’80’s). And, guess what? The Grammy-award winning singer is performing at the event, held on August 27 from 6-10 pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort on the Great Lawn fronting Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.

Whether you go for the beer, the entertainment, or the good karma, here are some of the details for this year’s event:

  • More than 100 featured seasonal, local, and craft beers will be available
  • 30 wines will also be available.
  • Additional entertainment provided by Shar Carillo, Simplisity, and HAPA
  • The featured local microbreweries will include Honolulu Beerworks, Waikiki Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co. and Maui Brewing Co. Beverages will be available from Mainland breweries including San Diego’s Iron Fist Brewery, Chicago’s Goose Island and Rogue out of Newport, Oregon.
  • Food options will include kiawe-smoked brisket sandwiches on sweet bread buns and bratwurst on hoagie buns.
  • A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Ohana, a local nonprofit group that cares for injured and disabled military service members and their families.

Photo: Hilton Hawaiian Village

Ticket Information:

  • VIP $100 Ticket includes:
    • Early entry at 5 pm
    • Ten 4 oz. beer samples
    • Two food tickets
    • Validated parking for one car
    • Live entertainment
  • General $69.50 Ticket includes:
    • Ten 4 oz. beer samples
    • Live entertainment

And, of course, there’s a military discount: 15% Military Discount (Must show valid Military ID)

“With the local brewery scene growing, this year’s event will feature some newcomers as well as some favorites from last year,” Jeffrey Yedlin, director of food and beverage at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, told Pacific Business News.

Photo: Hilton Hawaiian Village

Still deciding on a resort for your Hawaii vacation? Just call Hawaii Aloha Travel and ask for a room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Our local, professional travel agents are dialed-in with the latest promotions and discounts available at the resort. AND, you’ll be right in the middle of the action during the Great Waikiki Beer Festival in Hawaii.

It’s not like you NEED an excuse to drink beer on the beach in Hawaii, but wouldn’t it feel good to drink a cold one knowing you’re donating to a good cause? So, make your plans now, and head to Waikiki for one of the biggest beer festivals in Hawaii!


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