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The Hukilau site is live.
More details to come.

I’ll be doing a presentation and hosting a Mai-Kai hospitality room.

Joe and Donella Vitale are the featured artists. They, along with King Kukulele and I are the only people who have attended every Hukilau.

Supporting Hukilau is supporting the Mai-Kai. This event exists because of the Mai-Kai and it exists to promote it by getting media exposure and adding new fans.

I have been working with Richard who owns the event now for a few years and he is a great guy. He was going to the Mai-Kai long before Hukilau existed. He shares my desire to keep supporting and promoting the Mai-Kai



"Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" the book

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Hey Tim That link does not work for me.
Good luck with Hukilau.

[ Edited by: tikiskip 2018-01-05 06:14 ]

The coding on the url was bad: it was posted as http//www.thehukilau.com but should be http://www.thehukilau.com.

An Atomic Grog exclusive: Everything you need to know about The Hukilau 2018, including a full preview and tons of photos from 2017, plus two recipes from the Tiki Tower Takeover ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/01/17/the-hukilau-2018-tickets-on-sale-now-more-bands-more-bars-more-tiki/


Party like it’s 2009: Los Straitjackets (left) will headline The Hukilau for a second time, while The Intoxicators will make their 13th appearance at the Tiki party in Fort Lauderdale. (Photos from The Hukilau 2009)


Rum ambassador Ian Burrell presents a symposium at The Hukilau 2017 (Atomic Grog photo). He’ll be joined in 2018 by cocktail pioneer and influential musician/DJ Brother Cleve (Photo by Audrey Harrer).


South Florida artists Will Anders (left) and Tom Fowner led popular craft classes at The Hukilau 2017. They'll both be back in 2018. (Left photo by Heather McKean, right photo by The Atomic Grog)


Tim “Swanky” Glazner (right) presents a one-of-a-kind symposium featuring legends of The Mai-Kai at The Hukilau 2017. He'll have an all-new symposium in 2018. (Atomic Grog photo)

The Hukilau 2018 symposiums to include Disney imagineer, Tiki on TV

Polynesian Pop has always been deeply ingrained in American culture, from Tiki’s mid-century heyday through today. This symbiotic relationship will be explored in colorful detail during special symposiums at The Hukilau, the 17th annual Tiki weekender happening June 6-10 in Fort Lauderdale.

Among the special presentations that are going on sale today at TheHukilau.com are “Travel with Trader Sam” hosted by Disney imagineer Kyle Barnes and “The Golden Age of Tiki and the South Pacific on Television” with film and video collector Ron Ferrell.

Guests who buy multi-day passes will get first shot at these and other educational activities, including Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy classes and rum tastings, craft classes with noted artists, plus many other hands-on activities. Also going on sale are tickets to the three aquatic performances by Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her pod of aquaticats at The Wreck Bar at the nearby B Ocean Resort.

Full story and preview from The Atomic Grog ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/01/26/the-hukilau-2018-symposiums-to-include-disney-imagineer-tiki-on-tv/

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Swanky posted on Tue, May 8, 2018 5:15 AM

Bob Van Dorpe: Purveyor and Preservationist of Polynesia - A nearly unknown force behind the opening of the Mai-Kai, he was Donn Beach's best friend, and a Don the Beachcomber Chicago veteran. Bob Van Dorpe, with his good friend and partner Herb Kane, shaped Hawaii and Hawaiian culture profoundly. We'll explore his career through interviews and unpublished, never before seen images of the Mai-Kai and various Polynesian themed projects around the Pacific rim.

Check out this never before seen image of the original entrance and sign for the Molokai Bar. More images of the caves and black velvets inside. 80 detailed images of the Mai-Kai circa 1959 in color. Just amazing stuff.

Very cool, Swanky! Is this stuff that turned up in your Donn Beach research, or things that didn't fit into the Mai Kai book?

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Swanky posted on Wed, May 9, 2018 5:19 AM

On 2018-05-08 12:09, Prikli Pear wrote:
Very cool, Swanky! Is this stuff that turned up in your Donn Beach research, or things that didn't fit into the Mai Kai book?

Yes, part of the Donn Beach research.

My Hukilau tickets are up for sale - wife is going to have some pretty hard-core knee surgery (again) and we will not be able to attend.

I have two full South Seas passes, which is the ultimate pass, offering all 5 days events. This includes early access to the Tiki Tower Takeover, luXotica late night, and a limited edition pendant created by Crazy Al available only to South Seas pass holders.

I have a number of cool symposium tickets as well -- I paid around $800 for the passes and about another $200 for various symposia.

Please PM me if interested. I will sell at a discount. Thank you.

ICYMI: Single-day tickets are on sale now!

There's a Thursday night ticket, a Friday night ticket, and a Friday night/Saturday combo option ...

https://thehukilau.com/day-passes-and-single-event-tickets/

Also, several more events (including the Tiki Tower Takeover) are sold out. Act now and don't miss out!

We'll miss you Ace Explorer! I'm the guy that had the Wood's Old Navy tasting. Best to your wife!

Some new events have been added:


If you missed out on the sold out exotica party on Thursday night, or want something a bit more primitive, you won't want to miss Space Apes & Cavemen featuring DJ James Brown's Sweat, The Neanderthals and The Disasternauts. Thursday night at 10:30 at Pier 66. If you already have your ticket to Late Night Exotica, you can attend both parties at no additional charge.
https://thehukilau.com/special-events/space-apes-cavemen/

Surf Guitar Lesson & Workshop with Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets. Villagers will help pick a song the class will learn, then one student from the class will be selected to play the song with Eddie live at The Mai-Kai on Saturday night. This not a class for beginners. You need to be an intermediate level or higher guitarist to participate. You will need to bring your own guitar or source one locally, but amp is not needed.
Tickets available at https://thehukilau.com/symposiums/eddie-angel-guitar-lesson/

Also, this may not be complete, but here are many of the sponsors who will be providing rum and other support for the cocktail classes:

Angostura, Appleton, Bacardi, Barbancourt, Cane Land, Cut Water, Denizen, Diplomatico, Don Q, Florida Mermaid, Gubba Rum, Hamilton Rum, House of Agricole, Lemon Hart, Plantation, Tanduay, Coco Real, Orgeat Works.

Aloha!

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Hearn posted on Thu, May 31, 2018 1:27 PM

Anyone have (2) extra tics for Velvet Painting Symposium?

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Hey all, if you're at Hukilau and have time on Saturday or Sunday, come across the 17th St causeway and visit the Rum Festival.

Tickets are available at the door:
http://www.rumrenaissance.com

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Hearn posted on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 7:15 AM

Kind of sad to see the lack of posts on Hukilau here. That said, here's a bunch of cool photos from Miami Times

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/slideshow/the-hukilau-2018-high-tide-party-at-pier-sixty-six-hotel-and-marina-fort-lauderdale-photos-10431563

P.S. Swanky's (free) symposium this year was completely awesome. Some great "lost" pics of Mai Kai and great stories of Bob Van Dorpe and Donn Beach (The Later Years). I'm so glad someone is taking the effort to write a detailed biography of the man (Thanks Swanky!)

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Yes it was a great event, Tim's tour of the Mai Kai on Sunday was also a highlight, We will be returning next week for our last night just before we fly home

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On 2018-06-13 07:15, Hearn wrote:
Kind of sad to see the lack of posts on Hukilau here. That said, here's a bunch of cool photos from Miami Times

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/slideshow/the-hukilau-2018-high-tide-party-at-pier-sixty-six-hotel-and-marina-fort-lauderdale-photos-10431563

P.S. Swanky's (free) symposium this year was completely awesome. Some great "lost" pics of Mai Kai and great stories of Bob Van Dorpe and Donn Beach (The Later Years). I'm so glad someone is taking the effort to write a detailed biography of the man (Thanks Swanky!)

[ Edited by: Hearn 2018-06-13 07:17 ]

Thank you! I felt bad that day and felt like that was my worst presentation. I just felt a bit flat. Strength of the material I guess.

Just got home from Hukilau-What an awesome event.! Met a lot of great Tiki Peeps as well as seeing lottsa friends from Cali. Seminars were super. Mahalo to all for their efforts in putting this event together.
Btw, I got caught up by TSA For trying to board my flight with the hardware portion of a vintage ice crusher in my carry on. I had the plastic ice storage section in my luggage. Got em reversed. Had a lot of splaining to do to about ten agents. They had no idea what I had.
Cheers

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santa posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 8:18 PM

any other observations on Hukilau?

I just posted a compilation of images from social media, including photos and lots of video clips of nearly every band ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/06/29/the-hukilau-2018-recap-photos-and-video-from-social-media/

Glad we did the class, will be trying a few recipes out this weekend

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