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  • Memories from Hukilau 2010, Fort Lauderdale

    Posted on June 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 13 comments

    hukilauThere’s nothing like getting a bunch of swingin’ kats and kittens together with island music, vintage threads and lots of rum. Well kids, let me tell you, his year’s Hukilau didn’t disappoint. From tattooed chicks in short skirts and flower leis to guys wearing palm tree shirts and short-brimmed fedoras, the eclectic crowd that swamped Fort Lauderdale was more fun than a barrel of fez-wearing monkeys.

    That's me, Tiki Chris with three of my best girls - Colleen, Shannon & Molly

    That's me, Tiki Chris with three of my best girls - Colleen, Shannon & Molly

    If you’ve been to an event like this (or to this one) you know how much fun can be packed into a couple of rum-drenched days. If you haven’t then you should definitely plan to. Our presence at the event was truncated due to a busy work schedule, but we still had a fantastic time on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Hukilau Pix & Mod Movie Monday coming up soon

    Posted on June 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Me, our friend Molly and my wife Colleen at the Mai Kai Saturday Night.

    Me, our friend Molly and my wife Colleen at the Mai Kai Saturday Night.

    Hey Kats & Kittens, just wanted to clue you to the fact that a groovy new post will be swinging your way before the moon jumps high in the sky. Hanging out at the Hukilau kind of put ole Tiki Chris behind a few steps in the writing (and gig) departments, so stay loose as a goose and hang in there…Hukilau photos and funstuff to come tonight, Mod Movie Monday will be…well, probably Mod Movie Wednesday this week!

    Later Kids,
    -Tiki C

  • Looking forward to the Hukilau!

    Posted on June 9th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    tiki-bar-talk-logo-colorThe Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale is this weekend, and I must say that us kats and kittens at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar have been looking forward to this since we left last year’s shindig. This year, we’ll be hitting the Mai Kai for dinner and show with a couple of friends who’ve never seen it…in fact, even though they’ve lived down here in the land of palm trees and Mojitos for years, they’ve never been to the Mai Kai at all. Krazy, huh?

    Bahia Cabana, site of the Hukilau

    Bahia Cabana, site of the Hukilau

    That brings up a point. It amazes me just how little most people know about our little Tiki and Retro culture, even though if you look hard enough, it’s everywhere. The Hukilau is one of the largest Tiki events in the galaxy, and brings in a lot of business to Fort Lauderdale. Yet most of the people I’ve yapped about it to have never even heard of it. Hell, I didn’t find out about it until just a few years ago, and I love this stuff! Maybe it’s best kept as a best kept secret, huh?

    As for this  weekend, we’ll be attending the Friday night party and we’ll be at Bahia Cabana during the day on Saturday; we’ll be watching the premier of the Tikimentary ‘In Search of the Lost Paradise’; we’re going to the Wreck Bar for the Mermaid Show and will hit the Mai Kai in the evening. (Note to burglars: We have a very large dog, an cop-wired alarm and a next door neighbor with a shotgun and a coke habbit).

    So as far as Tiki Lounge Talk posts go, not sure how things are going to play out in the next couple of days, so you might not hear from me until Sunday. That of course depends on the level of intoxication achieved at The Hukilau, catch my drift? Groovy. And for those swingers going to the big party – see you there kids…just like last year, I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt!woman-winking-retro

    -Tiki Chris Pinto, reporting from the lanai next to the pool.

  • Mod (Classic) Movie Monday & D-Day: The Longest Day, 1962

    Posted on June 7th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 5 comments
    The Longest Day, 1962

    The Longest Day, 1962

    In honor of the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe (June 6), this week’s MMM will focus on one of the greatest movies to depict the event:

    The Longest Day from 1962,

    Starring (among others) Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Richard Beymer, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Richard Todd, Sean Connery, Fabian, Henry Fonda, Jeffrey Hunter, Peter Lawford, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo, Robert Mitchum, George Segal, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Rod Steiger, Richard Dawson and John Wayne. (As the saying goes, they don’t make ’em like they used to.)longest-day-d-day-soliders

    There are a load of great movies about WWII. This flick is a little different from most, in that it tells the story as more a historical event than a drama, and it tells the story from different angles…including the perspective of the Americans, English, French and Germans all speaking their native tongues (with subtitles, of course). Filmed only 17 years after the D-Day invasion, it’s probably the most realistic Hollywood telling of the events to be released during the Cold War Era…and with a krazy 10 million dollar price tag, it damned well should be.

    longest-day-amphibiousThe film was shot in black and white, which makes it seem more “realistic” to the time period. It wouldn’t be until decades later that a more realistic – full color – depiction of D-Day and the events following would be portrayed in movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998) and the TV series Band of Brothers (2001), both excellent selections.

    There was a lot of on-locations shooting for this movie. At one point while digging on the beach in Normandy, the film crew unearthed an army tank that had been used in the actual invasion in 1944. They dug it out, cleaned it up and used it in the film. The film also features many actors who were involved in the real invasion. Here’s the trailer:

    If you can get your hands on a mess kit from an army surplus store, and some cheap English Gin, you’ll have all you need for dinner & drinks to watch this flick. Either that, or pull some vegetables from you Victory Garden.

    D-Day, June 6, 1944

    Here is last year’s post on the D-Day invasion. I really couldn’t say it any better this year:

    Operation Overlord: The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944

    invasion65 years ago today marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s reign of insanity as American and allied forces landed on the Nazi occupied beaches of Normandy, France.

    Nearly 200,000 personnel were involved with the attack. Thousands of soldiers died risking the invasion so that hundreds of thousands more could push back the Nazis and end World War II. The invasion had been planned for months to insure its success. The success was solidified by the support America gave our troops.

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  • Tiki Aquarium Stuff!

    Posted on June 6th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    tiki-fish-tank-sceneTiki can be found in the strangest places these days. I happened to be in a Petco on Saturday, where Colleen was volunteering for an animal rescue. I’ve always had a fascination with fish tank decorations, so of course I had to check out the latest pirate shipwrecks and bubbling divers. Well kids, much to my surprise I found a shelf full of Tiki stuff! The lighting was too low to try to take pix so I found some on the web…kool Tiki stuff for your aquarium, or better yet for whatever you can imagine.

    3-tikis-aquariumtiki-hut-aquariumtiki-bar-aquarium

    My new tiki swizzle stick holder

    My new tiki swizzle stick holder

    I bought this Tiki guy and am now using him to hold swizzle sticks on my Tiki Bar. These things are made up of that composite plastic stuff, so their pretty much indestructible.

    aloha-tiki-fish-tankPoking around online I also found this kickin’ Aloha Tiki Aquarium. Pretty neat, huh? It ain’t cheap though; least expensive one I found on the net was over 250 clams.

    And it’s only two feet tall, so it ain’t like it’s giant Tiki to stand in your corner, it’s a table-top deal. Still groovy though. But it seems to me that you Tiki carvers out there could do a better job, customized to fit over someone’s round fish tank. Let me know when you make your first sale. I don’t even want a cut, just give ole Tiki Chris credit for the idea!

    -Tiki Chris, Reporting from the pool at Tiki Lounge Talk, the place for Tiki Culture and Retro Fun!