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  • 2011 Hukilau (Fort Lauderdale) Website is now Live!

    Posted on February 9th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    hukialu-logoOk swingin’ Tiki lovin’ kats and chicks, it’s time to start thinking of June, and the 10th Anninversary of

    The Hukilau!

    in beautiful, sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    This year’s Hukilau will take place from June 9th through 12th at Bahia Mar and Bahia Cabana Hotels just across from the white sandy beaches of the famous South Florida resort town.

    This year promises even more great entertainment, great art, great gifts and great exotic cocktails. For a complete list of events, etc. visit The Hukilau website at

    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, Hukilau 2010.

    This year also marks the 55th Anniversary of the World’s Greatest (IMHO) Tiki Bar, The Mai Kai. As always, the Saturday night extravaganza will feature dinner and Polynesian show at the Mai Kai. It’s fantabulous, kids!

    mai-kai-at-nightI am also very excited to announce that yours truly, Tiki Chris will be helping out the fine folks at The Hukilau this year as Vendor Coordinator. So if you’re setting up shop at The Hukilau, I’ll be talking to you soon. For the rest of you kids, I’ll be there all four days so look me up! I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt 😉

    -Tiki Chris reporting from a cabana on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Tiki News: Hukilau 2011, June 9-12, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • In Honor of Tura Satana…The Astro Zombies for Mod Movie Monday

    Posted on February 8th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    astro-zombiesWith the passing of another of Hollywood’s icons, Tura Satana, I thought it fitting to feature her this week. I already featured Faster Pussycat, KILL! KILL! in an early MMM (here), so from 1968, here’s the cult sci-fi classic

    The Astro Zombies

    starring Tura Satana, Wendell Corey, and John Carradine.

    This is certainly one of those flicks that’s so incredibly bad, it’s incredibly good. Real, old-fashioned monster & mayhem stuff from the swingin’ 60s, complete with Tura who absolutely had one of the best racks in the biz, with an exotic, tough-lookin’ face to match. (My old man would have described her as “one tough broad”).

    I’ve seen the movie, but really still am not sure what the hell it’s about. Something about killing people and using their parts to build a super-human or something or other. Who cares, with a chick like Satana in it, and Carradine acting like a nut, you don’t need much of a plot.

    There are also some kool cars in the flick, plus very fun little windup robots. And the CIA. And NASA. Just see it.tura1

    Food & booze: I can’t even imagine what would go with this movie. Just order a pizza and beer.

    Something very kool: Through the magic of Teh Interwebs I’ve met a lot of interesting kats and kittens. One such kat hails by the name of Will The Thrill, and he was the host of Thrillville, a west-coast vintage movie-show phenomenon that I wish I’d had the chance to catch in person. This kat had the honor of knowing Ms. Satana in person, and has a very nice tribute to her with a story and photos here at

    Sayonara, Tura, and thanks for the memories. – Tiki Chris

  • Super Bowl Sunday at the Tiki Bar

    Posted on February 6th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    superbowliI had a really fun post featuring the artwork of Doug Horne, Tiki Artist Extraordinaire for this weekend, but realized it’s Super Bowl Weekend…which means most people in the country have their mind on chips, dips, and footballs, and probably haven’t even thought about stopping by the Tiki Bar this weekend! That’s all fine and kool too, so here’s a little football trivia from the past. I’ll put up the swingin’ post on Doug later this week.

    Since there’s still a few hours before the game, here’s a couple of last-minute ideas for your game day party:

    Check out the Tiki Drinks page for some ideas beyond cheap beer

    Check out the Luau page to turn your Super Bowl Party into a Super Bowl Luau

    Check out the Atomic Age New Year’s Cocktail Party page and apply the ideas to your Super Bowl Party. (Ok, that might be a little too much)

    Here’s the trivia…

    The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, later known as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporary reports as the Supergame, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. It was played between the National Football League (Green Bay Packers) and the upstart American Football League (Kansas City Chiefs). The Packers beat the tails off the Chiefs 35-10. Although it was the first Super Bowl, it wasn’t called the Super Bowl until years later when the name caught on. So the first Super Bowl wasn’t really the Super Bowl. Crazy 60’s hippies.