Posted on January 3rd, 2017 No comments
Happy Tiki New Year!
Hope you have lots of fun stuff planned for 2017. Here’s a look back to New Year’s from 1957-58 with Guy Lombardo!
Posted on September 26th, 2014 No comments
Mark your calenders! Get out your best Tiki mug! Friday, October 3rd will mark the third annual International Exotic Cocktail Day!
It’s a day to celebrate the pleasure of enjoying an Exotic Cocktail at your favorite Tiki Bar, on the lanai, by the pool, in your living room or on the front lawn. It’s a day to imbibe in your favorite mixes with friends and family. It’s a day to remember the people who started it all and the people who keep the traditions alive today! Started by Tiki Chris of Tiki Lounge Talk, International Exotic Cocktail Day is really just a great excuse to have a fun time with your friends, while enjoying one of the simple pleasures of life: Tiki Cocktails.
The Official International Exotic Cocktail Tiki Group in Facebook has been growing and growing with hundreds of people, like you, who are ready to spend a few hours drinking great Tiki cocktails with their friends and families. Click here to join!
The Spirit of Tiki
You don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy this day. I mean, if you’ve got a cool Tiki bar near by, then go! If not, you can turn your own home into a Tiki Palace for the night. Click below for a list of Tiki Drink Recipes, and ideas on how to build your own Tiki Bar.
This year Tiki Chris & Wahini Colleen will be celebrating at The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, enjoying the Cutback Surf Band in the lounge. Come by and say hi, I’ll be the guy wearing the Hawaiian shirt 😉
-Tiki Chris reporting from the Rum Storage Room at Tiki Lounge Talk
Posted on April 19th, 2014 No comments
A few months ago it was announced that The Hukilau in Florida would be saying its final aloha. Well, we just received a press release from Christie “Tiki Kaliki” White announcing that it’s been saved! The release reads:
Dear Villagers of The Hukilau – please hear this call to action,
As you are aware, we have announced that The Hukilau 2014, our 13th year together, will be The Final Aloha. While the Final Aloha was a very difficult decision to make, it was necessary by a series of factors at that time. I’m relieved and thankful that we may be able to overcome them.
I’m happy to announce due to recent events that The Hukilau will continue!! I wanted to be very transparent so that you all could know that this as soon as possible. I know how much all of you save and must pull all the stops to be able to travel each year and spend your hard earned vacation dollars during The Hukilau weekender. It’s very important to me that all of you know this could not have been possible prior to meeting with the 2 people that are looking at coming aboard. 6 months ago I could see no way that I could continue the event due to the enormity of the project and the demands of responsibility plus my full time job commitment.
The tremendous outpouring of support, emails, offers and interest in saving The Hukilau since making the Final Aloha announcement has been overwhelming. When I take a step back and see all the lives that this event has impacted over the years, how many relationships have been forged, how many historic moments in our culture have been shared between us, it was clear to me that I didn’t want to end the event – I just could no longer do it alone.
The Mai-Kai is in complete support of The Hukilau and are equally excited of the event continuing!!!! Of course, the Mai-Kai remains as my most treasured place on the planet – their future preservation and history are of the upmost importance to myself and my team.
If some of you feel as though you’d like to cancel this year I completely understand given that The Hukilau will have a life far beyond the 2014 event. I’m thankful that we’ve been given the opportunity to tell you now so that you can let me know if you’d rather make it another year. Please contact me directly so that I can take care of your cancelation personally. You can email me at email@example.com
We will announce the dates of The Hukilau 2015 at this years event in June and will give those that registered for the Final Aloha the first opportunity to pre-register for 2015 – we thank you!!! This announcement will be followed by a future press release announcing my awesome partners in the event moving forward.
Mahalo for buying tickets, sharing your enthusiasm of the event, inviting your friends, attending year after year or for the first time – it paid off and a few people have stepped forward to help save us!!!
Please raise a glass in your home Tiki bar, at your local Tiki bar or whatever paradise you prefer and toast tonight – LONG LIVE THE HUKILAU!!!!
Well, since we live only a few miles from The Mai Kai and Fort Lauderdale Beach where this fantabulous event takes place, you can imagine how happy I am that it’s been saved. See you all in June!
-Tiki Chris P
Posted on March 17th, 2014 4 comments
A few years ago I posted an article on the TRUE history of St. Pat. You can see that article here: http://tikiloungetalk.com/happy_st_Paddys_day
Wishing all of you a happy and safe St. Paddy’s Day!
Posted on December 31st, 2013 3 comments
As I raise my Tiki mug filled with a strong rum & juice concoction, I toast you all, and wish you a very happy and healthy 2014!
Wow, 2014…It seems like only yesterday “The 50s” were only 20 years ago, the stars from our favorite noir movies were all still alive and working, and big band leaders like Harry James, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington were still swingin’. I’m thinking back to 30 years ago, 1984 (WOW), or 40 years ago, 1974 (WOW-ER).
Kats and kittens drop into the Tiki Lounge to read and talk about our favorite era, now most commonly known as “mid century”, previously known as “the old days”. We dig things like Bogart movies, cool jazz, Spillane, aluminum Christmas trees, and of course Tiki bars. We’d prefer to roll in a 1957 Chevy or 1948 Buick than a 2013 Honda. We might like laptop computers, but many of us still have an old typewriter somewhere, and some of even use them.
With every year that passes by, we realize how far detached from our favorite ear we (as a society) are becoming. Ask any twenty year old if they know who Guy Lombardo is, and they’ll probably look at you like you have three heads. Ask a teen who Bobby Rydell is, or Jack Benny, or Gene Kelley, and you’ll get a similar look. At least they still play Lombardo and Sinatra after the ball drops in NYC.
Let’s look at a few things that makes 2014 special, in regards to our past.
70 years ago, 1944:
America is knee-deep in WWII, landing in France on June 6th (D-Day). It’s the beginning of the end for Hitler.
Sinatra was still a “skinny kid”.
Laura, Double Indemnity, and House of Frankenstein, The Three Cabelleros and Jane Eyre are some of the top movies.
Glenn Miller disappears over the English Channel.
Mills Bros’ “Paper Doll”, Harry James’ “I’ll Get By”, Bing Crosby’s “Swingin’ on a Star”, and Dinah Shore’s “I’ll Walk Alone” are some of the top hits of the year.
Korean War ended in ’53; America enjoys a few years of war-free prosperity.
Rear Window, On the Waterfront, The Barefoot Contessa, The Seven Samuri and Dial M for Murder are some of the top movies.
Tony Bennett’s “Rags to Riches”, The Crew Cuts’ “Shaboom Shaboom”, The Chordetts’ “Mr. Sandman” are the top singles; Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” which wouldn’t take off until it’s used in the 1955 movie “Blackboard Jungle”.
Last year for Chevrolet’s “round” look – the ’55 Chevy is one of the newest, freshest and most newly admired styles since the 1930s.
50 years ago, 1964:
America is still reeling from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson will be the free-world leader for most of the decade.
“The Beatles” blow up the music industry with “I want to hold your hand”, and changes everything, forever.
In spite of the British Invasion, “Hello, Dolly” by Louis Armstrong, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” by Dean Martin and “The Girl from Ipanema” by Stan Getz still make it to the top 100. Also that year The Trashmen release Surfin’ Bird.
Since the late 60’s pretty much ends the era we love, I’ll only point out that 1974 was 40 years ago; meaning “Happy Days”, which was about the “good old days” was taking place less than 20 years after the era it represented. Let that sink in a little. I’ll also point out that Disco “officially” started in 1974 – making Disco the “big band music” of today’s generation. Spooky.
Well, I hope you found this little trip through time interesting (and not depressing!) Let’s remember that as long as we have record players, aluminum Christmas trees and Tiki bars, we’ll always have a little of the past right here, right now.
Happy New Year kats & kittens!
-Tiki Chris, reporting from the Tiki Bar on the Lanai, Fort Lauderdale, Florida