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  • GREAT NEWS! The Hukilau will live on past 2014!

    Posted on April 19th, 2014 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 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 christie@thehukilau.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

  • Today is International Exotic Cocktail Day! Tiki Drink Recipes

    Posted on October 4th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    exotic-cocktail-dayIt’s here! International Exotic Cocktail Day 2013!

    #IECD is a day to celebrate with our favorite Tiki drinks. It doesn’t matter where you are, whether at home or at a Tiki bar, just mix up some rum and fresh juices and top with a pineapple slice and a paper umbrella! (Where appropriate. Don’t put a paper umbrella on a Jet Pilot, for instance ;)

    Yours truly, Tiki Chris, started International Exotic Cocktail Day a few years ago as a way to bring my world-wide Tiki friends together, without actually getting together. You don’t have to do anything special…a Rum Swizzle in your living room is fine; or you can go all-out and plan a happy hour with friends at The Mai Kai or Trader Vic’s.

    Enjoy the day/night with a Tiki Cocktail!

    Here’s a few drink recipes in case you decide to host your own #IECD party at home. For more great recipes visit Tiki Lounge Talk’s Tiki Drinks! page.

    Mai Tai, from Don the Beachcomber:

    •    1 oz Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
    •    1 oz Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
    •    1 oz fresh lime juice
    •    1/2 oz Orange Curacao.
    •    1/4 oz Simple Syrup.
    •    1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

    Add to a shaker with crushed ice and shake it up, baby. Pour over rocks in a Tiki mug or Old Fashioned glass and garnish with mint sprig, so that you sense the mint as you take in the drink. An umbrella is mandatory, unless you have a fresh tropical flower to replace.

    Navy Grog

    oz Light Puerto Rican Rum (Bacardi Silver, Meyers White)
    1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Myers Dark, Coruba Dark, Appleton Estate)
    1 oz Demerara Rum
    3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
    3/4 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
    3/4 oz Honey, warmed
    Club Soda Shake everything but the soda up in a shaker and strain over rocks in a tall Tiki mug. Top it off with the soda and give it a quick stir with an appropriate swizzle stick (a flamingo, Tiki head, or something vintage. Don’t be lazy and use one of those plain plastic ones with the little ball on the end and nothing else). Garnish this masterpiece with a combination of lime, pineapple and cherry on a sword, and if you can, add an orchid. Fantabulous, man!

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar…

    Tiki Galore (A Tiki Chris original!)

    The Tiki Galore

    1 oz. Amaretto
    1 oz. Dark Rum
    1/2 oz. Triple Sec
    2 oz. Orange Juice
    1/2 tspn powdered sugar

    Pour everything into a shaker with shaved ice, shake, and strain over ice cubes in a tiki glass. Garnish with everything tropical-looking you can find. You can make it a little more tart by squeezing in some lemon, a little sweeter with more sugar. Drink up! It ain’t bad, and will knock you on your ass! Cheers!

    Scorpion Bowl

    8 ounces of silver Rum (personally I prefer dark rum, and it gives this concoction a richer taste)
    4 ounces Brandy (used something decent, not that $11 a bottle junk!)
    8 ounces of orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
    4 ounces of lemon juice (you can add a little more if you want it more tart)
    3 ounces orgeat syrup
    2 cups of crushed ice (plus extra cubes)

    Mix up everything except the ice in a big bowl, bucket, tub, whirlpool, whatever you’ve got. Toss the crushed ice in a blender for a few seconds, and add about half to your Scorpion or Volcano Bowl. Fill with the booze, add in a few cubes. Garnish with floating flowers and use those long-assed straws to drink it up. This big bowl-o-rama is best enjoyed with a couple of hip friends, some Martin Denny playing on the hi-fi, and candlelight or Tiki torches.

    You’ll have to keep tasting this stuff before you pour it in for you guests, as the balance can be tricky. Too much orgeat syrup and it will be overly sweet. Too much lemon and you’ll pucker up like a duck. Fresh juices make a much better, more authentic-tasting drink (always) and will impress your friends. If you have a Volcano Bowl, add an ounce of 151 Rum to the volcano and light it up!

    We’ll be heading to The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale tonight. I’m planning on a few Jet Pilots and Mai Tais, and a stretcher to get me out of there. Cheers!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Tiki Oasis is only a week away!

    Posted on August 8th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-oasis-13-graphicIf you dig Tiki drinks, Tiki mugs, Exotic Cocktails & cool tunes, and you happen to be in the San Diego area next week, you’ve got to swing over to Tiki Oasis 13!

    The largest Tiki Culture event in the galaxy, this year’s Tiki-O’s theme is “Hulabilly – A Hawaiian Hootenanny!”

    The event happens August 15 through 18th, and includes tons of entertainment including bands, burly-q dancers, singers, guitar slingers, and the favorite here at the Tiki Lounge, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid. Plus there’s the annual antique/classic/hot rod car show, an art show, the Tiki marketplace and tons of food and libations to cure any ills.

    To go with the Hulabilly theme, there will be a BBQ shack that features a “Moonshine Burger” – something that sounds like it would tickle my fancy! Tickets are still available, starting at $15 for Thursday night up to $300 for the all-access VIP job.

    Wahini Colleen and I won’t be able to transverse the 3000 miles to get to Tiki O this year, but our hearts and spirits will be there. In fact, we’ll probably swing over to the Mai Kai next Friday night to really get in the spirit…that spirit being rum, of course!

    Visit the Tiki Oasis 13 website for more info!

    -Tiki Chris P, reporting from the BBQ pit behind Pirate’s Cove Tiki BAr

  • The Hukilau: The Drink, and THE EVENT NEXT WEEK!

    Posted on May 31st, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    hukilau-2013Wow, seems like just yesterday we were at The Hukilau 2012, and here it is a few days before the kick-off of The Hukilau 2013! There are a TON of parties, events, entertainment and Tiki-tastic vendors this year, so much that I’m going to be lazy and pub the press release here for you to go through.

    You can also visit The Hukilau website for additional info, photos and more. Tix are still available, but they won’t be for long! We’re going to The Hukilau…look for me, I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt.

    For The Hukilau Drink Recipe, scroll to the end.

    Official word from The Hukilau:

    The Hukilau returns to classic Fort Lauderdale oceanfront hotel for 12th
    annual Tiki event

    ———————–
    AT A GLANCE
    ———————–

    WHAT: The Hukilau, a Tiki weekender celebrating the magic of mid-century
    Polynesian Pop in America’s Vacationland. Featuring seven live bands and
    other special guests, four educational and entertaining symposiums, plus
    artists and vendors from across the globe.

    WHEN: Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9.

    WHERE: The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel (aka the Yankee Clipper),

    My friends and me at The Hukilau 2011

    My friends and me at The Hukilau 2011

    1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; and The Mai-Kai, 3599 N. Federal
    Highway, Fort Lauderdale.

    HOW MUCH: Four-day “Aloha Pass” ($95), three-day pass ($75), Thursday
    night Kickoff Party ($27), Friday night Main Event ($40). Place your order
    at http://www.thehukilau.com/2013/tickets … Online sales end June 4.
    Tickets will be available at The Hukilau registration desk in the Yankee
    Clipper lobby on June 6 (noon to 10 p.m.) and June 7 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

    MORE INFORMATION: http://www.thehukilau.com and

    http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau

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    DAILY SCHEDULE
    ———————–

    JUNE 6: Tiki Treasures Bazaar and art show at the Yankee Clipper, 5 p.m.-9
    p.m. Kickoff Party featuring Gold Dust Lounge, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on the Yankee
    Clipper’s Main Deck (poolside). Deadhead Rum’s Official After Pary at The
    Mai-Kai featuring The Intoxicators, 9 p.m.-midnight. Marina the Fire
    Eating Mermaid performs in the Yankee Clipper pool, 1 a.m.

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  • Huge Tiki Party in Fort Lauderdale – Benefit for Preston Weber – Jr. World FireKnife Champion

    Posted on April 27th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Preston Weber performing his FireKnife routine.

    Preston Weber performing his FireKnife routine.

    If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area on Sunday, April 28, swing by the 5-Points Lounge for a very special Tiki fundraiser.

    Dubbed the “Sunday Aloha Fun-Raiser”, proceeds from this show put on by Polynesian Proud Productions will benefit Preston Weber, 14 year-old Jr. World FireKnife Champion and Fort Lauderdale local. Preston will be flying out to Hawaii in May to defend his title, and this fundraiser is to help him get there.

    The event will feature Polynesian music, live Tahitian drumming of Uhi Api, PolyProud performance, beautiful Hula, RONIN TAIKO (Featuring Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid drumming), special guest performers, $5 Hawaiian Plate Lunch sponsored by the NEW Florida Hawaiian Civic Association, island treats by way of Kauai, from DelaCruz Delights and Onolicious Cakes by Kathleen.

    This event is open to the public, and any donations at the door are greatly appreciated. There will also be raffles and prizes, so throw on your best Aloha shirt and swing down to the 5-Points Lounge, 2608 South Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. There is Free parking in back of building.

    5-Points is located at the KREEPY TIKI PLAZA, “Home of South Florida’s only 20ft. Hula Girl landmark”. Kreepy Tiki Tattoo is a very kool place for vintage & Tiki lovers. They are not only kool kats and kittens who ink some very impressive tattoos, they also carry some vintage clothing and goodies, and have Tiki-esque art by local artists including one of my favorites, De Tiki.

    PRESTON WEBER has been performing since he was 10 years old at the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. He won his first Jr. World FireKnife Championship at 11 (2010), then skipped a year to audition for America’s Got Talent where he placed 49th out of 100,000 auditioned acts. Preston won his 2nd Jr World Championship title at 13 (2012). He is now 14 and looking for his third win! Congratulations and best of luck to Preston…break a leg!

    -Tiki Chris P, Tiki Lounge Talk