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  • 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.

  • Hukilau 2010 is coming up fast!

    Posted on April 25th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    hukilauThe Hukilau 2010, June 10-13, Fort Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida

    Tiki Lovers come together each year where the palm trees sway and the rum flows freely (but not free, of course!). Join the fun at the Hukilau 2010 in Sunny South Florida this June. Tickets start at $15 pp for Saturday’s festivities and max out at $85 for the 3-day Aloha Pass, which gives you access to everything except the shuttle and the Á La Carte stuff.

    We made it to last year’s for the Saturday stuff and let me tell you, it was a blast. Hawaiian music, retro-swingy-twangy-surf music, dancers, art, booze, Tiki torches, fun decor and a Tiki bazaar all sorts of fun stuff to blow your green on.hukilau2009

    Appearances by Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry, along with live music, seminars, great food and a special evening at the world famous Mai Kai make this event something you’ll remember for years. So if you’ve got the time and the lettuce, come on down to the Hukilau this June. Look for Colleen anp d ole’ Tiki Chris – like last year, I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian Shirt.

  • Hukilau 2010! June 11-13 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Posted on January 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    hukilauWell kids, there’s not much to say about the most intimate Tiki event in the world that they don’t do a great job of saying on their website:

    http://www.thehukilau.com/2010

    So I’ll just tell you if you’re into the Tiki Lifestyle, dig Tiki Art, swing to Exotica music, love Tiki drinks and have a thing for hot chicks doing Polynesian dances, you’ve got to hop a rail and get yourself down to Fort Liquordale, Florida this June.

    If you’ve ever been to a Tiki event, you know how much fun this can be.

    For those of you who are saying “what the hell is a Huki-whatsis?”: The Hukilau is a weekend of crazy people celebrating all things Tiki. There are Tiki idols, Tiki music, Tiki art, Tiki mugs, Tiki Ti-shirts, and of course Tiki Bars. Have I said “Tiki” enough yet? You catch my drift, right?

    Colleen at the Hukilau 2009. That's not me next to her.

    Colleen at the Hukilau 2009. That's not me next to her.

    There will be tons of great performers like  The Bikini Beachcombers and King Kukulele. And of course, South Florida’s favorite underwater bombshell, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will be showing of her fabulous dancing and aquatic skills.

    mai-kai-at-nightBut one of the things that really sets this Tiki Life event apart from all the others is the inclusion of the world-famous Mai Kai Tiki Bar & Restaurant, a Fort Lauderdale landmark since 1956. It’s one of the few remaining original Tiki bars from the golden era of Poly Pop, and has stood the tests of time, hurricanes and changing fads to take its place as one of, if not the top, Tiki bars in the world. When you go, make sure you take a stroll through the tropical garden.

    If all goes well (and the banking industry doesn’t turn America into a desert) we’ll be attending all three days. Hopefully we’ll see some of you retro-kats and swingin-kittens there! Come up and say hello to us…I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt.

    For more info on the event, to book tickets online and to arrange for a motel click the Hukilau link above. You can also join their facebook fanpage by clicking the words in the pretty color.

    Mahalos! See you in June!