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  • The Hukilau 2011 and Conversations at the Tiki Bar

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    Stolen Idols at The Hukilau 2010

    Stolen Idols at The Hukilau 2010

    The Hukilau 2011

    Hey swingin’ kats and kittens, just a reminder that The Hukilau 2011…one of the world’s largest, swingingest and longest running Tiki parties…is happening this June 9-12 in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tikiphiles, Retro Hipsters, Jazz Cats; whatever your scene, if you dig Tiki or anything Retro, you neeeeed to be there.

    Visit The Hulilau 2011 website for the down-low, with lists of very kool entertainment, books signings, art and more.

    Also…for all you very hip kids who procure, create, carve, sew, assemble, and sell Tiki/Retro-related goodies, there are still a few prime vendor spots available, so get in gear and email Christi Crowe, Hukilau sponsorship, vending and/or advertising contact at

    Conversations at the Tiki BarAh, frozen drinks at the Tiki Bar

    It’s nice to have friends all over the world. Thanks to teh interwebs, of course. I verily enjoy rapping with the swingin’ kats and kitties that dig the same jive I do. It’s fun here, but even easier over at The Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook. Check it out, dig the photos, watch the videos, and feel free to join the convo. Lots of fun stuff going on over there! Plus admission is free, and the bar is always open.

    Murder on Tiki Island

    Most of you have already heard that my new novel is in the works…Murder on Tiki Island is right up your alley, believe me. It takes place at a Tiki resort in the Florida Keys in 1956, and is a retro-style pulp noir fiction with a twist of lime. Due out April 30, it will be available in softcover and eBook format on See the official website or join the fan page on Facebook for details.

    Later swingers,
    Tiki Chris P.

  • Volunteer at The Hukilau 2011 for free tickets!

    Posted on March 10th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 5 comments

    hukilau2011logoThe wonderful kids running The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are looking for volunteers to help on-site during the event. A few hours of volunteer work will get you a special 3-Day pass to The Hukilau! This can save you a lot of lettuce, lettuce you can use for more Mai Tais and Crab Rangoon.

    The Hukilau 2011 is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, so the festivities promise to be swankier than ever. It will be held mainly at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, with additional events at Bahia Cabana, The Yankee Clipper, The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Mai Kai and more. Dates are June 9th through 12th.frozen-drinks

    Your truly, Tiki Chris will be there for the duration. I’ll be helping out this year as Vendor Coordinator, so if you’re planning on setting up a table at the event, we’ll become good friends in a short time!

    See you in June!

    (Note: Not all events are included in the special 3-day volunteer pass, but you get A LOT. For more information, visit the Hukilau website at

  • 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

  • Just Announced! Hukilau 2011 Tickets On Sale Now!

    Posted on January 1st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    hukilauHey swingin’ Tikiphiles, here’s a great way to start the New Year…

    Mark your calendars for June 9th through 12th for The Hukilau 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    This year marks the 10th Anniversary of The Hukilau and the 55th Anniversary of the Mai Kai, so it will certainly be a swingin’ shindig. But Tickets for the events online here. The Official Hukilau website with all the details will be coming soon.

    To book a room in Fort Lauderdale one of the two official hotels:

    Bahia Cabana: 954-254-1555
    You can book online with the Bahia Mar HERE.

    I’ll have more info posted as it becomes available. Mahalos to you all in the New Year, see you in June!

    -Tiki Chris