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  • It’s time for The Hukilau 2011!

    Posted on June 8th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments
    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 during The Hukilau 2010. I think that was Mai Tai number six.

    That’s right kids, the big event is happening THIS WEEK…and it’s the 10th anniversary of The Hukilau, too!

    PROOF that SoCal doesn’t have the monopoly on the koolest of koolness. The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the east coast answer to the Tiki revival!

    This year promises to be a truly swingin’ event, with more music, art, drinks and fun than ever. Wahini Colleeni and I have booked a room at the Bahia Mar, where much of the action is taking place, so we can have ALL the fun! So if any of you reading this are making it down to Fort Lauderdale this weekend, look for us!

    Some of the highlights of this year’s Hukilau include:

    • A “Rumposium” by cocktail-slinger extraordinaire Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, held at the world famous Mai-Kai
    • The Tiki Treasure Bazaar featuring 40 of the koolest Tiki and Vintage sellers around
    • TONS of entertainment including performances by The Intoxicators!, The Tikiyaki Orchestra, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Grinder Nova, The Exotics, The Fishermen, DJ’s Lounge Laura Taylor & Drew Farmer, DJ’s Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle and more all emceed by our old pal King Kukulele.
    • Appearances/symposiums by Ian Burrell, Martin Cate, Wayne Curtis, Stephen Remsberg, Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily, Dick Dale, Vintage Roadside’s “Beautiful Girls That Live Like Fish!”, Paul Roe’s “Hawaii – Sailors, Sex and the Birth of Old School Tattoos”, Harold Golen Gallery of Miami and more
    • The Hukilau Master Mixologist Challenge
    • PARTIES PARTIES PARTIES
    • And maybe a few surprises…

    Stolen Idols at The Hukilau 2010

    Stolen Idols at The Hukilau 2010

    The Mai-Kai dinner show and some of the symposiums are already sold out, but there’s still plenty of elbow room at the parties. For a complete line up of entertainment and the schedule, visit The Hukilau website.

    Aloha kids, see you in Fort Lauderdale!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the beach in front of the Yankee Clipper, Fort Lauderdale

  • The Mai-Kai’s Barrel O’ Rum: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink!

    Posted on May 21st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    rum-barrelWe’re heading to the Mai-Kai tonight for The Hukilau kickoff party. It’s a hell of a kickoff when it happens three weeks before the actual event, huh? Anyhoo, since the Barrel O’ Rum is one of everyone’s favorites, and it’s pretty simple to make as far as Tiki/exotic cocktails go, I figured I’d feature it this week! Here’s the recipe that I found that seems to mimic the Mai-Kai’s recipe…

    The Barrel O’ Rum

    • 2 oz good Silver rum (I like Meyers Silver, or even 10-Cane, which is a little different)
    • 2 oz Appleton Estate rum
    • 2 oz fresh-squeezed Lime juice
    • 2 oz fresh-squeezed Orange juice
    • 2 oz fresh-squeezed Grapefruit juice
    • 2 oz Passion fruit syrup
    • About a teaspoon honey
    • splash of soda
    • A few dashes Angostura bitters
    • Ice

    Colleen & I at the Mai Kai

    Colleen & I at the Mai Kai

    Throw everything together in a blender and blend for 5 seconds, then pour it into the barrel. Goooood stuff!

    The Rum Barrel is also going to be the featured drink at this year’s Hukilau’s Master Mixologist Cocktail Challenge. Contestants get to devise a better barrel. I hear the competition is going to be pretty heavy, so if you’re going, make sure you check it out poolside at Bahia Cabana. See Hurricane Hayward’s post at Atomic Grog for more info!

    -Tiki Chris P, reporting from the Molokai Bar at The Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale (well, OK, not yet, but I will be soon)

  • Memories from Hukilau 2010, Fort Lauderdale

    Posted on June 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 13 comments

    hukilauThere’s nothing like getting a bunch of swingin’ kats and kittens together with island music, vintage threads and lots of rum. Well kids, let me tell you, his year’s Hukilau didn’t disappoint. From tattooed chicks in short skirts and flower leis to guys wearing palm tree shirts and short-brimmed fedoras, the eclectic crowd that swamped Fort Lauderdale was more fun than a barrel of fez-wearing monkeys.

    That's me, Tiki Chris with three of my best girls - Colleen, Shannon & Molly

    That's me, Tiki Chris with three of my best girls - Colleen, Shannon & Molly

    If you’ve been to an event like this (or to this one) you know how much fun can be packed into a couple of rum-drenched days. If you haven’t then you should definitely plan to. Our presence at the event was truncated due to a busy work schedule, but we still had a fantastic time on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Hukilau Pix & Mod Movie Monday coming up soon

    Posted on June 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    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 Saturday Night.

    Hey Kats & Kittens, just wanted to clue you to the fact that a groovy new post will be swinging your way before the moon jumps high in the sky. Hanging out at the Hukilau kind of put ole Tiki Chris behind a few steps in the writing (and gig) departments, so stay loose as a goose and hang in there…Hukilau photos and funstuff to come tonight, Mod Movie Monday will be…well, probably Mod Movie Wednesday this week!

    Later Kids,
    -Tiki C

  • 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!