Posted on May 31st, 2013 No comments
Wow, 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),
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
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.
Posted on February 9th, 2011 No comments
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 www.thehukilau.com/2011.
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!
I 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
Posted on May 27th, 2010 2 comments
Sure kids, there are dozens of great Tiki events taking place all around the country (and the world), but when it comes to the biggest in the 48 states, none compare to the BIG THREE: The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale Floirda, Tiki Oasis in San Diego California, and Ohana Luau at the Lake in Lake George New York.
Since I live 15 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, going to The Hukilau is as easy as sipping a Mai Tai under a palm tree. Four days of Tiki themed parties, drinks, films, art, dining and shows will make you feel like you’re in the South Pacific. And of course, the world famous Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant & Tiki Bar (The original from 1956) is included as the main attraction on Saturday night, featuring their Polynesian fire dancers and (what I think is) the best PolyPop dining outside of Hawaii.
Entertainment at the Hukilau this year includes King Kukulele, The Woggles, Neanderthals, Sweet Hollywaiians, Intoxicators!, Stolen Idols, The Bikini Beachcombers, Walk The Plank, Elena –Hula Hooper Extraordinaire!, Candy Del Rio, Reverend Valentine and South Florida’s own Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid.
In between the drinks, music and dancing will be specials guests: Shag – Josh Agle, a book signing by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Lu Vickers – The History of Weeki Wachee, DVD of Tiki WORLD PREMIERE – Paradise Lost, Duda Leit Tikimentary – In Search of the Lost Paradise, Art from Harold Golen Gallery of Miami, and Sarong-O-Rama fashion show with Tiki Bree & Sandra Carr. Add to that the room crawl, Tiki Treasure Bazaar and the Master Mixologist Cocktail Challenge and you’ve got one hell of swingin’ Tiki bar party! We’ll be there for the big event on Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night for dinner and the Polynesian show at the Mai Kai.
Luau at the Lake takes place each year in one of my favorite vacation spots, Lake George, New York at the fantabulous Tiki Motor Inn, a throwback to the golden years of Poly Pop. Lake George Village itself has a very ’50s vibe to it, and it’s not unusual to catch a ’57 Chevy or ’50 Merc cruising the strip on a Saturday night. This year’s Ohana features some great music from Granite Tiki, Bamboo Saxotica, 9th Wave, The Ghosts, Pablus, Waitiki, Fisherman, Jimmy Virani, Francis LLacuna and more.
Room crawls and outdoor movies viewable from the pool add to the fun. There’s also going to be a cocktail contest, a mini golf tournament and the Luau Under The Stars…featuring a pig roast, traditional hula and the fire knife dance. And of course there will be a section of Tikirific vendors to grab some hip souvenirs from!
And Last but certainly not least…
San Diego, California
According to the people who run Tiki Oasis, Tiki Oasis is “the largest and longest running Tiki Event on planet earth.” Here at Tiki Lounge Talk we have no reason to doubt the authenticity of that statement. One of the longest running Tiki parties, Tiki Oasis is set in the heart of what most people consider the home of the Tiki Culture rebirth, Southern California. (Of course some of us never noticed a rebirth because we’ve been swiggin’ rum at the Tiki bar all our lives)
Entertainment is wall to wall featuring King Kukulele, The Tikiyaki Orchestra, APE, The Martini Kings, Mimi Le Meaux, Clouseaux, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, The Maikai Gents, Lushy, Tana the Tattooed Lady, Project: Pimento, The Hula Girls, Lady Borgia, Thee Swank Bastards, Megan Mayhem, Violetta Beretta and Sultry Savage Burlesque, and Martin Cate. The schedule hasn’t been posted on the website yet, so it’s a sure bet there will be more stuff added to the event.
The bad news: These events are almost sold out for 2010. Rooms are totally booked and the goodies like commemorative Tiki Mugs are either gone or almost gone. So why am I posting this now? So you don’t forget to plan for next year, that’s why.
No kidding kids, if you can’t get into one of these events this year, start getting the luggage & cab fare together for next year. These things sell out QUICK! In fact, the hotel rooms at Bahia Cabana (the host hotel for The Hukilau) sold out about a week after they announced it, if I remember right. So put it on the books, jump in your jalopy and make tracks!
-Tiki Chris reporting from the cabana on the beach, under the hot Florida sun.
Tiki Lounge Talk is the place where mellow Tikiphiles meet swingin’ kats and kittens. Pull up a cocktail, lay a Les Baxter platter on the hi-fi and get into Retro & Tiki Culture and swing with kool kids! Ker-razy, man!