The Hukilau offers special deal if you book before 2013

The 12th edition of The Hukilau returns to its longtime June time slot in 2013, but it’s never too early to sign up for the East Coast’s premiere Tiki event.

The Hukilau

If you buy an all-access pass in the waning days of 2012, you’ll automatically be “grandfathered in” to any additional events – such as rum and cocktail tastings – that may require an additional fee if you book later. In past years, some great symposiums and special events were added added as the event approached, so here’s your opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

The Hukilau is scheduled for June 6-9 at Fort Lauderdale’s Sheraton Beach Hotel, aka the “Yankee Clipper.” Go to, the official website, to purchase your event tickets now. The site also includes instructions on how to book your room at the Sheraton. There’s a special $119 rate (per night, double occupancy), but you must click on the website link to get this deal.

Hukilau 2013 at the Yankee Clipper

There are also rooms available next door at the Best Western Oceanside for $109, but if you stay at the Yankee Clipper you get exclusive benefits such as priority seating at symposiums, a private cocktail party, and a free goodie bag that includes a vintage cocktail glass and other one-a-kind souvenirs. Check out the website’s accommodations page for full details.

Organizers of The Hukilau will be making a full announcement of all the scheduled entertainment and special events when the website re-launches in January. But several major names have already been announced, with the latest addition being Southern California’s Ding Dong Devils.

Making their East Coast and Hukilau debut, the band is a wild mix of Tiki, exotica and Polynesian pop style with garage rock, rockabilly, surf, and even burlesque sounds. They will be performing both at the Yankee Clipper and The Mai-Kai. The legendary Polynesian restaurant will, as always, host The Hukilau’s traditional Saturday night main event.

Ding Dong Devils

Ding Dong Devils

Other performing bands include Tallahassee’s The Intoxicators and California’s The Hula Girls.

Symposiums announced so far are another insightful cocktail presentation by author Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, a tattoo demonstration by Paul Roe of Britishink Tattoos, a Yankee Clipper history lesson from TikiTomD, and a look at the culture of vintage Hawaiian shirts by Gary Moss.

Other scheduled events include the Tiki Treasures Bazaar and a special Hukilau art show to be announced. The Yankee Clipper’s famous Wreck Bar will also host a special edition of Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s Underwater Swim Show.

Event tickets range from $20 for some symposiums to $150 for the Yankee Clipper all-access pass that gives you admission to all events.

The Hukilau is also actively seeking vendors for the bazaar as well as sponsors on all levels of participation. Click here for a vendor kit and click here for sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Previous coverage: Hukilau returns to June, historic ‘Yankee Clipper’ in 2013

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About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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