Event preview: The Hukilau keeps 20th century Tiki culture alive and thriving in the 21st century

Polynesian Pop enthusiasts from around the world will gather Wednesday through Sunday (June 10-14) in Fort Lauderdale for The Hukilau, the East Coast’s largest and longest-running celebration of all things Tiki. The event reaches new heights in its 14th year at the towering Pier 66 hotel with marquee events that include the country’s top Tiki cocktail barmen and actress Dawn Wells, aka Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island.

The Hukilau 2015

The Hukilau: June 10-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Special guest: Dawn Wells. Musical guests and performers: Alika Lyman Group, The Intoxicators, Gold Dust Lounge, Pablus, Slip and the Spinouts, Kinky Waikiki, Skinny Jimmy Stingray, King Kukulele, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Lila Starlet, DJ James Brown’s Sweat. Symposium presenters: Arthur Dong, Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, Domenic Priore, Jeff Chenault, Jon Bortles and Tiki Gardener. Guest bartenders: Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Brian Miller, Martin Cate, Paul McGee, Dean Hurst, the Straw Hat Barmen.
* Buy tickets, get more info at TheHukilau.com
* Latest updates: The Hukilau on Facebook | Twitter
* The Atomic Grog: The Week in Tiki

For a so-called fad that started in the 1930s and peaked in the mid-20th century, Polynesian Pop seems to be doing quite well 15 years into the 21st century. So what makes Tiki culture so enduring, and endearing?

“It’s really all about the escape,” said Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White, an Alabama native who co-founded The Hukilau in 2002 in Atlanta and sagely moved it to Fort Lauderdale and its historic Polynesian palace, The Mai-Kai, in 2003. “Some of us live the lifestyle, but for so many others, they get to dress in island prints, make tropical cocktails and create an instant vacation. Tiki gives all of us a release from the hustle of everyday life.”

* See below: Sponsors and merchandise | Special events | The venues | Symposiums
Bands and performers | Tickets and schedule

Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White (center) and her crew on stage at The Mai-Kai during the 2014 main event

Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White (center) and her crew on stage at The Mai-Kai during the 2014 main event. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Escapism is timeless, and The Hukilau creates the perfect environment to get far away from the daily grind. While Tikiphiles are serious about their hobby, they don’t take themselves too seriously. At The Hukilau, they call themselves “villagers” as they pursue their fantasy weekend.

“For so many people, The Hukilau becomes their vacation each year,” White said. “I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard that people save for two, three or five years just to attend. People come from Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and even Alabama.” The secret to the event’s longevity is simple, she said. “The people who attend each and every year, whether new or a repeat attendee, are what makes this Tiki event so special. I’m incredibly proud to see friendships forged, the beginnings of many relationships and the magic in the eyes of our villagers. It’s all about aloha and the people who want to share it.”

But throwing the East Coast’s biggest Tiki party year after year is no easy task. White took sole control of The Hukilau in 2005, but she struggled with indifferent hotels. The one constant was the 58-year-old Mai-Kai and its iconic decor, tropical cocktails and authentic Polynesian floor show. “Without The Mai-Kai, The Hukilau simply wouldn’t exist,” White admits.

A vintage photo of The Mai-Kai's main dining room

A vintage photo of The Mai-Kai’s main dining room.

“When we moved the event to Fort Lauderdale in 2003, they didn’t know what to expect and I suppose we didn’t either,” she said of The Mai-Kai. “Becoming a part of their family and sharing their history and impact on Tiki culture has become my priority. If we get to play a small part in awareness and preservation of The Mai-Kai by bringing hundreds to Fort Lauderdale each year, then I’m proud.”

But the annual event eventually took its toll on White, and she announced last year as her swan song. But just months away from the finale, she had a change of heart when a pair of white knights came to the rescue [See story]. With a new partnership in place, White secured an ambitious host hotel, the landmark Hyatt Regency Pier 66 overlooking Port Everglades and the south end of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Built in 1956, the hotel this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of its 17-story tower and revolving cocktail lounge, a mid-20th century beacon in a world that seems intent on tearing down all its classic structures.

“Part of the allure of Pier 66 is that the hotel dates back to 1956, the year The Mai-Kai opened,” White said. “The hotel and their staff have been so attentive and given the event so much of their concentration – from the cocktails to the details.” Those elements are very important at a specialized event like The Hukilau, she noted. “Plus, the larger space allows us to grow for years to come.”

Dawn Wells has starred in more than 150 TV shows and seven motion pictures

Dawn Wells has starred in more than 150 TV shows and seven motion pictures.

The hotel’s rooftop lounge will host perhaps The Hukilau’s most prestigious special event to date on June 11. The Tiki Tower Takeover will be a one-of-kind happy hour cocktail party featuring four of the country’s most acclaimed tropical drink gurus together at one event for the first time. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails personally mixed by Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco), Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (Latitude 29, New Orleans), Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Chicago) and Brian Miller (“Tiki Mondays With Miller”, New York City).

The Three Hour Tour cruise with Dawn Wells is another event unique to The Hukilau. In addition to offering a chance to hang out with everyone’s favorite castaway, a 170-foot, 400-capacity yacht will feature complimentary food and drinks, plus prizes for the best Gilligan’s Island garb.

The Hukilau will include five nights of parties and events with an eclectic lineup of bands and entertainers from South Florida and beyond: Alika Lyman Group, The Intoxicators, Gold Dust Lounge, Pablus, Slip and the Spinouts, Kinky Waikiki, Skinny Jimmy Stingray, King Kukulele, Lila Starlet, and DJ James Brown’s Sweat. Expect to hear everything from jazz to surf to lounge to rockabilly.

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will perform two special swim shows at the nearby B Ocean Resort for The Hukilau only. Artists and vendors will show off their wares in the Tiki Treasures Bazaar. And for those who want to broaden their knowledge of Tiki and pop culture, there will be six symposiums conducted by some of the top experts in their fields, including Disney artists and an Oscar-nominated filmmaker.

Six rum sponsors, official merchandise from acclaimed artists

The Hukilau pendants by Perry Drake, based on the mug by Tiki Diablo

The Hukilau pendants by Perry Drake, based on the mug by Tiki Diablo.

Six rum sponsors will provide tastings and cocktails featuring their award-winning spirits. Haiti’s venerable Rhum Barbancourt will providing their famous rums for the Tiki Tower Takeover, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s symposium, the cruise with Dawn Wells, and also in a new cocktail at The Mai-Kai. There will also be tastings in the Tiki Treasure Bazaar. Two new artisanal rums – Wicked Dolphin from Cape Coral, Fla., and Gubba from Massachusetts – will have booths and provide tastings in the bazaar, which will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Real McCoy from Connecticut will welcome guests by providing tastings during Thursday’s registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fort Lauderdale’s South Florida Distillers, producers of Fwaygo rum, will host a pop-up bar on Thursday night at Pier 66 from 6 to 9 p.m. And Blue Chair Bay, Kenny Chesney’s New York-based island-style rum, was also added to the roster of rum sponsors and will be featured on the cruise.

Official event merchandise includes the exclusive 2015 event mug by California artist Daniel Gallardo, aka Tiki Diablo. The mug, inspired and adapted from a design by artist Dave “Basement Kahuna” Wolfe, will have a limited run of 400 mugs, 100 each of four different glazes. Tiki Diablo is one of the most acclaimed mug artists in the Tiki scene and last produced a mug for The Hukilau in 2012. Pendants by Perry Drake, based on the mug design, were also available during a pre-sale that has since ended. There will also be an array of other merchandise available at the event, including vintage glassware and T-shirts featuring a design by Southern California artist Michael Uhlenkott. Limited edition silkscreens featuring original art by underground Argentine lowbrow artist Jorge Alderete were also produced in collaboration with Tidbit Design. Items not sold at the event may be available online later.
* More info on the merchandise

Special events: Mermaid shows, Tiki’s top barmen, cruise with Mary Ann

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid's swim shows at The Wreck Bar

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s swim shows at The Wreck Bar.

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her pod of aquaticats will present two exclusive swim shows for attendees of The Hukilau only. These will be in addition to the regular Friday and Saturday shows at 6:30 p.m. that can be viewed from the B Ocean Resort’s historic Wreck Bar. The additional shows at the former Yankee Clipper hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. To ensure clear sightlines for everyone, The Wreck Bar will not be filled beyond its seated capacity. Tickets for the additional mermaid shows are $10 each and are expected to sell out quickly.

The Hukilau has assembled the country’s most celebrated Tiki bar owners and drink masters to be your hosts at a special cocktail party in the famous Pier 66 revolving lounge 17 floors above Fort Lauderdale Beach. Join Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (Latitude 29, New Orleans), Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco), Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Chicago) and Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller, New York City) as they each shake up a signature drink during a special two-hour happy hour on Thursday, June 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. The rooftop venue, which turns 360 degrees every 66 minutes, offers spectacular views of the Fort Lauderdale skyline and Atlantic Ocean. This laid-back happy-hour event is a one-of-a-kind happy opportunity to sample full-sized, fully garnished signature drinks personally made by these Tiki cocktail stars, together in one room for the first time. Tampa-based ukuleleist and vocalist Pablus will help set the mood with his Island-style tunes. This event is sold out.
* Tiki Tower Takeover details | Guest bartenders

Everyone’s favorite castaway, Mary Ann of iconic 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, will be a guest of honor at The Hukilau this year. Actress Dawn Wells will join 300 guests on Friday, June 12, aboard the Lady Windridge Yacht as it sets sail from the Pier 66 Marina for a three-hour tour of the waterways of Fort Lauderdale. In addition to an open bar featuring craft Tiki cocktails and food, the cruise will include a costume contest with $100 grand prize. Guests are invited to dress in their favorite Gilligan’s Island garb, with Dawn selecting the winner. Tickets are $99 if you’ve already purchased a wristband for The Hukilau, $149 without a wristband. The cruise boards at noon and runs from 12:30 to 3:30.
* Book the cruise | More on Dawn Wells

The venues: Two mid-century landmarks still thriving in 2015

The Pier 66 tower was built in 1964-65 for nearly $6 million. It remains the dominant structure on the south end of Fort Lauderdale Beach

The Pier 66 tower was built in 1964-65 for nearly $6 million. It remains the dominant structure on the south end of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The Hyatt Regency Pier 66, which dominates the skyline next to Port Everglades and the Intracoastal Waterway bridge, dates back to 1956. The iconic $6 million, 17-story tower was added in 1965 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Its space-age design and rotating cocktail lounge made it the toast of Fort Lauderdale, and it remains a popular destination for conventions, weddings and special events. Pier 66 recently completed a $20 million renovation that upgrades the historic marina, restaurants and ballrooms. The original 1956-57 Pier 66 was simply a gas station, dock and marina built by Phillips Petroleum on 22 acres adjacent to Fort Lauderdale’s port. A two-story hotel and restaurant were added in the late 1950s. One of the original buildings still anchors the west side of the 384-room resort. The Crystal Atrium and Ballroom in the main tower building will host The Hukilau’s Tiki Treasures Bazaar, a huge vendor marketplace featuring artists, antique collectors and creators of unique vintage-style merchandise. While the waterfront Panorama Ballroom will host the Thursday and Friday night parties featuring live music and special performances.
* Booking info, more on Pier 66

Conceived and created by brothers Bob and Jack Thornton, The Mai-Kai is a direct descendant of the Don the Beachcomber chain that began in Hollywood, Calif., in the 1930s when restaurateur Donn Beach opened what is considered the world’s first Tiki bar and lounge. By the 1950s, the Tiki craze had swept the nation and the Thorntons spared no expense in building their dream restaurant. They traveled throughout the South Seas, returning with one-of-a-kind artifacts to decorate their Polynesian palace. Though the hotel will host most of the activities during the event, The Mai-Kai is always a popular destination for its signature tropical drinks and food, plus several scheduled special events. This includes the traditional Saturday night main event, when attendees pack the restaurant for two dinner shows, plus live bands and special entertainment. In recognition of its significance and status as an icon, The Mai-Kai was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.
* More on The Mai-Kai | Official site
* On The Atomic Grog: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide | All Mai-Kai posts

Special events and symposiums: Tiki temples, classic cocktails, exotic locales

* Brigands, Barons & Beachcombers: The Many Faces of Planter’s Punch. Host Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, one of Tiki’s most well-known historians and author of six cocktail books, is joined by New York City Tiki torchbearer Brian Miller for an in-depth look at the Caribbean classic that serves as the template for most great vintage tropical drinks, from the Mai Tai to the Zombie. Berry, making his 10th appearance at The Hukilau, also owns and operates Latitude 29, an exotic cocktail lounge and restaurant in New Orleans. Miller hosts the long-running “Tiki Mondays With Miller” events at cocktail bars throughout the Big Apple. Saturday, June 13, at 11:30 a.m. This event is sold out.

* Prefab Paradise: A Look Back at Walt Disney’s World’s Original Polynesian Village, hosted by Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily. The artists known for their retro-themed creations and collaborations with Disney take guests back to the 1970s for a virtual vacation at the resort once touted by Disney marketing as a “prefab paradise,” Walt Disney World’s original Polynesian Village. Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m.

* Forbidden City, USA – Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970, hosted by Arthur Dong. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker and writer spent more than 30 years chronicling this forgotten chapter of entertainment history. Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m.

A vintage painting of The Kahiki in Columbus, Ohio

A vintage painting of The Kahiki in Columbus, Ohio.

* The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier, hosted by Domenic Priore. A look back at the nautical-themed amusement park (1958-1967), built on a pier in Santa Monica, Calif., as an alternative to Disneyland. Priore is the author of Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier. Friday, June 12, at 4:30 p.m.

* The Kahiki: Crown Jewel of Polynesian Supper Clubs, hosted by Jeff Chenault. One of the authors of a new book on the late, great Columbus, Ohio, restaurant will take you on a visual history tour of one of the most extravagant of the grand South Seas supper clubs. Guests will also enjoy a cocktail resurrected from The Kahiki menu. Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m.

* They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot: The story of Tiki Gardens, hosted by Jon Bortles and Tiki Gardener. An inside look at the Polynesian theme park on Florida’s Gulf Coast that opened in 1964 and closed in the 1980s. The two avid Tiki archaeologists are writing a book about the vintage roadside attraction. Friday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m.

* More info: Symposiums | Speakers

Bands and performers: Jazz, exotica, surf, lounge, rockabilly and more

The Hukilau will be Alika Lyman's only East Coast performance of 2015

The Hukilau will be Alika Lyman’s only East Coast performance of 2015.

* Alika Lyman Group: Paying tribute to his uncle, exotica pioneer Arthur Lyman, Honolulu musician Alika Lyman in 2014 released the album Leis of Jazz, Vol. 2. The original Leis of Jazz was released by Arthur Lyman in 1959. The Alika Lyman Group’s repertoire floats seamlessly between vintage-tinged combo jazz , classic exotica, and Hawaiian standards. The band, which includes some top musicians in today’s exotica scene, will headline Friday night’s Main Event at Pier 66 and also perform Saturday night at The Mai-Kai.

* The Intoxicators: A mainstay at The Hukilau since 2005, this Tallahassee-based trio plays a powerful blend of classic surf, rockabilly, and pure guitar-driven instrumental rock. You can also expect the band’s alter ego, simian surf band The Disasternauts, to join the party. Performing at Thursday’s Kick-Off Party at Pier 66 and Saturday night at The Mai-Kai.

* Gold Dust Lounge: Riding a wave of acclaim for the new Lost Sunset album, the group led by Miami guitarist Russell Mofsky takes familiar sounds and bends them into something that reverberates with the wild and exotic, from surf to spy jazz. Performing at Wednesday’s Pre-Party at The Mai-Kai.

Russell Mofsky leads Miami's Gold Dust Lounge

Russell Mofsky leads Miami’s Gold Dust Lounge.

* Kinky Waikiki: Swaggering out of Athens, Ga., this steel guitar based instrumental group takes cocktail hour to the next level with an intoxicating mix of exotica and hapa haole, flavored with lounge and surf. The band released their own self-titled album last year after their first appearance at The Hukilau. Performing at Thursday’s Kick-Off Party, Friday’s Main Event at Pier 66, and Saturday night at The Mai-Kai.

* Slip and the Spinouts: Regulars on the Florida bar circuit and favorites at The Mai-Kai, this hard-working band plays an eclectic blend of rockabilly, Western swing, surf, old country, blues, and roots music that includes both originals and their own takes on popular classics. Performing at Friday’s Main Event at Pier 66.

* Pablus: This Tampa singer, multi-instrumentalist and leader of the Tiki band The Crazed Mugs will return with his intimate solo performances on the ukulele. His unique songs and stories reminisce about all things Tiki, from the mountains and gardens of Hawaii to his favorite exotic lounges. Performing at the Tiki Tower Takeover and Saturday night at The Mai-Kai.

* Skinny Jimmy Stingray: The mild-mannered James LeClair, aka Skinny Jimmy Stingray, is on a mission to bring the powerful stripped-down sound of surf guitar to the world. Surrounding himself with an all-star cast of musicians, this will be his third straight appearance at The Hukilau. Performing Saturday and Sunday at The Mai-Kai.

King Kukulele performs at The Hukilau in 2012

King Kukulele performs at The Hukilau in 2012. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

* King Kukulele: When comedian, actor and ukuleleist Denny Moynahan dons his straw hat, Hawaiian shirt, grass skirt and lei, he becomes one of the most recognizable figures on the Tiki scene for the past decade. Master of ceremonies of The Hukilau since the beginning, King Kukulele reigns with an infectious energy while performing his signature hapa haole and novelty songs.

* Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid (Medusirena): The retro-aquatic performer and fire dancer also known as Marina Duran-Anderson is famous for her weekly swim shows with her pod of “aquaticats” that can be viewed through the portholes in the historic The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort (formerly the Yankee Clipper) on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Two special swim shows at the Wreck Bar on Wednesday and Saturday exclusively for attendees of The Hukilau have been scheduled in addition to the normal Friday and Saturday happy hour events. Marina, who also specializes in Vaudeville/burlesque dancing with a touch of retro-Poly Pop, will also be performing at Thursday’s Kick-Off Party at Pier 66. She’s making her ninth appearance at The Hukilau.

* Lila Starlet: Known as “The Skintillating Siren,” this burlesque performer takes inspiration from the old Hollywood glamour era. Her inspiration is the 1930s and 1940s, and she presents elegant, classic burlesque productions harkening back to the days of old. Lila has also been a member of MeduSirena’s pod of aquaticats for five years. Performing at Friday’s Main Event at Pier 66.

* More info on the performers

Tickets and schedule: 5 days and nights of wall-to-wall Tiki delights

All passes and tickets for the event, symposiums and special events are sold a la carte. The five-day Big Kahuna Pass is sold out, but you can still pick up a $130 Aloha Pass (Thursday-Sunday) and $115 Luau Pass (Friday-Sunday), or single-day tickets ($55 for Thursday, $65 for Friday, $25 for Sunday.) All remaining symposium tickets are $25. Tickets and passes are non-refundable but can be transferred. The Hukilau is a rain-or-shine event.
* Buy tickets now

Tiki Tower Takeover

The Tiki Tower Takeover will feature (clockwise from upper left) Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, Paul McGee and Brian Miller mixing up special cocktails in the Pier Top Lounge on Thursday, June 11.

DAILY SCHEDULE
(Subject to change; check here for updates)

Wednesday (B Ocean Resort)
* Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid exclusive swim show (The Wreck Bar), 4:30 p.m. (3:30 doors)

Wednesday (The Mai-Kai)
* Pre-Party in The Molokai lounge,8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Gold Dust Lounge)
(Sold out / Big Kahuna passholders only)
.
Thursday (Pier 66)
* Tiki Tower Takeover in the Pier Top Lounge, 4-6 p.m. (Sold out)
* Tiki Treasures Bazaar, 6-9 p.m.
* Kick-Off Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (The Intoxicators, Kinky Waikiki, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, King Kukulele)

Friday (Pier 66)
* Tiki Treasures Bazaar, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
* Symposium: The story of Tiki Gardens, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
* Three Hour Tour Cruise with Dawn Wells: Noon-4 p.m.
* Symposium: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
* Symposium: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970, 6-7 p.m.
* Main Event, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Alika Lyman Group, Kinky Waikiki, Slip and the Spinouts, The Disasternauts, Lila Starlet)

Saturday (Pier 66)
* Tiki Treasures Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
* Symposium: A Look Back at Walt Disney’s World’s Original Polynesian Village, 10-11 a.m.
* Symposium: The Many Faces of Planter’s Punch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sold out)
* Book signings and autograph session, 1:30.-3 p.m. in Tiki Treasures Bazaar (Dawn Wells, Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, Jeff Chenault, Domenic Priore)

Saturday (B Ocean Resort)
* Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid exclusive swim show (The Wreck Bar), 2 p.m. (1 p.m. doors; sold out)

The Intoxicators performed for a 10th straight year at The Hukilau in June 2014

The Intoxicators performed for a 10th straight year at The Hukilau in June 2014. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Saturday (The Mai-Kai)
Note: All guests must make dinner reservations by calling The Mai-Kai at (954) 563-3272
* First seating (sold out): Happy hour 4:30 p.m., dinner show 7:30
* Second seating: Happy hour 7 p.m., dinner show 10:30
Band schedule:
* 4:30-6 p.m. – Kinky Waikiki in The Molokai bar, jam session in the Tahiti dining room
* 7-8 p.m. – Pablus in The Molokai bar
* 8:30-10 p.m. – Alika Lyman Group in the Tahiti dining room
* 10-midnight – Skinny Jimmy Stingray in The Molokai bar
* 10:30-midnight – The Intoxicators in the Tahiti dining room

Sunday (The Mai-Kai)
* Finale: Noon-4 p.m.
* Skinny Jimmy Stingray in The Molokai bar
* Symposium: The Kahiki, 1 p.m.

The Tiki Treasures Bazaar will be held in the 7,500-square-foot Crystal Ballroom, the hotel’s grand ballroom just off the lobby in the main tower. The Kick-Off Party, Main Event and symposiums will be held in the 5,800-square-foot Panorama Ballroom overlooking the marina and Intracoastal Waterway.

* Transportation: As a perk for those who buy the Big Kahuna, Aloha and Luau passes, The Hukilau will provide free transportation to the Wednesday and Saturday scheduled events at The Mai-Kai. The B Ocean Resort, site of Marina the Mermaid’s swim shows, is around 1 mile away and is also accessible via water taxi.
* More on transportation

Browse the Bazaar, more for the locals

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry signs copies of his latest book at the Cocktail Kingdom booth in the Tiki Treasures Bazaar in June 2014

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry signs copies of his latest book at the Cocktail Kingdom booth in the Tiki Treasures Bazaar in June 2014. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Tiki Treasures Bazaar will feature a wide selection of artwork, Tiki carvings, mugs, aloha wear, vintage collectibles, vinyl records, and ephemera from all over the world. Admission is included with The Big Kahuna, Aloha and Luau passes. Locals can check out the bazaar on Saturday afternoon for just $10. Confirmed booths include: The Hukilau Official Merchandise, The Art of Robert Jimenez, Art and Alligators, Harold Golen Gallery, Beachcomber Cory’s Tiki Hut, New Legend Productions, Roadside Attraction, Johnnie Velour Ceramics, The Modern Historic, The Green Tiki, Tropiki, Tahiti Joe’s Hot Sauces, Tiki Tony, Grider Co, Cocktail Kingdom, Tiki Diablo, Basement Kahuna, Playground Zero, Tiki Gill, Neal Valentine, Rhum Barbancourt, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Gubba Rum, Urbnpop, and many more.
* More on the Tiki Treasures Bazaar

South Florida locals who may not be able to buy a multi-day pass and stay at Pier 66 or a nearby hotel can pick up ala carte tickets to the cruise, symposiums and the evening parties. At The Mai-Kai on Saturday night, there’s a $20 cover for those without a wristband or badge. Sunday’s finale at The Mai-Kai is $25 and includes live music and a symposium. White seeks to dispel the notion that locals have to be heavily into Tiki to enjoy the event. “If anything, it gives them a chance to dust off their island prints and put them to good use, imbibe on good rum and tropical cocktails, meet new friends and hopefully take away a greater appreciation of The Mai-Kai,” she said.

It’s also important for locals to keep coming back and support The Mai-Kai throughout the year, White said. “So much history just disappears, but The Mai-Kai still stands, since 1956, a treasure that every South Floridian can enjoy.”

The Hukilau official links
* TheHukilau.com | Facebook page | Facebook group | Twitter
Official photos | Instagram | Flickr

Official venue sites
* Pier66Hyatt.com | Facebook page | Flickr
* MaiKai.com | Facebook page

More on The Atomic Grog
* The Hukilau updates: Tiki Tower Takeover sold out
* The Hukilau event mug now on sale, new details announced
* The Hukilau gears up for 14th annual Tiki weekender, exclusive events
* The Hukilau welcomes Tiki’s top bartenders, Dawn Wells of ‘Gilligan’s Island’
* The Hukilau announces six historic symposiums, ticket sales for June event
* The Hukilau is movin’ on up … to the landmark Pier 66 hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach
* Following ‘magical’ 2014, Tiki Kiliki has big plans for The Hukilau in 2015 and beyond
* Past photo recaps of The Hukilau: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
* Full coverage of The Hukilau

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.
This entry was posted in 2015, Art, Cocktails, Culture, Events, Events, Events, Events, Film, History, Hukilau, Mai-Kai, Music, Restaurants, Rum and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply