The Hukilau photo highlights: Wednesday’s mermaid show, pre-party at The Mai-Kai

Check out images from the first day of festivities during The Hukilau’s 14th annual Tiki weekender in Fort Lauderdale.
Photos by day: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday/Sunday

PHOTOS FROM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10

Registration opens at Pier 66

The moai were placed in the lobby with care.A moai awaits guests near the registration booth in the Crystal Atrium. (The Hukilau photo)

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Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s exclusive swim show at The Wreck Bar

The event was not oversold, so everyone had great views of the show. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)The event was not oversold, so everyone had great views of the show at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)

One of Marina's fellow mermaids. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)One of Marina’s fellow mermaids. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)

Some special guests join Marina and her pod of aquaticats. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)Some special guests join Marina and her pod of aquaticats. (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)

Lost on safari? (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)Lost on safari? (Photo by Tiki Chris Pinto)

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her cast of characters. (Photo by Roy Anderson)Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her cast of characters. (Photo by Roy Anderson)

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Pre-Party in The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai

Emcee King Kululele kicks off the party. Emcee King Kululele kicks off the party. (Atomic Grog photo)

Gold Dust Lounge from Miami play a rousing set of instrumental surf. Gold Dust Lounge from Miami play a rousing set of instrumental surf. (Atomic Grog photo)

The Mai-Kai presents a special cocktail featuring Rhum Barbancourt. The Mai-Kai presents a special cocktail featuring Rhum Barbancourt. (Atomic Grog photo)

Guitarist Russell Mofsky leads Gold Dust Lounge through tunes from the band's "Lost Sunset" album. Guitarist Russell Mofsky leads Gold Dust Lounge through tunes from the band’s “Lost Sunset” album. (Atomic Grog photo)

Gold Dust Lounge is joined by guitarist Gary Evans of The Intoxicators.  (Photo by Go11Events.com)Gold Dust Lounge is joined by guitarist Gary Evans of The Intoxicators. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Cooking Channel's Jim Stacy (<em>Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy</em>) was in the house, hanging out with emcee King Kukulele  The Cooking Channel’s Jim Stacy (Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy) was in the house, hanging out with emcee King Kukulele. (Atomic Grog photo)
* Check out a clip from Stacy’s show shot at The Mai-Kai last year

The Tiki Tower Takeover crew stages a Molokai bar takeover! From left: Jeff "Beachbum" Berry,  Shelby Allison, Paul McGee, Martin Cate, Rebecca Cate, Brian Miller. The Tiki Tower Takeover crew stages a Molokai bar takeover! From left: Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Shelby Allison, Paul McGee, Martin Cate, Rebecca Cate, Brian Miller. (Atomic Grog photo)

The Hukilau's Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White and The Atomic Grog's Jim "Hurricane" Hayward enjoy cocktails in The Molokai. The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White and The Atomic Grog’s Jim “Hurricane” Hayward enjoy cocktails in The Molokai. (Atomic Grog photo)

Official photos: Browse the Pre-Party gallery from Go11 Events

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Photos by day: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday/Sunday

More photos, coverage
* New Times: Video | Photo gallery | Story
* Photos: SouthFlorida.com | Straw Hat Barmen

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.
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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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