The Hukilau photo highlights: Saturday’s cocktail symposium, Tiki Treasures Bazaar, mermaid swimshow, Main Event at The Mai-Kai; Sunday’s Finale

Check out images from the fourth and fifth days of festivities during The Hukilau’s 14th annual Tiki weekender in Fort Lauderdale.
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PHOTOS FROM SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Jump below: Tiki Treasures Bazaar | Mermaid show | Main Event | Sunday’s Finale

Brigands, Barons & Beachcombers: The Many Faces of Planter’s Punch

King Kukulele (left) introduces Beachbum Berry and Brian Miller (right) to the sold-out audience in the Panorama Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel. (Photo by Go11Events.com)King Kukulele (left) introduces Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brian Miller (right) to the sold-out audience in the Panorama Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The first sample drinks arrive quickly. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The first sample drinks arrive quickly. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, author of six definitive books on Tiki cocktails and owner of Latitude 29 in New Orleans, kicks off the symposium on one of history’s most iconic drinks. (Atomic Grog photo)Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, author of six definitive books on Tiki cocktails and owner of Latitude 29 in New Orleans, kicks off the symposium on one of history’s most iconic drinks. (Atomic Grog photo)

Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller), who Beachbum Berrry credits with bringing Tiki back to New York City, mixes up a cocktail. (Atomic Grog photo)Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller), who Beachbum Berrry credits with bringing Tiki back to New York City, mixes up a cocktail. (Atomic Grog photo)

Beachbum Berry, who has released his own line of vintage barware via Cocktail Kingdom, demonstrates how to use an authentic swizzle stick. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Beachbum Berry, who has released his own line of vintage barware via Cocktail Kingdom, demonstrates how to use an authentic swizzle stick. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Hukilau bar team, including Jeanne Catahula Vidrine and George Jenkins of the Straw Hat Barmen, present the second of four(!) sample cocktails. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Hukilau bar team, including Jeanne Catahula Vidrine and George Jenkins of the Straw Hat Barmen, present the second of four(!) sample cocktails. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry traces the earliest Planter’s Punch recipes back to to the 1800s. You can find lots more of his historical research in his latest book, Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them (2013). (Atomic Grog photo)Jeff “Beachbum” Berry traces the earliest Planter’s Punch recipes back to to the 1800s. You can find lots more of his historical research in his latest book, Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them (2013). (Atomic Grog photo)

Beachbum Berry toasts Brian Miller’s modern take on the Planter’s Punch, Opaka Raka. The recipe appeared in Berry’s fifth book, Remixed. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Beachbum Berry toasts Brian Miller’s modern take on the Planter’s Punch, Opaka Raka. The recipe appeared in Berry’s fifth book, Remixed. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brian Miller are joined by the hard-working crew who made the symposium possible. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brian Miller are joined by the hard-working crew who made the symposium possible. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Official photos: Browse the Planter’s Punch symposium gallery from Go11 Events

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Tiki Treasures Bazaar

Crowds fill the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel's Crystal Ballroom on the last day of the Tiki Treasures Bazaar. (Atomic Grog photo)Crowds fill the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel’s Crystal Ballroom on the last day of the Tiki Treasures Bazaar. (Atomic Grog photo)

The Dawn Wells autograph session attracted a long line of fans at the Harold Golen Gallery booth. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Dawn Wells autograph session attracted a long line of fans at the Harold Golen Gallery booth. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Hukilau’s co-producer and co-founder, Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White, greets special guest Dawn Wells, star of the classic TV series Gilligan’s Island. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Hukilau’s co-producer and co-founder, Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White, greets special guest Dawn Wells, star of the classic TV series Gilligan’s Island. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Authors Domenic Priore (left) and Jeff Chenault sign copies of their books, which were also the subject of symposiums at The Hukilau. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Authors Domenic Priore (left) and Jeff Chenault sign copies of their books, which were also the subject of symposiums at The Hukilau. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White welcomes back artists Kevin Kidney (right) and Jody Daily, who presented a symposium on Disney World’s Polynesian Village on Friday and participated in a signing on Saturday. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White welcomes back artists Kevin Kidney (right) and Jody Daily, who presented a symposium on Disney World’s Polynesian Village on Friday and participated in a signing on Saturday. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Hukilau's official mug by Tiki Diablo includes a special LED torch light. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Hukilau’s official mug by Tiki Diablo includes a special LED torch light. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

DJ Mike "Jetsetter" Jones plays a special set of retro tunes. (Atomic Grog photo)DJ Mike “Jetsetter” Jones plays a special set of retro tunes. (Atomic Grog photo)

Michael Gordon (left), aka Tiki Zombie, with fellow comic professional William Michael Kielhorn. Gordon was making his first visit to The Hukilau. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Michael Gordon (left), aka Tiki Zombie, with fellow comic professional William Michael Kielhorn. Gordon was making his first visit to The Hukilau. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Official photos: Browse the Tiki Treasures Bazaar gallery from Go11 Events

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

Marina and her pod of aquaticats perform a second special swim show at the B Ocean Resort for attendees of The Hukilau only. (Photo by Roy Anderson)Marina and her pod of aquaticats perform a second special swim show at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort for attendees of The Hukilau only. The first was on Wednesday. (Photo by Roy Anderson)

Somehow, Marina wrested Crazy Al Evans' drink away from him. (Photo by Roy Anderson)Somehow, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid wrested Crazy Al Evans’ drink away from him. (Photo by Roy Anderson)

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Main Event at The Mai-Kai

Atlanta-based restaurateur and food TV host Jim Stacy (Offbeat Eats With Jim Stacy) assumes a new role at The Hukilau’s main event as he pillages The Mai-Kai and corrals a Molokai Girl. (Atomic Grog photo)Atlanta-based restaurateur and food TV host Jim Stacy (Offbeat Eats With Jim Stacy) assumes a new role at The Hukilau’s main event as he pillages The Mai-Kai and corrals a Molokai Girl. (Atomic Grog photo)

South Florida’s The Quiet Villagers play an early set of exotic tunes in The Molokai bar. (Atomic Grog photo)South Florida’s The Quiet Villagers play an early set of exotic tunes in The Molokai bar. (Atomic Grog photo)

Georgia's Kinky Waikiki brings its loungy Hawaiian sounds to The Mai-Kai's Tahiti dining room. (Atomic Grog photo)Georgia’s Kinky Waikiki brings its loungy Hawaiian sounds to The Mai-Kai’s Tahiti dining room. (Atomic Grog photo)

The dining rooms fill up for the sold-out first dinner seating. (Atomic Grog photo)The dining rooms fill up for the sold-out first dinner seating. (Atomic Grog photo)

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her aquaticats treat themselves to a formal night out, sans tails. (Photo by Marina Duran-Anderson)Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her aquaticats treat themselves to a formal night out, sans tails. (Photo by Marina Duran-Anderson)

Artist Rod North presents The Hukilau's Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White with a portrait he painted for her. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Artist Rod North presents The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White with a portrait he painted for her. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Hukilau's entertainment coordinator, Brian Crum (left), and symposium coordinator James McDonald enjoy a cocktail. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Hukilau’s entertainment coordinator, Brian Crum (left), and symposium coordinator James McDonald enjoy a cocktail. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Pirate meets pirate: Jim Stacy vs. Brian Miller. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Pirate vs. pirate: Jim Stacy vs. Brian Miller. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

A guest is treated to a dance from a Mai-Kai Mystery Girl after ordering a Mystery Drink. (Photo by Go11Events)A guest is treated to a dance from a Mai-Kai Mystery Girl after ordering a Mystery Drink. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

During stage presentations before the dinner show, The Hukilau's Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White (center) poses with her partners, staff and crew after presenting them with special versions of the 2015 event mug by Tiki Diablo. (Photo by Go11Events.com)During stage presentations before the dinner show, The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White (center) poses with her partners, staff and crew after presenting them with special versions of the 2015 event mug by Tiki Diablo. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Mai-Kai's owners and managers receive special recognition and mugs during the stage presentations. From left: The Hukilau's Mike Zielinski and Christie White; The Mai-Kai's Dave Levy, Kern Mattei and Mireille Thornton; The Hukilau's Richard Oneslager; and The Mai-Kai's Pia Dahlquist. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Mai-Kai’s owners and managers receive special recognition and mugs during the stage presentations. From left: The Hukilau’s Mike Zielinski and Christie White; The Mai-Kai’s Dave Levy, Kern Mattei and Mireille Thornton; The Hukilau’s Richard Oneslager; and The Mai-Kai’s Pia Dahlquist. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Special guest Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island) is captured by Jim Stacy (Offbeat Eats With Jim Stacy). (Photo by Go11Events.com)Special guest Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) is captured by Jim Stacy (Offbeat Eats With Jim Stacy). (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Disney artists Kevin Kidney (right) and Jody Daily enjoy dinner at The Mai-Kai, along with a commemorative mug. (Photo by Go11Events.com) Disney artists Kevin Kidney (right) and Jody Daily enjoy dinner at The Mai-Kai, along with a commemorative mug. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Symposium presenters Jeff Chenault (left) and Jon Bortles show off their mugs. (Photo by Go11Events.com)Symposium presenters Jeff Chenault (left) and Jon Bortles show off their mugs. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and Brian Miller also earned mugs for their participation in The Hukilau 2015.  (Photo by Go11Events.com)Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brian Miller also earned mugs for their participation in The Hukilau 2015. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Hukilau's Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White is flanked by two special ladies: Actress Dawn Wells (left) and Mai-Kai owner Mireille Thornton, also the show choreographer and costume designer. (Photo by Go11Events.com)The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White is flanked by two special ladies: Actress Dawn Wells (left) and Mai-Kai owner Mireille Thornton, also the show choreographer and costume designer. (Photo by Go11Events.com)

The Mai-Kai's famous Polynesian Islander Revue was established in 1961. Owner Mireille Thornton was a dancer in the original show. (Atomic Grog photo).The Mai-Kai’s famous Polynesian Islander Revue was established in 1961. Owner Mireille Thornton was a dancer in the original show. (Atomic Grog photo).

The fire dance is always a crowd favorite. (Atomic Grog photo)The fire dance is always a crowd favorite. (Atomic Grog photo)

The exciting conclusion of the fire dance. The Mai-Kai's Polynesian Islander Revue is the longest-running authentic South Seas stage show in the United States, including Hawaii. (Atomic Grog photo)The exciting conclusion of the fire dance. The Mai-Kai’s Polynesian Islander Revue is the longest-running authentic South Seas stage show in the United States, including Hawaii. (Atomic Grog photo)

The Mai-Kai's Tahiti dining room is the perfect setting for exotic sounds of the Alika Lyman Group. (Atomic Grog photo)The Mai-Kai’s Tahiti dining room is the perfect setting for exotic sounds of the Alika Lyman Group. (Atomic Grog photo)

Hawaii's Alika Lyman, nephew of exotica legend Arthur Lyman, made his debut at The Hukilau in 2015. (Atomic Grog photo)Hawaii’s Alika Lyman, nephew of exotica legend Arthur Lyman, made his debut at The Hukilau in 2015. (Atomic Grog photo)
Video: Alika Lyman Group plays Arthur Lyman’s Taboo at The Mai-Kai (YouTube)

Instrumental surf band The Intoxicators from Tallahassee make their 11th straight appearance at The Hukilau. (Atomic Grog photo) Instrumental surf band The Intoxicators from Tallahassee make their 11th straight appearance at The Hukilau. (Atomic Grog photo)

Guitarist Gary Evans and The Intoxicators jam out during their traditional late-night set in the Tahiti dining room. (Atomic Grog photo) Guitarist Gary Evans and The Intoxicators jam out during their traditional late-night set in the Tahiti dining room. (Atomic Grog photo)

Symposium presenter Jeff Chenault (left) enjoys a cocktail with the Alika Lyman Group's Mark Riddle (aka Digitiki) in The Molokai lounge. (Atomic Grog photo) Symposium presenter Jeff Chenault (left) enjoys a cocktail with the Alika Lyman Group’s Mark Riddle (aka Digitiki) in The Molokai lounge. (Atomic Grog photo)

Surf guitarist Skinny Jimmy Stingray rocks The Molokai with bassist Chris and drummer Tom. (Atomic Grog photo) Surf guitarist Skinny Jimmy Stingray rocks The Molokai with bassist Chris and drummer Tom. (Atomic Grog photo)

Skinny Jimmy Stingray and his band play classic surf tunes plus choice originals. (Atomic Grog photo) Skinny Jimmy Stingray and his band play classic surf tunes plus choice originals. (Atomic Grog photo)

Official photos: Browse the Mai-Kai Main Event gallery from Go11 Events

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PHOTOS FROM SUNDAY, JUNE 13

Finale at The Mai-Kai

The final day started early with author Jeff Chenault's symposium on The Kahiki, the grand South Seas supper club in Columbus, Ohio, that rivaled The Mai-Kai in its spectacular design and decor during its 40-year run that ended in 2000. (Photos by The Tanabi Group and The Atomic Grog)The final day started early with author Jeff Chenault’s symposium on The Kahiki, the grand South Seas supper club in Columbus, Ohio, that rivaled The Mai-Kai in its spectacular design and decor during its 40-year run that ended in 2000. (Photos by The Tanabi Group and The Atomic Grog)

The Hukilau's dynamic duo: Co-organizer Sherill Gross (left) and producer Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White. (Atomic Grog photo) The Hukilau’s dynamic duo: Co-organizer Sherill Gross (left) and producer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White. (Atomic Grog photo)

Artist Dave "Basement Kahuna" Wolfe joins festival regulars Chanda Shaffer (left) and Beth Griffiths of Port St. Lucie for one last day of revelry in The Molokai. (Atomic Grog photo) Artist Dave “Basement Kahuna” Wolfe joins festival regulars Chanda Shaffer (left) and Beth Griffiths of Port St. Lucie for one last day of revelry in The Molokai. (Atomic Grog photo)

Skinny Jimmy Stingray wakes up the afternoon crowed with some sizzling surf guitar. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)Skinny Jimmy Stingray wakes up the afternoon crowed with some sizzling surf guitar. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)

Skinny Jimmy Stingray picks right up where he left off Saturday night, rocking the house with bassist Chris and drummer Tom. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)Skinny Jimmy Stingray picks right up where he left off Saturday night, rocking the house with bassist Chris and drummer Tom. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)

Wipe out! Skinny Jimmy Stingray on guitar and Tom on drums. (Atomic Grog photo) Wipe out! Skinny Jimmy Stingray on guitar and Tom on drums. (Atomic Grog photo)

Skinny Jimmy Stingray and his band make quite an impression on the Molokai Girls. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)Skinny Jimmy Stingray and his band made quite an impression on the Molokai Girls. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)

The Mai-Kai's Deep Sea Diver returns to its vintage glassware for the first time in 20 years, thanks to Beachbum Berry's Pearl Diver glass from Cocktail Kingdom. (Atomic Grog photo) The Mai-Kai’s Deep Sea Diver returns to its vintage glassware for the first time in 20 years, thanks to Beachbum Berry’s Pearl Diver glass from Cocktail Kingdom. (Atomic Grog photo)

In The Hukilau's waning hours, the Deep Sea Diver was the cocktail of choice as Beachbum Berry and friends celebrated the introduction of the vintage Cocktail Kingdom glassware.  (Atomic Grog photos) In The Hukilau’s waning hours, the Deep Sea Diver was the cocktail of choice as Beachbum Berry and friends celebrated the introduction of the vintage Cocktail Kingdom glassware. (Atomic Grog photos)

A toast to The Hukilau and a special birthday: Mai-Kai managing owner Dave Levy celebrates his 60th with friends and family including mom Mireille Thornton, who took over the restaurant from her late husband, co-founder Bob Thornton. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)A toast to The Hukilau and a special birthday: Mai-Kai managing owner Dave Levy celebrates his 60th with friends and family including mom Mireille Thornton, who took over the restaurant from her late husband, co-founder Bob Thornton. (Photo by The Tanabi Group)

Official photos: Browse the Sunday Finale gallery from Go11 Events

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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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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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