November 2016 update
Lots of leftover merchandise – including mugs, glasses, pendants, and swizzle sticks – will go on sale in January when the The Hukilau’s new website launches. Co-creator, co-founder, producer and organizer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White posted photos of the leftover merch on The Hukilau’s Facebook group on Nov. 23, offering to add anyone who’s interested to a waiting list. But you need to act fast. “Some of these are in extremely limited quantities,” she wrote.
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Original post, June 2016
If you missed The Hukilau earlier this month, or somehow didn’t grab all the official merchandise by artists such as Shag and Eekum Bookum, now’s your chance to snag some collectible souvenirs.
Mugs, prints, glassware, swizzle sticks, plus beach and bar towels are all on sale now while supplies last. Many items are expected to sell out fast, so don’t delay. Keep an eye on the merchandise page on the official website for updates.
The Hukilau has also announced the dates for the 16th annual event, returning to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale: June 7-11, 2017.
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In the meantime, you can outfit your home Tiki bar with all this cool custom merch:
Official Tiki Mug: Created by John Mulder and Eekum Bookum, the 2016 mug is based on a historic tiki in The Mai-Kai’s indoor garden (see 2016 photo) that used to live in the outdoor gardens (see vintage photo). Limited to 350 mugs, there were 115 remaining for online sales at $75 each.
Shag/Mai-Kai Lithograph: A limited-edition print with The Hukilau’s logo and artwork of The Mai-Kai’s iconic Mystery Girl created by Shag over a vintage photo of the restaurant. The acclaimed artist was a special guest at The Hukilau, hosting events such as Shag’s SkyLounge and the symposium “I Learned My ABC’s in Waikiki”. Of the 250 printed, 100 remained for online sales at $25 each.
Zombie Glass: Featuring artwork by Shag of masks found in The Mai-Kai gardens, these custom glasses are well-suited for your favorite Zombie recipe, or any similarly deadly cocktail you serve up to guests in your bar. For long lasting results, do not place in the dishwasher. A set of two glasses is $30, while a set of four is $60.
Double Old Fashioned Glass: Featuring artwork by Shag of tapa whales, these custom glasses will make your Mai Tai the talk of the town. For long lasting results, do not place in the dishwasher. A set of two glasses is $30, while a set of four is $60. [See photo]
Shag Swizzle: Designed by Shag and manufactured by Royer Corp., the world’s leading producer of custom-designed swizzle sticks. The Hukilau logo appears on one side and Shag’s logo on the other. A set of 10 is just $4. [See photo]
Shag Beach Towel: You’ll be the envy of beachgoers everywhere with this eye-popping towel featuring artwork by Shag that pays tribute to tikis and a shrunken head found at The Mai-Kai. They measure a hefty 30 by 60 inches. Only 32 were left to be sold online at $35. [See photo]
Shag Bar Towel: A durable yet stylish accessory to your Tiki bar, this functional artistic statement is perfect for keeping your workspace tidy. Featuring Shag’s tapa whales, these towels measure 15 by 17 inches. Only 30 were left to be sold online at $15.
Note: All merchandise above will ship the week of July 24. Prices listed do not include shipping.
* See more photos in our preview story on all the merchandise
* 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
* 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
* 1/2 ounce mango puree
* 1/2 ounce Latitude 29 Formula Orgeat
* 1 teaspoon Don’s Spices #4 (aka cinnamon simple syrup)
* 1/2 ounce blue curacao
* 2 ounces Rhum Barbancourt White
Shake with ice cubes and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
Rich and full of complex, sweet and exotic flavors offset nicely by the pungent Barbancourt White. Pineapple and curacao hit the palate first, followed quickly by a burst of orgeat, cinnamon and mango notes. This is one of the four distinctive cocktails featuring sponsor Rhum Barbancourt that Capt. Brian Miller and his motley crew of Tiki pirates presented at The Hukilau’s Friday night party. You couldn’t miss the day-glo green drinks making the rounds in the Panorama Ballroom as the New York City bartenders mixed up Haitian rhum drinks to accompany Southern-style Polynesian pu-pu platters by a down-home Atlanta chef (Jim Stacy) as retro-meets-modern exotica sounds born in mid-century Hawaii and refined in Southern California (by Tikiyaki Orchestra) washed over the crowd. It was an eclectic, one-of-a-kind experience only The Hukilau could deliver.
Related recipes on The Atomic Grog
* The Mai-Kai’s Spicy Hula Girl featuring Barbancourt 3 Star
* Brian Miller’s Haitian Frolic featuring Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star
* Beachbum Berry’s Tahitian featuring Barbancourt 3 Star
* The Mai-Kai’s 1862 Rhum Punch featuring Barbancourt 5 Star
* TheHukilau.com: See more Rhum Barbancourt and spirits sponsor recipes
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