The Hukilau 2017: Daily recap, news and photos

The Hukilau: June 7-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.
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Wednesday, June 7
* 8 p.m. – Pre-Party in The Molokai Bar at The Mai-Kai featuring DJ James Brown’s Sweat.
* 10:30 p.m. – MeduSirena’s After Dark Burlesque Swim Review at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort.

Thursday, June 8
All events at Pier 66 unless noted

* 2 p.m. – MeduSirena’s South Seas Swimshow at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort.
* 3:30-4:30 p.m. – First Timers Welcome Reception.

* 4-7 p.m. – Tiki Tower Takeover in the Pier Top Lounge. Enjoy special cocktails crafted by four world-class bars.

* 5:30-10 p.m. – Kickoff Party and Tiki Treasures Bazaar Grand Opening in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Be the first to see all the vendors while you sample rum and cocktails. Live performance by The Mermers.
* 8:30 p.m. – Dive-In Movie: Blue Hawaii on the Royal Palm Lawn.
* 10 p.m.-1 a.m. – Blue Hawaii Party in the Panorama Ballroom featuring DJ James Brown’s Sweat.

* 10 p.m. – The Rat Pack an the Saturn Lounge. Go back in time as the Pier Top Lounge is transformed into a mid-century cocktail party where you can sip Martinis, take in the view, and be entertained by Frank, Dean, and Sammy.

Friday, June 9
All events at Pier 66
* 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Tiki Treasures Bazaar in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Shop and mingle with the dozens of vendors selling their wares, plus sample rums and cocktails in bars hosted by sponsors. Music by Lounge Laura Taylor.
* 10-11:30 a.m. – Craft class: Weave Your Own Palm Hat with Tom Fowner.

* 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy. Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home.Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home.
* 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Rum Island Pool Party. Enjoy cocktails from special guest bars from across the United States. Music by DJ James Brown’s Sweat.

* Noon-4 p.m. – Classes: Learn to dance the hula and play the ukulele.
* Noon-1:30 p.m. – Symposium: The Mai-Kai’s Untold Stories with Tim “Swanky” Glazner.

* 2-3:30 p.m. – Symposium: The History of Rum in 10 Cocktails with Ian Burrell.

* 4-5:30 p.m. – Symposium: Black Velvet in Paradise with Ron Ferrell.
* 5:30 p.m. – Book and autograph signing in the Tiki Treasures Bazaar featuring Tiki Tony, Tim “Swanky” Glazner, MeduSirena, plus bands such as The Surfrajettes.

* 8 p.m. – High Tide Party featuring live music from The Surfrajettes, The Hula Girls, The Mermers, Stolen Idols, Slip and the Spinouts. Burlesque by Angie Pontani, Lila Starlet and Jayne Champagne. Plus six pop-up bars.

Saturday, June 10
* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Tiki Treasures Bazaar in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Shop and mingle with the dozens of vendors selling their wares, plus sample rums and cocktails in bars hosted by sponsors. Music by DJ Lounge Laura Taylor.
* 10-11 a.m. – Craft class: Carve Your Own Pendant with Will Anders.

* 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy. Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home.

* 12:30 p.m. – High End Rum Tasting with Ian Burrell.

Main Event at The Mai-Kai
* 4:30 p.m. – First happy hour, The Mermers perform in The Molokai.
* 5 p.m. – Seating for first dinner show.

* 5:30 p.m. – The Surfrajettes perform in The Molokai.

* 6:45 p.m. – Announcements and first dinner show.

* 7 p.m. – Second happy hour, The Surfrajettes perform in The Molokai.

* 8:30 p.m. – Stolen Idols perform in Tahiti dining room.
* 9 p.m. – Seating for second dinner show.
* 6:45 p.m. – Announcements and second dinner show.

* 10:30 p.m. –The Hula Girls perform in the Tahiti dining room.
* 11 p.m. – Skinny Jimmy Stingray performs in The Molokai.

Sunday, June 11
* Noon to 4 p.m. – The Hukilau Finale at The Mai-Kai featuring three special “lost cocktails” plus appetizers in The Molokai bar and live music by Skinny Jimmy Stingray.

* 1:30 p.m. – “The Menus of The Mai-Kai: 60 Years of Tiki Cocktail History,” a special presentation in the main dining room by Jim “Hurricane” Hayward on the history of The Mai-Kai’s cocktail menus and their evolution over time.

Press coverage
The Hukilau offers unique insight into the latest Tiki cocktail trends (Miami New Times)

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Past coverage from The Atomic Grog

The Hukilau 2016
Day 1: Pre-Party at The Mai-Kai, The Wreck Bar mermaid show
Day 2: Savage Jungle Swimshow, Tiki Tower Takeover, Kickoff Party and Tiki Treasures Bazaar, Shag’s SkyLounge, After Party at Kreepy Tiki

The Hukilau 2015
* Tiki’s top barmen take over the Pier 66 tower
* The Hukilau soars at mid-century marvel Pier 66 hotel
* Day-by-day recaps and photos: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday/Sunday

The Hukilau 2014
* Following ‘magical’ 2014, Tiki Kiliki has big plans for The Hukilau in 2015 and beyond
* The Hukilau offers a deep dive into the history of porthole cocktail lounges

The Hukilau 2013
* A Tiki Top 10: Photos and memories from The Hukilau

The Hukilau 2012
* Hukilau rewind: A whirlwind weekend of tropical delights

The Hukilau 2011
* ‘Rum Rat Pack’ starts a revolution at Hukilau 2011
* The Hukilau crowns a Rum Barrel Master Mixologist
* Bands provide an eclectic, exotic soundtrack to Hukilau 2011

The Hukilau 2010
* Opening party reached a new level of overindulgence

The Hukilau 2009
* Los Straitjackets highlight a rockin’ 2009 Hukilau

More Hukilau history
* Tiki Kiliki’s memories | Video: The first 14 years

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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