The Year in Tiki 2018: Recap all the top events with photos and video

The Tiki Times

In 2018, The Atomic Grog consolidated previous news and events coverage into a comprehensive 12-month calendar that offers dates, links and previews of all the major Tiki and rum events, plus a touch of modernism, surf music, Disney and other happenings of interest to the Tiki community. Below, you can still find the official artwork and links to the official sites. Following the events, the calendar was updated to include images and videos culled from social media, along with some of our own photos and relevant press coverage. We’ve archived this full year of coverage for posterity.
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Feb. 15-25 – Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif.

Feb. 23 – Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach.

Feb. 24 – Inuhele: Atlanta Tiki Homebar Tour. Atlanta Tiki Home Bar Tour

Feb. 24-25 – Polynesian Cultural Festival in Oakland Park, Fla.

March 4 – Adventureland Day at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

March 31 – Bamboo on The Bayou’s Bamboo Bash in Houston.

April 7 – Magical Tiki Meet Up at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Magical Tiki Meet Up

April 7-8 – Rhum Fest Paris.

April 14 – Chicago Rum Festival.

April 19-22 – Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend.

May 17-20 – Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs, Calif. Tiki Caliente

May 20-22 – Dallas Tiki Week in Texas.

May 27-28 – St. Croix Rum Festival in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

May 28-31 – International Rum Conference in Madrid, Spain.

June 2 – Rum Festival Amsterdam.

June 6-10 – The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale.

The Hukilau 2018

The Hukilau 2018 photos by The Atomic Grog Atomig Grog recap: Images from the whirlwind Tiki weekend in Fort Lauderdale
Full Atomic Grog coverage

Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai

How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai: Tips and techniques from Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog for turning your home bar into a Tiki cocktail paradise. Check out highlights from the sold-out class at The Hukilau 2018.
Photo galleries: Facebook | Flickr

Ian Burrell and Ed Hamilton at The Hukilau 2018 More photos: Hukilau Mike on Flickr | The Hukilau Facebook page

June 9-10 – Rum Renaissance Festival in Fort Lauderdale. [Atomic Grog past coverage]
Rob’s Rum Guide: 2018 RumXP and Consumer Rum Jury award winners

Rum Renaissance Festival 2018 Flickr galleries: Browse all of the official photos
Facebook page: More 2018 rum fest coverage

June 21-24 – Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Livorno, Italy.

June 28-July 1 – Ohana: Luau At The Lake at The Tiki Resort, Lake George, N.Y. Ohana: Luau At The Lake

July 13-15 – Tiki Kon in Portland, Ore. Tiki Kon

July 14 – Tiki Night 2018 – Bosko and Rolly at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

July 17-22 – Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, La.
Spirited Awards: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces winners
* Congratulations to the Spirited Awards regional Top 10 lists
Coverage: A very rummy Tales of the Cocktail 2018
* Spirited Travel: The rise of rum at Tales of the Cocktail

Aug. 3-5 – Surf Guitar 101 Convention in Torrance, Calif. Surf Guitar 101 Convention Coverage: Catching the wave – and some tasty guitar solos – at a surf music convention

Aug. 8-12 – Tiki Oasis in San Diego, Calif. Tiki Oasis 2018

Aug. 11 – The Hula Hop in Columbus, Ohio.

Aug. 17-19 – Asbury Park Surf Music Festival on the New Jersey shore. Asbury Park Surf Music Festival

Aug. 18 – Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival in Hawaii.
Coverage: Bar Leather Apron’s Justin Park wins World’s Best Mai Tai title for third time
* World’s Best Mai Tai revealed at the Royal Kona Resort

Aug. 18 – Exotica Moderne Launch Party at the Tonga Hut in Los Angeles.

Aug. 19 – The Tiki Throw Down at the New York Cocktail Expo in Queens.

Aug. 27 – Tiki Throwdown: Robot Uprising at 320 Main in Seal Beach, Calif. Tiki Throwdown: Robot Uprising

Sept. 7-8 – Huka Pele Tiki Weekender in Las Vegas. Huka Pele Tiki Weekender

Sept. 8 – California Rum Festival in San Francisco.
Coverage: California Rum Festival 2018 in pictures
The California Rum Festival and the ultimate San Francisco Tiki bar weekend

Sept. 8 – Tiki Island Expo and Escape To Tiki Island in Santa Ana, Calif. Escape To Tiki Island Photos: Tiki Island Expo at Original Mike’s

Sept 10-16 – Texas Tiki Week in Austin.

Sept. 14-15 – Southern Surf StompFest in Atlanta. Southern Surf StompFest

Sept. 15 – Makahiki: A Night of Tiki in Indianapolis, Ind. Makahiki: A Night of Tiki

Sept. 29-30 – 13th annual Parking Lot Sale at Forbidden Island in Alameda, Calif.
13th annual Parking Lot Sale at Forbidden Island

Sept 29 – New York Rum Festival in New York City.

Sept. 30 – Tiki Day at Disneyland.

Oct. 13-14 – German Rum Festival in Berlin.

Oct. 15-21 – London Rum Week in the UK.

Oct. 18-21 – Barbados Food and Rum Festival.

Oct. 18-21 – Circa Caliente in Palm Springs. Circa Caliente

Oct. 18-21 – Modernism Week Fall Preview in Palm Springs, Calif.

Oct. 20 – Malihini Tiki Festival in Kansas City. Malihini Tiki Festival

Oct. 20 – The Original Tiki Market Place Octikifest Celebration in Garden Grove, Calif.

Oct. 20-21 – The UK RumFest in London.

Oct. 26 – Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead – 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead - 10th Anniversary Reunion Atomic Grog preview: The Mai-Kai is digging up old friends for 10th annual Hulaween Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead - 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Mai-Kai
Photos: Facebook gallery from The Mai-Kai

Oct. 28 – Monsters and Mai Tais VII Halloween art show and parking lot sale at at the Tonga Hut in Los Angeles. Monsters and Mai Tais VII at Tonga Hut

Oct. 31 – Shipwrecked Mahaloween Party at The Polynesian in New York City. Shipwrecked Mahaloween Party

Nov. 18 – 60th Birthday Party & Mug Release at Tonga Hut in Los Angeles. Tonga Hut 60th Birthday Party & Mug Release

Nov. 19-30 – Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale.

Nov. 24-27 – KonTiki Lima Tiki Fest in Peru. KonTiki Lima Tiki Fest

Dec. 2 – Trader Santa’s TikiLand Trading Co. Marketplace in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Dec. 8 – The Original Tiki Market Place Happy Hula Days Show in Garden Grove, Calif.

Dec. 28 – The Mai-Kai 62nd Anniversary Party in Fort Lauderdale.

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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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