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The Hukilau 2011 Official Thread & Announcement!
JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-06-10 11:54 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-06-08 16:38, GatorRob wrote:
Ha! Tell us what you drank last night. Individually, they're not THAT strong really, but if you're into more than you can count on one hand then...


I started out with a Jet Pilot, then a Black Magic, and then a 151 Swizzle and then... ???. I think that in addition to the dehydration of the 6+ hour plane flight did me in (I went straight to the Mai Kai after landing on Tue night).

Also muchas mahalos to Andy (of Chip & Andy) and Swanky for their personal tours of the Mai Kai on Wed night. Your deep knowledge and love of the Mai Kai only furthered my Tiki appreciation for such a significant landmark.

The drunken Swanky tour was especially easy to follow as he spoke rea...lly slowly and repeated everything twice.


[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2011-06-10 11:59 ]


 
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TIKI-RAY
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From: Alta Loma, California
Posted: 2011-06-11 7:49 pm   Permalink

OMG! We have had the best time . Thanks to Tiki Killiki for a great event . And to John O for the personal tour of the Mai Kai , to Bonomo and Kari for the great video and pics. And to all the Tikiyaki Boys . Oh and to Marina for letting me jump in the show in my Creature costume . Too much fun folks . Pics to come .

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-06-11 9:20 pm   Permalink




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pablus
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Posted: 2011-06-12 2:37 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Tiki Kiliki.

You and Swanky done a good thing getting this event kicking 10 years ago and you've done it proud this year.
Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers. Especially Brian Crum and Hurricane Heyward. They were everywhere all of the time.

The best part is always the Mai Kai and this year was no exception. Lots of laughs with old friends and new friends. Lots of great cocktails. Music - even getting to listen to the Tahitian Mai Kai players do their traditional music last night - that was incredible.

The Rum dealio with Beachbum and martiki and the other venerable speakers was truly remarkable.
It could have lasted an extra hour and no one would have minded.
Very very good. I'm glad I got forced into going to it.

One other thing. The Cabana staff are as friendly as I've ever met. They must be well-managed or making scads of cash or something because they're all affable.

For real - if you ever get a chance to get into a conversation with Mr. Ho and Sabu and Kanekila and Jennifer, The Vintage Dress Model - bring your A-game. That's the hardest I've laughed in a few years and they seemed to be gasping as well.

151 Swizzle was the favorite of the week.

Rum mixology contest was rigged. I was robbed like an Ivy-Leaguer in East LA.

Well, maybe not - but it's already too late to stop some of the stuff I've set in motion for the judges when they get back home. Aloha THIS!

Nah, just kidding - it was fun. I'm confident enough in my ability to know that if you mix all the drinks according to recipe - you're going to love my riff on it for sure.

The music was really great. The Intoxicators flat out rock. Tikiyaki was great to listen to, especially in that environment. I regret not getting to see the Fishermen but the Molokai was so packed I couldn't take 3 steps in there.

The Mai Kai people were great. It was a madhouse in there for hours on end. Loads of work for them.

Kern - as always - you are a fantastic host. You are welcome in my house any time with open arms and lots of aloha.

ON TO NEW YORK!!!



 
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jokeiii
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From: Miami
Posted: 2011-06-12 2:54 pm   Permalink

This was my first year as a volunteer and Hukilauing is even more fun than as an attendee. Other than providing Shark Bites or Samoan Grogs every hour on the hour to volunteers, I wouldn't change a thing.

I gotta second that about The Intoxicators!

Also, Beachbum Berry & Martin Cate (as well as Ian Burrell & Stephen Remsberg & Wayne Curtis) and Jody Daily & Kevin Kidney were all remarkable fun to meet; affable, down-to-earth and they genuinely seemed to be having a blast themselves.

(Maybe next year Jody & Kevin might have a presentation of their own? Fingers crossed.)

Sign me up for next year!
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Trader Rick
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From: St Augustine Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-06-12 4:06 pm   Permalink

Another fantastic Hukilau. Thanks beyond words to Tiki Kiliki, all the volunteers and everyone else for making this event the finest of it's kind anywhere! I had a great time and so did my posse. We'll be back.
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2011-06-13 07:08 am   Permalink

What a wonderful Hukilau 2011 we had in Fort Lauderdale - truly the Venice of America! I'm looking forward to seeing pics. It sure was a great time.

 
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Kanekila
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From: Safety Harbor, FL
Posted: 2011-06-13 09:03 am   Permalink

Thanks to Tiki Kaliki and all the rest involved in producing this year's special edition 10th Anniversary of Hukilau. I most likely would not have been there had it not been for an email in January from Jim Bacchi of the Tikiyaki Orchestra asking if I would be available to join them as an honorary member on steel guitar. I had gigs, but it was far enough out that, thankfully, I could find a sub.

Thank you Pablus for riding down and back with me, for letting me crash your room with all my stuff and for introducing me to the 151 Swizzle, the Mutiny and Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine. You were not kidding -- Best Cuban sandwich. Ever. Oh, and for solving all the planet's problems in one four hour car ride back.

Playing with Tikiyaki Orchestra was a special treat. You are all pros and it shows! In spite of some of the logistical complications and tech issues we had, in the end, the music was sublime and it was an honor to play with you. Thanks again to Jim for asking me to join you boys for the festivities!

I didn't get to hear a lot of the musical acts as much as I wanted, but I have to say, one of my favorite sets was The Exotics in the Molokai lounge. Don and those boys have a truly vintage thing going on there. Can't wait to make it back up to The Foundation Bar in Milwaukee again. Folks, if you're in that area, you gotta check it out!

Mahalo again to all,
kanekila



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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-06-13 09:26 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-06-10 11:54, JOHN-O wrote:
Quote:

On 2011-06-08 16:38, GatorRob wrote:
Ha! Tell us what you drank last night. Individually, they're not THAT strong really, but if you're into more than you can count on one hand then...


I started out with a Jet Pilot, then a Black Magic, and then a 151 Swizzle and then... ???. I think that in addition to the dehydration of the 6+ hour plane flight did me in (I went straight to the Mai Kai after landing on Tue night).

Also muchas mahalos to Andy (of Chip & Andy) and Swanky for their personal tours of the Mai Kai on Wed night. Your deep knowledge and love of the Mai Kai only furthered my Tiki appreciation for such a significant landmark.

The drunken Swanky tour was especially easy to follow as he spoke rea...lly slowly and repeated everything twice.


[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2011-06-10 11:59 ]


Yeah, Wed did me in! 6 years of no Hukilau hang-overs ruined by a free Mystery Drink. Ugg! Glad I made sense at least! (I did make sense right?)
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Vintage Roadside
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2011-06-13 11:14 am   Permalink

Wow! It was our first time out to the Hukilau and we had such a great time!

Huge thanks to Christie and all the staff & volunteers that worked so hard to ensure that all anyone had to do was show up and have a great time. Also thanks to those of you that came to our Aquarama presentation - you guys absolutely packed that room. We've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to show that 1965 Mai-Kai footage More thanks to our friend Marina for once again being a part of our symposium, and for shuttling us to the Mai-Kai. And to everyone we finally had a chance to meet for the first time thanks for making us feel so welcome! Looking forward to next year all ready!

Jeff & Kelly


 
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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2011-06-13 2:59 pm   Permalink

Total blast !

Hukilau 10 was killer : The bands,the weather, the Mermaids, the Mai Kai....did I mention the Mai Kai ? It's Mecca, and nothing comes close to it.

Huge Thanx Christie for bringing the band out again for the 10th anniversary of Hukilau, it was an honor and the band had a blast....3 days of total exhaustion !

Kanekila, thanx so much for joining us again....now, you know, the only way out now is in a box ! Folks, he did a killer job on no rehearsal...just awesome.

Marina...what can I say ? It's always an honoring having you perform with us, and as usual, you were top notch....Getting to make a cameo during the mermaid show was the icing on the cake....man, I have to work on holding my breath.

Huge thanx to Brian Crum (TikiGoob) and The Intoxicators, for lending us their gear, guitars and all (now I KNOW I need a Jazzmaster) and Louie for lending us the rest....I know, it's a tall order providing gear for this band, and it's mucho appreciated.

Mr Ho, thanx for lending us jumping in on percussion at the Mai Kai, it certainly made my job easier.

Thanx also to everyone who told us they trekked down to Hukilau from all over especially to see us, it's an honor to hear that, and I hoped we delivered, and that you'll excuse some of the technical malfunctions we had.

I'll agree with Kanekila that The Exotics were just KILLER....their set at the Molokai bar was amazing, and will add that the Intoxicators, once again, ripped my head off...STELLAR !

It was great having some home town peeps with us...Tiki Ray and Cindy (thanx for helping with the merch!) , Chris B, John-O, Congawa,.....glad you guys were all there to hang with us

Denny,I hope you find your uke !

On a final note, I'd like to add that the Mai Kai special is my new favorite drink,and those Tahitian Cheese Tang appetizers were sinfully addicting.

TIL' NEXT TIME....ALOHA, BABY !




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Vintage Roadside
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Posted: 2011-06-13 3:11 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-13 14:59, tikiyaki wrote:
Getting to make a cameo during the mermaid show was the icing on the cake....man, I have to work on holding my breath.



Favorite thing overheard at the Wreck Bar Friday night from the 10 year-old girl behind us:

"Mom, why did that pilot fall in the pool? I hope the mermaids help him get out."

It was one of the highlights of our trip!


 
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congawa
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-06-13 3:26 pm   Permalink

I flew home late last night (on Tikiyaki Airways, as it turned out) and I'm back at work today and running on fumes (but fortunately, they're Mai Kai Jet Pilot fumes!). However, with what coherence I have I want to express what a total blast I had at my first Hukilau. Yes, my first four trips to the Mai Kai (parts of Thurs, Fri, Sun, and most of Sat) played a huge role in that, but it was every other aspect as well, and most importantly the friendliness of the Hukilau Ohana in making a first-timer feel at home! Major kudos to Christie, the staff and volunteers for making things run smoothly, like a fine falernum and allspice dram-lubricated machine!

Caltiki Brent

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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2011-06-13 3:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-06-13 15:11, Vintage Roadside wrote:
Quote:

On 2011-06-13 14:59, tikiyaki wrote:
Getting to make a cameo during the mermaid show was the icing on the cake....man, I have to work on holding my breath.



Favorite thing overheard at the Wreck Bar Friday night from the 10 year-old girl behind us:

"Mom, why did that pilot fall in the pool? I hope the mermaids help him get out."

It was one of the highlights of our trip!



"Dear, he was drunk...."
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Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid!
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Posted: 2011-06-14 10:02 am   Permalink

A show just isn't a show without a special guest star or two...



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