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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
Matt Helm
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Joined: Jan 24, 2008
Posts: 30
Posted: 2012-01-09 09:10 am   Permalink

Had my second Mai-Kai experience last night - one of the advantages of living in Miami the last few years... always a great time from the bar to the dinner and the show. Truly amazing (and comforting) to think that after 55+ years they are selling out on a regular basis. The staff / service was excellent and the food was great. A few zombies and a stroll through the gardens and all was right with the world...

 
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tikifred
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Joined: Dec 20, 2009
Posts: 64
Posted: 2012-01-17 4:24 pm   Permalink

Matt, I had my third Mai Kai visit last Thursday. Awesome as always, and this time I dragged the other half with me. We had the Mai Tais, beef skewer things, and steamed fish and curry chicken. Actually the food was even better than I remember from the last visit. The floor show is always fun and I spent extra time wandering through the gardens and waterfalls afterwards. Here's a picture of us feeling very tiki-rific. Oh, everybody- check out the Mai Kai shirts in the gift shop- the woman at the register said they only have so many of them because they are running out of fabric to make them. I'll post a picture but I think they're a must for TC-ers, as the print has "Mai Kai" in there along with the traditional Tiki designs.


 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 675
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-09-16 08:35 am   Permalink

Here are some great Mai-Kai ads by artist/illustrator/designer Al Kocab from the early 1960s...

Fort Lauderdale News November 11, 1960



Gold Coast Sun Spots April 23, 1961



Fort Lauderdale News December 7, 1962



-Tom


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11153
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-09-16 11:47 pm   Permalink

Ha, that "dish" joke is classic! Thanks, Tom.

 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 675
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-10-14 6:09 pm   Permalink

Here is a vintage photo of the Mai-Kai under construction, scanned from an original loaned to me by Toti Terorotua...




I haven't yet attempted any restoration of this, except for fade correction.

-Tom


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-10-14 9:43 pm   Permalink

That is indeed "vintage". I like it just like it is

 
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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 604
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2012-10-16 5:39 pm   Permalink

Nice find!

 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-10-19 2:44 pm   Permalink

Here’s Toti, the driver, with Pasefika standing alongside the Mai-Kai mobile. Photo courtesy of Toti Terorotua…




-Tom


 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-10-31 5:12 pm   Permalink

Photo of Mariano Licudine, Mai-Kai master mixologist, from a vintage entertainment weekly...

Gold Coast Sun Spots April 23-29, 1961



-Tom


 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-11-01 3:06 pm   Permalink

Featured in the same vintage entertainment weekly as above is one of the saronged Mai-Kai serving girls in a bikini...

Gold Coast Sun Spots April 23-29, 1961





-Tom


 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 675
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-11-02 04:49 am   Permalink

For those who noticed the "U.S. OBSERVER" symbol in the photo above and were the least bit curious of its significance, I offer this...

Gold Coast Sun Spots April 23-29, 1961



-Tom


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11153
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-11-02 11:40 am   Permalink

Sign me up now!

Great find, Tom. Now we gotta find more stuff on this, love the logo!


 
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thejab
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2986
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2012-11-15 5:09 pm   Permalink

Nice postcard!


Mai Kai Entrance Fort Lauderdale FL by hmdavid, on Flickr


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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 413
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2013-04-08 11:54 am   Permalink

The local paper did a video about the Mai Kai. It's not mentioned in the video, but it was his first visit:

http://www.floridatoday.com/VideoNetwork/2285544574001/Polynesian-paradise-just-a-short-drive-away



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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 675
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2013-04-15 03:12 am   Permalink

Here's an Al Kocab-drawn ad for the Mai-Kai, appearing in the Fort Lauderdale News circa 1963...



Swanky observes that the Fiji Room no longer exists as such.

-Tom


 
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