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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
PremEx
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Posted: 2016-10-07 12:45 pm   Permalink

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Posted: 2016-10-27 10:34 pm   Permalink

There's a new Facebook group dedicated to the appreciation of The Mai-Kai, perfect for sharing photos, stories and keeping up with all the news:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaiKaiFriends/



If you're on Facebook, please join us. We already have 350+ members on he first day!

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Posted: 2016-10-30 11:37 pm   Permalink

Hulaween 2016, the eighth annual Halloween party, was a another big success. Here are a few choice photos ...


The Molokai bar was all decked out for the partygoers.


The Molokai Maidens got into the spirit of the event.


Slip and the Spinouts performed in the suitably spooky Molokai bar.


An Evil Minnie (The Mai-Kai's Pia Dahlquist) meets Don the Beachcomber's acquaintance.


The Mai-Kai Snowglobe placed third in the costume contest.


Accepting a bottle of 12-year-old rum from Charlie Kleinicke of Appleton, the first-place winners (Mai Tai and a Bottle of Rum) also took home $300 cash and a $50 Mai-Kai gift certificate.

Check out the full recap and photos on The Atomic Grog:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/10/30/photos-a-hauntingly-good-time-at-historic-mai-kais-8th-annual-hulaween-party/

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Posted: 2016-11-20 11:09 am   Permalink

A few more "lost cocktail" reviews and recipes that have some great old history attached to them ...

Hanalei Bay

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/11/20/lost-cocktails-of-the-mai-kai-take-a-trip-back-to-hanalei-bay-where-zombies-lurk/

Dr. Fong

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2013/02/03/lost-cocktails-of-the-mai-kai-the-late-dr-fong-has-a-funky-and-famous-history/

Also, plans for the 60th anniversary party on Dec. 28 are coming together. Here's the latest on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1246773212034840/


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Posted: 2016-12-01 7:55 pm   Permalink







SPECIAL EVENT: The Mai-Kai’s 60th Anniversary Symposia Series & Customer Celebration Party – Wednesday, Dec. 28. Featuring presentations by authors Sven Kirsten and Tim "Swanky" Glazner brought to you by Tiki Kiliki Productions. Plus enjoy dinner shows, live music, and food and drink specials all night. Doors open at 1:30, symposia begin at 2, happy hour at 3:30, signings at 4, live music at 6, dinner shows at 7 and 9:30 (not included in ticket for symposiums! Call The Mai-Kai to make your reservation).

You must buy a ticket to attend the symposia. Available now at
http://TikiKiliki.com/ and at The Mai-Kai. For dinner reservations, call (954) 563-3272.

Full event preview from The Atomic Grog: http://wp.me/p1xHjT-3z4
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Posted: 2016-12-02 03:21 am   Permalink

Wish I could make it to this event. It sounds like a great time.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-12-15 09:35 am   Permalink

In a special ceremony on Dec. 13, the Broward County Commission declared Dec. 28th to be "Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show Day" in the county. The owners, management and performers attended the signing of the proclamation at the commission chambers in Fort Lauderdale ....



"Be it proclaimed by the board of county commissioners of Broward County, Florida: That the Board hereby designates Wednesday December 28, 2016 as "MAI-KAI RESTAURANT AND POLYNESIAN SHOW DAY" in Broward County, offers its gratitude for 60 years of historical hospitality."



Watch the video (fast forward to the 4:00:00 mark)
http://broward.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=2827

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Posted: 26 days ago; 10:25 am   Permalink

The special presentations on Dec. 28 are sold out. To get on the waiting list in the event of a cancellation, email pia@maikai.com.

If you miss out, you can still attend the book signing afterward in The Molokai. Early happy hour starts at 3:30. Mele Kalikimaka!


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 4 days ago; 11:32 pm   Permalink

Fort Lauderdale's historic Polynesian restaurant turned 60 on Dec. 28 with special presentations by authors Sven Kirsten and Tim "Swanky" Glazner, its famous dinner shows, live music, plus food and drink specials all night. Photos by TheAtomicGrog.com ...


The line forms early with doors opening at 1:30 p.m.

Guests are greeted by holiday decorations ...


... and an uncluttered view of the beautiful dining rooms.


Tahiti features several paintings of owner Mireille Thornton, a native of that island. This black velvet ...



... plus this painting above a comfy corner table.


A famous portrait of original owner Bob Thornton with his silver 25th anniversary Rum Barrel greets arrivals in the garden dining area for the special presentations.


Also on display, Broward County's proclamation declaring Dec. 28 to be "Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show Day."


Founding owners Bob and Jack Thornton hold a prominent position on stage.


Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White, who produced the special Symposia Series for the 60th anniversary, introduces author Sven Kirsten ("The Book of Tiki," "Tiki Pop").


Sven Kirsten discusses the infamous "cannibal trio" of Tahitian carvings that can be found in many mid-century Tiki establishments, tracing The Mai-Kai's signature logos back to Tiki bar pioneer Don the Beachcomber.


Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog introduces the next speaker, Tim "Swanky" Glazner.


Swanky, author of "Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant," takes a look back at the early years of the restaurant.


After the symposia, the line stretched out the door of the gift shop as the authors signed books and greeted guests.


The Molokai opens early for an extended happy hour ...


... featuring the music of Rose Marie ...


... along with lost cocktails from the 1956 menu.


Tiki Kiliki greets special guests ...


... while owner Mireille Thornton welcomes a former Mai-Kai dancer, Lehua Nani.


The symposia participants gather for the first dinner show.


Please welcome to the stage, The Mai-Kai's Polynesian Islander Revue ...


... the longest-running authentic South Seas stage show in the United States, including Hawaii.


This evening marked the official debut of the 2017 version of the Revue.


Diners in the front row have a perfect view of the show.


The Polynesian Islander Revue is based on the authentic dances of the Polynesian islands.


The new costumes are spectacular.


The performers do up to three shows a night during peak season.


One of the most spectacular parts of the show is the traditional Samoan fire knife dance.


You have to hand it to these performers. ...


... They know how to entertain the audience. ...


... And their skills at twirling the fire knife ...


... are always among the elite in their field ...


... and the routines are impeccably performed.


The torches are lit for the fire-dance finale ...


... which gives new meaning to the term "hot foot!"


While this impressive routine ...


... is truly a spectacular maneuver performed ...


... by the seat of their pants!


The wahines return for the finale ...


... to join the kanes in their colorful new costumes.


The show wraps up in a whirlwind of dance and colors from the South Seas islands.


In honor of the anniversary, the Islanders then welcome a former member of their ranks: Viriamu, a master drummer from Tahiti.


Viriamu, who performed on The Mai-Kai stage for years, dedicates a special tribute to The Mai-Kai. His son, Kasai, is the lead male dancer in the current Polynesian Islander Revue. Kasai's wife, Hokulani, also dances in the show.


As the evening winds down, surf guitarist Skinny Jimmy Stingray and Hurricane Hayward join the many guests admiring the newly installed Tiki.


Hiroa Nui, a traditional Tahitian carving by Fort Lauderdale artist Will Anders, joins the exotic outdoor garden as its newest icon and photo op.

More photos and the full story on Hiroa Nui on The Atomic Grog:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/12/28/new-giant-carved-tiki-added-to-the-mai-kais-outdoor-garden-in-time-for-60th-anniversary/

More photos and details on the lost cocktails on the Okole Maluna Society thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=47293&forum=10&start=255

Gallery of 75 photos from Miami New Times:
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/slideshow/mai-kai-celebrates-60-years-with-a-polynesian-celebration-9025293

Story and video from WSVN, Channel 7:
http://wsvn.com/entertainment/mai-kai-restaurant-celebrates-60-years-of-business/

Facebook gallery from Weekend Broward:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/WeekendBroward/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1322692921085572

Be sure to join us on the Friends of The Mai-Kai group on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaiKaiFriends/

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aquarj
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Posted: 2 days ago; 6:12 pm   Permalink

Outstanding presentation, thank you for sharing!
-Randy


 
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