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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-03-23 5:29 pm   Permalink

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As for how LED lights look, it's all about color temperature and filtering. Start with warm color temperature of 2700K or lower. If your LEDs can't produce that, then color filters or stable liquid coatings applied directly on the emitters is the big secret. Very good point though - LEDs can suck. There is a difference between a simple installation and a correctly designed installation.



My first reaction after talking to the guy doing the work is that he knows what he's doing, so I would encourage everyone to go see for themselves. One of the ways he got the most authentic look, he said, was to use different paint colors on the bulbs. Ace, I assume this is what you meant by "liquid coatings applied directly on the emitters."

Swanky: I think that the issue of having to use those fluorescent lights was one of the driving factors in getting this project done quickly.

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tiki_kiliki
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Posted: 2016-03-26 1:07 pm   Permalink

The LED lights look fantastic and do not give off what everyone is used to. I was very concerned when I heard about it. When I saw the outcome I was so pleased!!!! They have replaced most of the bulbs in the A-Frame and it looks wonderful. Those of you coming to The Hukilau will love it!
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-03-26 3:36 pm   Permalink

"The LED lights look fantastic"

That is great news.
And the LED bulbs I was talking about was the off the shelf here ya go type.
Did not even know they painted them.
Do know that the C7s are not so good.
I do know that the Mai Kai uses bigger bulbs.

Going to be interesting to see how much longer they last.
Being a skeptic new energy saving stuff can be not so great, like low flow toilets.

And remember how coconut oil was so deadly.

Great to have them lit by Hukilau.
Wish we were going to be there.
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Thortiki
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Posted: 2016-03-27 06:15 am   Permalink

Could someone post some photos whenever possible showing the new lighting (-:

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-04-03 1:54 pm   Permalink

I did a thorough walk-through last night and talked to general manager Kern Mattei. The intallation of LEDs in all the dinning rooms is now complete, he said.

Please forgive my old, cheap point-and-shoot. A new camera is on my wish list. Also, I wish I had some recent "before" photos to compare. Maybe someone out there does. I'm usually preoccupied taking these kinds of photos:



First, a few shots of The Molokai ...







I ran into Kern out in the Garden (the main dining area in front of the stage). He confirmed that since they installed all the new lighting, they're no longer using the white house lights in the showroom. During the walk-through, I didn't see any white fluorescent lights in any of the front dining areas (the Garden, New Guinea, Hawaii, Moorea, Tonga). Here's a shot looking toward the left of the stage ...



Kern mentioned that the old bulbs were a huge pain to replace, especially in the upper reaches of the A-frame. They would have to wait until a bunch of them burned out before they went to the trouble of getting out the huge ladders to replace them. They're hoping for a much longer lifespan with the LEDs. Here's a shot from the center of the Garden ...



The installation of the new lighting was not done willy-nilly. Kern said they had to adjust colors and brightness of different lights throughout the dining rooms to ensure the right level of brightness and ambience, and he pointed out a few. A few areas were too bright, so they dialed back the strength of the blubs. The goal was to keep it looking the same, but also make it easier for people to see the menus and the food. The tables in the Garden did look a bit brighter ...



Here's a view from the walkway behind the Garden, looking up at Tonga ...



The back corner of Moorea ...



A few shots from out on the Lanai ...





I didn't get any shots of Tahiti or Samoa, which are considered the back dining rooms and have no view of the stage. They do still contain some low-level white lighting above the tables that give off a soft glow, and I assume this is the only way to keep them illuminated to a reasonable level. I did notice people throughout the building still using their cellphone flashlights to view menus, so this may be an indication that the brightness isn't really jacked up that much.

Moving back behind the stage, here are a few shots up at the A-frame from the Tiki garden (the best view, IMHO) ...





The upper level of Tonga, near the gift shop ...



And one more look at the A-frame from the back of Tonga ...



When you visit The Mai-Kai, even more now than ever, don't forget to look up!


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Tim_Tiki
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Posted: 2016-04-08 12:31 pm   Permalink

Just visited the Mai Kai for the first time last week. This is truly a worthy destination. You can see why this place has lasted 60 years! Very magical. We were greeted by a man dressed in an off white suite. I was expecting a "Welcome to fantasy island". The Black Magic was my first drink and did satisfy. The entire place was just beyond expectation.

This guy will come alive if you sample more than two cocktails!


The Lanai was where we had our first Mai Kai dinner.


Hey baby, where are you goin' with those drinks?


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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2016-04-08 1:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-04-08 12:31, Tim_Tiki wrote:
Just visited the Mai Kai for the first time last week. This is truly a worthy destination.



Good to hear, Tim! Keep going back -- it just keeps expanding in your mind as you explore more and more. The same is true for the drink menu - awe-inspiring options there. It's always fun!


 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Posted: 2016-04-19 07:00 am   Permalink

I was at the Mai Kai on Sunday and the LED lighting is really quite good. The interior looks much clearer because of it.

Already craving a return trip....
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Thortiki
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Posted: 2016-04-19 1:46 pm   Permalink

Hurricane H thanks for posting the LED Mai Kai pics. Next time won't have to read a menu with a cell phone. (-:

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-04-20 8:49 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-04-19 07:00, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
The interior looks much clearer because of it.


How clear it remains after a few Barrels 'O Rum remains to be seen. ;>)

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Locals and anyone in town on Apil 30 is cordially invited to join us for the 5th anniversary party for The Atomic Grog, "A Fifth of Grog."

The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. in The Molokai and will feature live instrumental surf music from Skinny Jimmy Stingray, drink specials, giveaways, and more.

The Yeoman's Grog will be half price all night, and from 6 to 7 a special "lost cocktail", the Demerara Float, will be available. There will also be a Mai-Kai trivia contest with the winners receiving four-day Aloha Passes for The Hukilau, along with other goodies like an Atomic Grog T-shirt and perhaps a bottle of rum or two.

Here's the full preview on the blog ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/04/19/a-fifth-of-grog-celebrate-our-fifth-anniversary-at-the-mai-kai-on-april-30/




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His Majesty O'Keefe
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Posted: 27 days ago; 07:18 am   Permalink

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On 2016-03-20 22:37, hang10tiki wrote:
Found an oversized postcard today






The Mai-Kai had a table full of that oversized postcard as a giveaway when I was there two years ago; now that card is selling on eBay for five dollars and up. I wonder if that particular postcard is the one they're still offering or if there's a new one now.

I'll be at the Mai-Kai tomorrow evening (yay!) so hopefully my rudimentary picture-taking skills will result in at least one decent shot of something!
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Hurricane Hayward
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The Mai-Kai welcomes King Kai

A new 10-foot-tall Tiki, carved by South Florida's Will Anders, is dedicated during a special ceremony on Sunday, May 22. Photos by The Atomic Grog.


New Mai-Kai employee Kai (right), a native of Hawaii, performs the ceremony welcoming King Kai and honoring carver Will Anders.


From left: Mai-Kai owner Dave Levy (left) with the prime movers of the new King Kai carving: The Hukilau’s Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White and artist Will Anders.


A plaque honors those responsible for making the installation of King Kai happen.


King Kai was carved by Fort Lauderdale artist Will Anders from a 10-foot-tall Florida Black Olive tree trunk.


The Mai-Kai's owner, Dave Levy (third from left), is joined by most of those responsible for making King Kai possible (from left): Pete Ginn, Lonnie Dryden, Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White, Will Anders, and Virginia Decker.


King Kai now stands in The Mai-Kai's tropical garden in a spot formerly occupied by a historic Tiki that will be moved to the indoor gardens.


Fort Lauderdale carver Will Anders shows off the award he received for creating King Kai, flanked by two others who were essential in pulling off the installation: Artist Tom Fowner (left) and Lonnie Dryden.


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finky099
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Posted: 2 days ago; 5:31 pm   Permalink

Very cool, HH. Thanks for sharing the occasion with us via photos. What was the tiki that was there and is getting moved indoors?

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: Yesterday; 2:08 pm   Permalink

The Mai-Kai continues to gain (or re-gain) respect in United States drinking/liquor circles.

Liquor.com started a feature in 2015 -- "Drink Here Now: The 173 Bars That Matter The Most - Right Now." The Mai-Kai made it onto the list at #96 today, and I can't remember it placing on the list in the past. That's in the top 100 in the US -- pretty dang good.

The full article/feature is
here.



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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: Yesterday; 8:32 pm   Permalink

AceExplorer: That's an article from last October or November. I wrote about it in The Week in Tiki blog I posted on Nov. 21 ... http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/11/21/the-week-in-tiki-nov-2-15-2015-the-hukilau-and-miami-rum-fest-tickets-makahiki-arrives-wayne-coombs-tribute-tiki-bars-galleries-and-more/

finky099: In answer to your question, there's quite a fascinating history ...

Originally, that spot in the garden was occupied by a famous Tiki carved by Barney West (most likely dating back to the early '60s) that was dubbed "Barney." Here's a photo I took in April of 2008 ...


Unfortunately, old Barney was in an advanced state of decay. In June 2009, he fell over backwards and crashed through the fence into the furniture store parking lot, smashed beyond repair. Barney later became the official mug at The Hukilau 2010: http://www.ooga-mooga.com/cgi-bin/all/mug.cgi?mode=view&mug_id=4209

He was quickly replaced by a Tiki that The Mai-Kai pulled out of their warehouse, which many noticed was familiar:

(June 2009 photo by AlohaStation)

You can see more photos and read about the saga of Barney in the "Mai Kai - Tiki Archeology" thread here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=26630&forum=1&start=60

It turns out that this new Tiki (carver unknown) formerly stood guard in the old Surfboard Bar, which was The Mai-Kai's main bar in the years before The Molokai was built:


You can also find it in a famous artist rendering that appears on page 136 in The Book of Tiki and also on this postcard:

Note the wings attached to his back. Owner Dave Levy tells me that the wings are still in the warehouse, and they will be reattached when the Tiki is refurbished and installed in the indoor garden behind the stage.

I was on hand at The Mai-Kai on Saturday, May 21, when he was removed to make way for King Kai ...




Will Anders (right) and Tom Fowner guide King Kai into place.


Tiki Kiliki and Will Anders in the first photo taken with King Kai.

I have lots of photos of the installation that I'll be posting in a special report on The Atomic Grog on the entire history of the King Kai project, plus an in-depth look at the work Will Anders has done creating replicas of Tikis throughout The Mai-Kai.

The next major project: Will, Tom and Jeff Chouinard are creating three new Tikis to replace these old, decayed fern wood Tikis under the porte-cochère ...

(Photo by Tiki Kiliki)

The hope is that these will be installed in time for The Hukilau in two weeks. Speaking of The Hukilau, it's worth noting that the official 2016 mug is also inspired by a historic Tiki:


The official limited-edition mug, sculpted by John Mulder and produced by Eekum Bookum.


The mug was inspired by this Tiki that used to live in The Mai-Kai's garden.


At some point, he was moved inside, where you can find him behind the stage in the main dining room.


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