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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-09-25 09:17 am   Permalink

Hello Everyone. I am just back home from HukiLau. It's Saturday Morning. The Island where we had Huki Lau was under a mandatory Evacuation as of 5:00 this morning. We left at 4:00. We are all boarded up and ready for Jeane who should hit us square on Sunday morning around 3:00.
That out of the way,,,, HukiLau was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! (sorry!!) It was my First Tiki event and wasSuper. To Finally meet the TC Ohan whome I have been talking to forever was justunbelievable. Words can't describe the emotion. Big thanks to the TC Ohana who purchased pendants from me, I Love you guys. The love, handshakes, hugs and embraces were many. TikiKiliki and Swanky, you out did yourselves, really too bad about the prissy ms Jeanne who Could NOT dampen the spirits of the party going on. I can't name everyone I met right now because this is a quick note since Jeanne is bearing down on us and I still have much to to.
So, THANKS Everyone, I'M a HAppy TC'r
HapoyHappyHappy
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Haole Kat
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Joined: Aug 02, 2004
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From: St Petersburg, FL
Posted: 2004-09-25 09:43 am   Permalink

Thanks for the update! We were unable to make it this year due to work...there's always next year!

I sure hope everyone stays dry and safe over on that side of the state.

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Sabina
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From: The Lounge of the Seven Pleasures!
Posted: 2004-09-25 09:53 am   Permalink

Micro news from Ft. Lauderdale,

Last night at the Mar was amazing- eat, drink, and be merry, for tomarrow we evacuate! Truely, an event worth dealing with Hurricanes for!

We got back into the hotel yesterday evening to find the mandatory evacuation notice tucked under the door (we were in the Mar).
The evacuation began this morning. The airport closes around 2 from what we're hearing now- so anyone doing that last plane out better be in the cue!

Mike and I bugged out last night after the show and have landed in north, inland Ft. Lauderdale, West of I-95. I have no idea where all the folks without vehicles are ending up. Several floks drove out last night, and we spent some of yesterday getting friends to the airport- who had just flown in that morning- so it's a little crazy.

Not sure how long power etc. will stay up, so you may not hear from us for awhile.

Hold on tight everybody, here it comes



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vwtikigirl
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Joined: Jan 01, 2004
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From: austin
Posted: 2004-09-25 10:17 am   Permalink

Sorry to hear about the evacuation. Hope everyone gets out safe and sound. Best Wishes to everyone.

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kreepy tiki jaksin
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Joined: Sep 12, 2004
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From: miami
Posted: 2004-09-25 2:36 pm   Permalink

what a great time we were having but what can we do when mother nature acts up ? so sorry it ended abruptly .on da brighter side i met some more of the tc ohana and made a bunch of new friends.next year will be better because of this im sure .appologies to all i didnt get to say goodbye to and lake surfer sorry about not being able to make it back to get you youre palm log bro next time im sure. mahaloz to all and lets pray to tiki that everyone remains safe on their way back home.

 
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tweedtone
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
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From: Temple Terrace, FL
Posted: 2004-09-25 4:01 pm   Permalink

On behalf of all The Vodkanauts as well as me personally, I'm sending a big, warm, fuzzy mahalo to all Hukilau 2004 attendees and a big thank you and job-well-done to Tikikiliki and Swanky! We had blast and truly felt honored to perform for the assembled tiki faithful. - hope y'all enjoyed it as well!

Like many, we bugged out at first light (actually hit the road at 6:45) as we've got hatches to batten down and lawn furniture to bring in for the umpteenth time. Looks like Polk County is once again gonna get the tar kicked out of it! Do counties have karma that must be balanced or what? Yeesh!
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pablus
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Posted: 2004-09-25 6:51 pm   Permalink


Stuff about the great event later.

Right now at the Mai Kai, the hardcores - the supermen and women of TC - are enjoying the incredible atmosphere of the world's foremost Tiki Palace.

I am not one of them.

With Rusty Key, Ona Koka and myself all being family men - in a suspect car and a projected track right over our little village here in Tampa - there were too many chances for major problems to stay. We weren't afraid of being there... we were afraid of not making it back here in time for the ohana we live with. (No really, even though King Kukulele was calling me chicken and clucking at me in the courtyard this morning. And it hurt me. A pain I'll never recover from.)

I'm bummed like crazy but there was not another viable choice. sighhhh.

Our original plan was to leave after the festivities at the Mai Kai and drive to Tampa.

Glad we didn't wait - seems we would have been stranded in the hurricane on the road. As we approached "Alligator Alley" - an uninhabited road through the Everglades - we all smelled burning rubber.

A frozen compressor was eating the belt we had just replaced in the Bahia Cabana parking lot the day before.

We took the last exit before the alley. There were no service stations open so we just pulled into a parking lot to check out our options. 5 minutes of grumbling and I turn around to see a PepBoys being boarded up but with several bays open.

So $350.00 worth of new compressor later, we were on the road.

whew.

I'm sad not to be there... but I'm glad to have battened down the hatches here at home and the office for what we're going to get tonight and tomorrow morning.

I still envy them though.
The few - the faithful.




 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-09-25 7:25 pm   Permalink

Pablus, you are a trooper to have come to HukiLau at all with the storm warnings and such.
I too am Envious of the Croud who HAD to stay and were treated to the rest of the show including the Mai-Kai. I wish I didn't have a family and pets and a home waiting for and Depending on me to secure everything and stabilize our home.
Our son (19 yrs old) was diagnosed with Momo, or the "Kissing " disease while we were at the Bahia Mar having fun.
We like you, had no other choiuce but to leave for home. We knew that Jeanne was a strong probability but we came only even if for only a day. Better one than None .
The AMAZING thing for now is that the eye of Jeanne is about 25 miles from my Bullseye home and the Power is STILL ON, along with the Internet???It's unbelievable.
Of course it could be gone any moment as there has been many Flickers and outages, but it Keeps coming back.
Hopefullyin about 6 hours I'll be able to report the storm eye Passed and all is well, HOPEFULLY. If possible I'll let you know.
To those able to be at the MaiKai, Enjoy my Early shao seats>
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Posted: 2004-09-25 9:25 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-09-25 19:25, Benzart wrote:
Pablus, you are a trooper to have come to HukiLau at all with the storm warnings and such.
I too am Envious of the Croud who HAD to stay and were treated to the rest of the show including the Mai-Kai. I wish I didn't have a family and pets and a home waiting for and Depending on me to secure everything and stabilize our home.
Our son (19 yrs old) was diagnosed with Momo, or the "Kissing " disease while we were at the Bahia Mar having fun.
We like you, had no other choiuce but to leave for home. We knew that Jeanne was a strong probability but we came only even if for only a day. Better one than None .
The AMAZING thing for now is that the eye of Jeanne is about 25 miles from my Bullseye home and the Power is STILL ON, along with the Internet???It's unbelievable.
Of course it could be gone any moment as there has been many Flickers and outages, but it Keeps coming back.
Hopefullyin about 6 hours I'll be able to report the storm eye Passed and all is well, HOPEFULLY. If possible I'll let you know.
To those able to be at the MaiKai, Enjoy my Early shao seats>




Ben-Z,

Not to scare you, but you are a lot like me, the Hawaiian way, family first. I pray you son makes a full and swift recovery.

When I was going solo at Tiki Oasis one year, it was "throw caution to the wind", but the following year when I brought my ohana, it was - family first - no drink late bruddah!

As a young boy living on the Arizona indian reservation with my mom, family was all there was, even it it was only my mom. Hence I'm sure I've always been perceived as a 'party pooper' because I'd rather be with my blood...


    
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cybertiki
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Joined: Jun 28, 2003
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From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2004-09-25 9:45 pm   Permalink

Just got in from the Mai-Kai, as the eye of the storm is now bearing down on my friends up in Fort Pierce. Things here are rough, but nothing like what it's going to be like just up the coast tonight and tomorrow. Good call on the part of Florida TC'ers to get home and batten down. If I didn't live here, I'd have gone as well.

The drive to and from the Mai-Kai was dicey, so I picked up all my guests personally, and took smaller local streets to get there and back. A LOT of the traffic lights are already out, so it was slow going at best.

The evening at the Mai-Kai was incredible. More on it later, but the small crowd of die-hard (or stranded) ohana made the evening intimate and very special. Many thanks to the Mai-Kai staff who took care of us even as their own homes were being buffetted by the storm.

Inside, you never would have guessed that a violent storm was raging outside ... what an amazing place. I just wanted to get this in before my power goes out. Best wishes to my TC friends from Florida, and if I can assist you after the storm, let me know. 954-880-0406.

Cheers.


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2004-09-25 10:20 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the update, Cybertiki. How bad are the winds there?

 
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cybertiki
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From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2004-09-26 02:29 am   Permalink

Greetings Sabu; the winds were blowing at probably 35-40 mph sustained, when we went to the Mai-Kai, and slightly higher by the time we left. We were also catching gusts that I'd put at 70-80 mph - though it's harder to tell at night while driving, than it is during the day when I'm able to stand and look out the window. Some of the gusts were strong enough to push the Honda Odyssey around on the road.

Right now, things seem to have settled down in our area a bit, and the wind sounds like it's coming in less frequent gusts as the remaining feeder bands roll over South Florida. Central Florida has taken a serious hit this time around, and I'm concerned that this thing is heading for Tampa. Even if it dies down by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast, Tropical Storm winds can do a LOT of damage in larger urban areas. It isn't going to be pretty when the sun finally comes up this morning.

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Kailuageoff
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2004-09-26 08:54 am   Permalink

Aloha all,
Saturday morning we fled about an hour further south of Ft. Lauderdale to the home of Ken-Tiki and family. We might have been able to get to the Mai-Kai that evening, however, we were concerned about curfews and burning up more gasoline. As of now the storm appears to be raging over our home judging by TV coverage. We'll try to go north around 2 pm today if the storm keeps on its present course.
Echoing everything already said about the 2004 Hukilau... We had a fanatstic time with old friends and new. Very glad to have met some for the first time like Benzart and Kiegs. Good to reconnnect with others like most of the Florida ohana, Mogambo, PolyPop, Mr & Mrs. Boo, etc.
Special mahalo to Pablus & AlnShelly for Saturday night's party, as well as Swanky and Christie for the entire weekend. Let's do it again come hell or high water!
KG & Wahine Marian


 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2004-09-26 10:34 am   Permalink

Aloha!
What a fantastic time it was. We were evacuated from our hotel and decided to go straight to the Mai Kai where we were received with open arms. After a fantastic dinner and show we were taken in by two long time Tiki Lovers, who also happen to be long time customers and an employee of the Mai Kai! They are signed up here as Tiki Cay and we hope to have them onboard soon with pictures of their beautiful hand made bamboo tiki bar and soon to be outdoor tiki hut and paradise!

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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2004-09-26 11:34 am   Permalink

I'm at a Kinko's in Ft. Lauderdale right now... I was one of the lucky few who were able to make it to the Mai Kai last night (my very rough guess is that there were about 150 people there last night, I think they were expecting 600+). Bless those wonderful souls there who came out to work all night at the Mai Kai--especially those brave valets! The experience was beyond magical--I have been in a hurricane in the gardens of the Mai Kai! (BTW, the only damage at the Mai Kai I saw was one small palm tree that came down.) We really were pretty darned oblivious to the storm outside. HUGE mahalos to King Kukulele, because of him, I got to dance on stage at the Mai Kai to celebrate my 30th birthday! WOW! That was incredibly sweet of him to do for me. Afterward, Mirielle & her son David invited the couple dozen of us that were still in the Mai Kai to join them at David's home for an Elvis-fueled afterparty. More details later when the whirring in my mind of a million pleasant thought slows down into something more coherent.

I don't have any pictures--my camera busted early Thursday morning!

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