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Mai Kai in bad shape following Wilma
TikiPug
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Posted: 2005-10-25 1:31 pm   Permalink

A friend of my uncle's lives near the Mai Kai. She told him that about 50% of the Mai Kai was destroyed. She was only able to talk about 30 seconds since her cell phone was dying. As soon as I hear more from her, I'll post it here.
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tiki_kiliki
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Posted: 2005-10-25 1:38 pm   Permalink

This is an official update to this posting. I have just recently spoken with Pia from the Mai Kai. She is in Atlanta trying to get back into Florida from a trip her and Drew had been on but cannot. She also updated me on the Mai Kai as she spoke to the owner about noon today.

Turns out, there is significant damage. All exterior. There is a little flooding inside behind the stage area but everything else inside is intact. You cannot get into the restaurant at this time due to debris on the streets and there is damage to the plank bridge going into the Mai Kai.

Pia and I both are unable to return to our homes to asess the damage there. I tried to get down 95 but was turned away once I got towards Ft. Pierce. I probably won't be able to get back to Hollywood for at least 4 days or so.

This is the worst that Broward County has been hit in 50 years. I just saw pictures from just down US1 from my house and it looks absolutely horrible. I can only hope that things are okay.
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-10-25 1:38 pm   Permalink

Oh dear, this could be terrible. I tried calling the Mai Kai, but got "all circuits are busy" -- it's probably just as well, I'm sure they've got their hands full at the moment. I've got my fingers crossed for them!

Edit after seeing Kiliki's post -- sad to hear that the Mai Kai's been damaged, but it's encouraging to hear that the interior seems okay. I hope that the structural integrity of the building is okay; I imagine the roof repair & other repairs will not come cheaply. Kiliki, I hope you're able to get home sooner rather than later, and that your own home is okay.


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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-10-25 1:58 pm   Permalink

Last year Pia said the main structure of the Mai-Kai is steel and is very strong.

Let's hope the best for the Mai-Kai and the residents of the affected areas. When the quake hit the San Francisco bay area in 1989, information was sketchy and always exaggerated "the whole Marina district is on fire" ," the Bay Bridge FELL DOWN!". Hopefully the facts will be much better once inspections can truly begin.


To the Mai-kai's 50th anniversary!!!!

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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2005-10-25 2:01 pm   Permalink

geez, that sucks.

we hope you all are doing well.

this is getting kind of old.
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alohabros
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Posted: 2005-10-25 2:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-10-25 13:38, Humuhumu wrote:
...I tried calling the Mai Kai, but got "all circuits are busy" -- it's probably just as well, I'm sure they've got their hands full at the moment...




... its usually best to make calls only if it is an emergency... non-emergency calls tend to tie up the lines and may prevent serious calls from getting through to help in an emergency...

... folks in the stricken areas need as much help from the outside as possible... give blood and money...






 
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pappythesailor
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Posted: 2005-10-25 3:29 pm   Permalink

Dammit! Let's all buy one of their Mystery Drink bowls from the gift shop to give them a cash injection. Better make that two... This is probably a dumb question but do they have insurance?

 
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tiki_kiliki
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Posted: 2005-10-25 3:34 pm   Permalink

Thanks Humu -

Reports from Chip and Andy say that my place is intact other than a shutter or two. That's a huge sigh of relief after hearing some reports off of the radio today and after arriving here at my boyfriends place last night and no longer seeing the beautiful dock that graced the shore.

This Wilma was a strong one.
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sneakyjack
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Posted: 2005-10-25 3:44 pm   Permalink

I'll be watching this post... I like to hear that things are "Exaggerated" hopefully some pictures will say more than rumors - please post when possible.... I'm sure people in the area have better things to do, but when you can.

good wishes to people in the areas effected.


 
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Posted: 2005-10-25 4:33 pm   Permalink

Mai Kai steel structure
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christiki295
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Posted: 2005-10-25 8:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-10-25 15:29, pappythesailor wrote:
Dammit!
. . .

This is probably a dumb question but do they have insurance?



I feel your pain.

No, a very good question. But not just general insurance, but possibly specialized coverage, like hurricane or flood insurance as well, to prevent the "act of god" exception.


 
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hala bullhiki
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Posted: 2005-10-25 8:40 pm   Permalink

oh god, not the mai kai! and smiley, i remember at hukilau '04 them saying not to worry, as the mai kai has a steel structure as well, good thoughts out for all the florida ohana

 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2005-10-25 11:01 pm   Permalink

Wow..this is a major bummer. I just looked at some photos on-line from Sun Sentinel.com and Miami Herald.com. The damage to Broward County is more extensive than I realized. The initial reports I was getting from my dad didn't sound too bad, but it looks like there was alot of damage to downtown Ft. Lauderdale not that far south on US1 from the Mai-Kai. So weird, especially since most of us were just down there only a few weeks ago. In fact I retuned from there almost two weeks ago. There are so many cool things in Ft. Lauderdale that I'm afraid to hear about any damage. I hope the pier in Lauderdale by the Sea is still there. I hope Aruba restaurant near the pier is still there. I hope Pier 66 Hotel didn't get damaged too extensively. And I hope everybody down there can dig themselves out and didn't lose their homes or anything like that. Jeez. Last but not least I hope the damage to the Mai Kai wasn't THAT bad, but I'm afraid to hear. Unbelievable. My mom lives up near Stuart. Her neighbor's home was destroyed. Miraculously my mom's home survived.

Hope things are cool down there soon. Good luck to everyone involved in this mess.


 
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Posted: 2005-10-26 10:51 am   Permalink


What about the Bahia Cabana?


 
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Posted: 2005-10-26 11:12 am   Permalink

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On 2005-10-26 10:51, pablus wrote:
What about the Bahia Cabana?


I am told that Jake and Elwood made it through OK.


 
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