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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 1513
From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2006-10-11 9:48 pm   Permalink

Edited to remove my comments, as the comments to which I was responding have been removed (and peace has been restored in the land - yay!).

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 15, 2005
Posts: 22
Posted: 2006-10-11 10:07 pm   Permalink

Well said Alice!!!!

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 3601
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2006-10-11 11:06 pm   Permalink


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 07, 2005
Posts: 1566
From: Mass.
Posted: 2006-10-12 03:19 am   Permalink

C'mon Pop. You can't just throw bombs and run. Details, man! Let's hear the details....

Big Bro--were you dissing the Sunshine Ohana?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5311
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-10-12 07:01 am   Permalink

I know Sven well enough to know better. I have spent time with him when he was exploring Florida. He spends half his life in Europe! You really think he would dis Florida or any other "non-California" place? Hala Kahiki in Chicago is like a museum to this man.

I will say this. He has a very dry wit and will say things in jest, with an absolute straight face. Maybe you heard criticism when he was making a joke.

But, I doubt you will find anyone who has a bad thing to say about Sven. I watched him meet person after person with his same geneal demeanor.

Too bad you waited until now to talk about this. If you had brought it up there, we could have straightened it out I'm sure.

"Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" the book

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Kava King
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Joined: Sep 20, 2002
Posts: 217
From: Kensington-on-Avondale
Posted: 2006-10-12 07:05 am   Permalink

Does anyone here really need to vouch for a friend's (in this case, Sven's) character after a ridiculous attack by some silly crank? We all have spent more than a little "real" time together over the years, and like most relationships the quality and range of experiences vary. Yes, Sven was surly- obnoxious, really, but isn't that why we all love him? Besides, it may have been something in his "gooey fonduey". You can really see the seething hostility in that shot of him embracing Kiliki, right?

Nice that we have this space to clear up our little misunderstandings, but that ("Pop") was a misinformed, and yes Alice, illiterate rant if ever I've seen one. Happy trails Pop, you obviously missed the boat coming here. My only disappointment is that I thought you made a cool Hunter S. Thompson character in our somewhat homogenous cast!

PS- Formika, please feel free to correct my note and return it with red marks!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 06, 2005
Posts: 153
From: Florida
Posted: 2006-10-12 07:14 am   Permalink

I just put up hundreds of Hukilau 2006 photos on The Intoxicators! website... Here's the link

Here's a sample of what's out there...

Disasternauts at the Cabana bar...


Joe & Savannah

Ape in the Molokai Bar

Waitiki Watermelon Sacrifice

Haole Kats surfing on the main stage at the Mai Kai

The Intoxicators! in the Samoa/Tahiti room at the Mai Kai

Lewis of the Disasternauts/Novarays (former Woggle) with Alice after we realized that she was the singer in Hillbilly Frankenstein (it's a small world)

The Disasternauts go bananas at the Jetsetter!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 268
From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2006-10-12 07:58 am   Permalink


On 2006-10-12 07:05, Kava King wrote:
may have been something in his "gooey fonduey".

Maybe it was Sven's evil doppleganger.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-10-12 09:17 am   Permalink

You know what...I was really overwhelmed that wonderful weekend. By nature, I am not a very social person, and I always hated family gatherings...my relatives' gatherings, that is. But this was a gathering of my TRUE family, the one I really feel akin to, and still, I simply got burned out. I had not met sooo many people for sooo long, and EVERYBODY was there, it was just too much! I just shut down at some point in the day. I didn't even talk to people that I really wanted to meet, like Benzart: All I could utter was a casual "Hello" and stumble on!!!

I really apologize to him and his wife, and to the all the people I did not spend enough time with: Swanky, Tikibob, Elicia, Hanford and Michelle, Dave and Lezley, Alice, Casey, Zulu Magoo, Danny, Pablus, and all the others I can't think off right now (again: bad Sven!), please don't take it personally, I am just socially inept.

The responsibility of being the Big Brother is not easy to handle sometimes. Those who know me in a small group, know me as an open person on a one to one basis, usually. And you might not think this, but I am constantly worried that me not remembering the names and faces of ALL the Tikiphiles I have met throughout the years will be interpreted as arrogance, and apparently it was in the above mentioned case.

Again, I can only apologize for that misinterpretation, it was not my intention. But please do not insult my friends whose love for my work and me I truly appreciate, I know that their sympathy is genuine and honest, and has nothing to do with ass-kissing. Thank you for the love, kids!

I guess I should not have spent the first half of Friday having fun doing a midcentury modern tour of Sunny Isles with my friends Charles and Pete, because that cost me my chance to really peruse the vendors room and meet everybody.

I DID meet one of my main goals though, to share the complete print out of my new book with Ken and Heather, and Mimi and Rob, as thanks for their contribution. And when I was done with that, the vendors room was closed.

And then all Saturday I was upstairs seeing all the lectures (I even had to get food brought up there to eat something)and do mine, and BAM it was time to head over to the Mai Kai...

I can only IMAGINE how Christie must have felt, I don't know how she does it!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 28, 2006
Posts: 64
From: an exclusive litter
Posted: 2006-10-12 09:30 am   Permalink

Why on earth should anyone have to apologize for an imagined slight? People think way too much of themselves when they believe that strangers are mean/rude/dismissive/whatever to them. Most perceived slights/insults are unintentional. If the wounded would simply make a paradigm shift, it might become crystal clear.

Post more pictures, please. Hukilau looks like it was incredible.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 22, 2004
Posts: 756
From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2006-10-12 10:09 am   Permalink

A suffering bastard after one too many Jet Pilots!!!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 07, 2006
Posts: 26
From: Honolulu, born and raised!
Posted: 2006-10-12 1:35 pm   Permalink

Thank you all for sharing. So much fun! Mahalo ~~

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 123
From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2006-10-12 3:54 pm   Permalink

Social retardation cuts both ways - I witnessed several occasions where the person being approached was clearly in no headspace (cocktail flu/busy/distracted) to chat. I'm sure that those interactions were less than satisfactory, and the "blame" lies equally on both parties.

In fact, I had meant to chat with Sven all weekend about our beloved Alibi, but didn't get a chance until Sunday morning when I saw him in the lobby. One look told me that this wasn't a good time - there will be other times to have a leisurely chat. In fact, I'm not sure most of the gatherings are a great time for anything more in depth than casual hi how are yous.

But in any case, uh, pictures! As usual, my existence at the event is only confirmed by Humu's pics. I really have to start taking off my top or getting in fights or something to be more memorable. Maybe topless fights!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-10-12 4:48 pm   Permalink

Formikahini, thank you for your well-worded post, you said it better than I could have. Poptiki, I don't know what the particulars of your situation were, and I'm sorry that you came away from your experience with bad feelings. Like the many others who have chimed in here, my many experiences with Sven have been great, starting from way back when we first met -- when as far as he knew, I was just a nobody chick from Seattle.

I can say from my own experience that environments like Hukilau can present some unique challenges. It's not always easy to be surrounded by about a thousand people who know exactly who you are, when you only know about 10% of them, for four whole solid days. Having to be "on" all the time can take tremendous effort, even for someone who is naturally social. I wouldn't have it any other way, I'm hugely happy to meet so many new folks, but I know that personally I struggle to have the kind of quality interactions I want to be able to have -- at a certain point, I just poop out. Not only was Sven in that boat, but he's been working like a dog in Germany for many months now; this was a rare vacation for him, and a rare opportunity to catch up with some of his dearest friends in the world. Give the guy a chance.

Okay, back to the fun stuff -- thanks so much to everyone who's posted their pictures! There are always so many different things going on at once at Hukilau, and it's neat to get a chance to go back and virtually do everything. Here is my video of the Mai Kai fire dancers:


More pictures! More pictures!


Critiki - Critiki News - Ooga-Mooga

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Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2989
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2006-10-12 5:01 pm   Permalink

Last year's Hukilau was great, but this year's was even better! It was better having both official hotels so close to each other, and hanging out in the Wreck Bar was great. The Appleton company came through with good rum and drinks in the Wreck Bar and at the Bahia Mar. More West Coast Ohana were present this year including some Ohana who missed last year like Otto and Sven, bad boy Ben and Mrs. Bamboo, Martiki and Boo Loo, the Velours, Tiki Bird and Utopian Dream. Portland was well represented, and most of the Forbidden Island regulars were there this year (purely for research purposes, you see we needed to compare the Mai-Kai's drinks to F.I.'s).

Highlights for me:

  • Mai-Kai happy hour four nights in a row
  • Thursday's boat ride to Cap's Place on moonlit water with Martiki and Dr. Boo Loo, the Velours, Tiki Bird and Utopian Dream and Unga Bunga (after our cab driver got lost - $34 from the Mai-Kai to Cap's!)
  • Billy Mure w/Ape - one minor complaint: Billy's guitar should have been louder
  • The Mai-Kai show - it never gets old
  • Pablus with Haole Kats at the Mai-Kai - I was in food coma, but I snapped out of it and got some dancin' in
  • Partying in the Mai-Kai bar until 3 on Sat (until something broke, we won't go there)
  • Drunken moonlight swim in the ocean passing the rum bottles
  • Meeting Auntie Bungy
  • Sven's and Beachbum's seminars (wish I could have seen Kailuageoff's but I was still asleep)
  • Stretch limo ride to the Mai-Kai on Sunday

Me and my 21-ounce Porterhouse (it seemed more like 31 ounces!) and a glass of amazing Bordeaux on my pre-Hukilau trip to Bern's steakhouse in Tampa with Pablus and his wife

Unga Bunga, Martiki, and Boo Loo

Boo Loo and Martiki

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Velour, Tiki Bird, and Utopian Dream

coconut carver

Mr. Supersonic Guitar, Billy Mure

Martiki gets the Mystery Bowl

and he turns into Super-Martiki!

Sarah, my favorite Mai-Kai Wahine

The rest of my Florida picks are here:

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