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The Hukilau 2012 Official Thread & Announcement!
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-12-13 09:52 am   Permalink

The Hukilau moves to April in 2012, launches new website
-- Tickets on sale now for annual Polynesian Pop festival --
http://www.thehukilau.com

Organizers of the largest annual celebration of Tiki culture on the East Coast went straight to the event's loyal following when it came time to plan the 2012 event. The result? An earlier date and other exciting changes that have just been announced on the event's totally redesigned website, TheHukilau.com.

The Hukilau, which spent the past five years in early June, now moves to April 19-22 as the result of a poll of its Facebook fans. The earlier date promises milder weather and more separation from the other major summer events.

Activities will again be centered around two beachside hotels plus the legendary Mai-Kai restaurant, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary this month. But months of feedback from Hukilau fans resulted in several changes: More events at The Mai-Kai, a more budget-friendly hotel, and a more laid-back schedule with time to enjoy the company of friends and South Florida's abundant beaches and beauty.

One thing that hasn't changed, however, is The Hukilau's commitment to high-caliber entertainment and educational symposiums. Among the 2012 highlights are: Nashville surf/spy/space supergroup The Martian Denny Orchestra; a symposium on the mysterious Zombie cocktail by influential mixologist and author Jeff "Beachbum" Berry; a hands-on symposium by tattoo artist and historian Paul Roe; and several performances by acclaimed burlesque star Angie Pontani.

Here's an overview of this magical Polynesian weekend in America's Vacationland:


(A sneak preview of Mookie Sato's glassware design)

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE

Prices range from $25 for Thursday night only to $150 for an all-access pass that gives you entry to all four days of events, including the symposiums. Other options are a Friday-Saturday pass for $55, and a Thursday-to-Saturday pass for $85 (not including symposiums). Tickets for the Friday Main Event at the Bahia Cabana are $27, and symposium prices range from $15 for "Ta-ta-u - The Mark of Civilization" to $35 for "Revenge of the Zombie."
* Go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/tickets/ to place your order now via PayPal or credit card
* For a full schedule of events, go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/schedule-of-event/

THE PERFORMERS



>> The Martian Denny Orchestra blends surf, spy and space sounds while covering instrumental classics by Duane Eddy, the Ventures, the Rockin' Rebels and Santo & Johnny. Led by acclaimed guitarist Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets, The Neanderthals), the band features a who's who of top Nashville musicians, who boast resumes that include work with Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, NRBQ and others.

>> Angie Pontani, founding member of the World Famous Pontani Sisters, will make several special appearances. One of the most recognized and respected names in burlesque, she has been credited with helping pioneer the new revival with her classic and classy approach to strip-tease.

>> The Intoxicators from Tallahassee have become a fixture at The Hukilau, performing multiple sets at multiple venues, sometimes (as the simian surf band The Disasternauts) as an entirely different species. A revved-up throwback to the 1960s instrumental surf scene, these guys always put on an energetic live show.

>> The Stolen Idols from Tampa is one of only a small number of ensembles in the world presenting exotica authentically, with acoustic instruments and a Latin jazz sensibility.

>> Miami's Gold Dust Lounge, led by guitarist/songwriter Russell Mofsky, is an amalgam of surf, jazz, spy-fi and spaghetti western, filtered through a film noir lens with a bit of groove.

>> King Kukulele (aka Denny Moynahan) is as much a part of The Hukilau as The Mai-Kai itself. The comedian, actor and ukuleleist never fails to keep the energy level high with a his one-liners, hapa haole and novelty songs.

>> Pablus, co-founder of The Crazed Mugs, will be making special solo appearances with his ukulele and golden voice. His repertoire ranges from original Crazed Mugs tunes to Hawaiian, hapa haole and classic songs from yesterday.

>> Dan Cunningham has been channeling Elvis Presley for 15 years, performing everywhere from The Mai-Kai to Graceland. His repertoire covers everything from the King's early rockabilly roots through his white jumpsuit days.

>> Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid has become a fixture at Tiki and retro events with her aquatic performances and stunt dancing. She and her team of mermaids perform at the nearby Sheraton Beach Hotel's Wreck Bar, where windows into the second-floor pool offer a fish-eye view.

>> DJs Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle, Heelgrinder and Lounge Laura Taylor will be spinning tunes throughout the weekend.

* For more information:
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/performers/
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/the-martian-denny-orchestra-2/
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/the-lovely-angie-pontani/

SYMPOSIUMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS



>> Jeff "Beachbum" Berry is back with a new symposium, "Revenge of the Zombie," at which he'll dig deep into the archives to trace the development of one of history's most infamous cocktail, from the 1930s to the present. Berry is the author of five books (with a sixth in the works) on tropical mixology and its rich history, and one of Imbibe magazine's 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the past century.

>> Paul Roe of Britishink Tattoos in Washington, D.C., returns with another visually stimulating and informative symposium. "Ta-ta-u - The Mark of Civilization" will look at the importance of the male and female tattoos in Samoa, culminating in a demonstration of traditional tatau.

>> Tim "Swanky" Glazner will lead the first-ever symposium on the history of The Mai-Kai to be presented in the restaurant's grand dining room. "Mai-Kai: History, Mystery & Adventure" will take guests on a trip back to 1956, when the Thornton brothers took Don the Beachcomber's concept, supersized it and and plopped it down on a rural stretch of Fort Lauderdale's U.S. 1.

>> "Plastic Paradise" - a new documentary on the rise, fall and resurgence of Tiki culture - will get a sneak preview. The project by Miami filmmakers Common Machine was commissioned by PBS with much footage shot at Hukilau 2011 in June.

>> An exclusive Tiki bowling event will be offered to a small number of lucky guests. They'll get a chance to play the themed lanes and tour a vintage Tiki apartment complex west of Fort Lauderdale.

* For more information on the symposium hosts, go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/special-guests/

THE MAI-KAI



Due to popular demand, more activities will be centered at the landmark Polynesian palace, including symposiums, happy hours and late-night parties. This is in addition to the event's centerpiece, the Saturday night main event featuring live bands all night long and two dinner shows starring The Mai-Kai's vintage South Seas stage show.
* For more on The Mai-Kai, go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/the-mai-kai/
* Reservations and shuttles: http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/mai-kai-dinner-reservations-shuttles/

TIKI TREASURES BAZAAR

Vendors from around the world will be on hand selling exotic art and retro merchandise. Space is limited to 32 vendors, so early reservations are encouraged.
* For more information about securing a vendor spot:
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/bazaar/
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/become-a-vendor/

OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE

The Hukilau 2012 event mug is being designed and produced by Tiki Diablo, aka Danny Gallardo, a Los Angeles-based artist and carver. Special glassware is being designed by Mookie Sato, an illustrator and graphic designer from Japan. Also in the works: T-shirts, pendants, and more.

LODGING

The Best Western Oceanside Inn, just steps away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, is the new host hotel. It will be the site of the Tiki Treasures Bazaar, daily activities and some of the evening celebrations. Just across Highway A1A is the Bahia Cabana Beach Resort, home to Hukilau activities for the past eight years. It will also host some day and evening events.
* For more on the host hotels and to make reservations, go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/lodging/

HUKILAU HISTORY



A Hukilau is a traditional Hawaiian festival at which a large net is cast into the sea so the villagers can pull the catch to shore. The feast that follows signifies the spirit of family and community, or 'ohana. This mainland Hukilau is a metaphorical net thrown out to the entire world, bringing lovers of Polynesian Pop and Tiki culture together for a very special celebration.

After debuting in 2002 in Atlanta, The Hukilau found its natural home at The Mai-Kai and Fort Lauderdale's beachside hotels. The event was held in June in 2003, but moved to September in 2004. After being battered by Hurricane Jeanne, The Hukilau was switched to October in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, it moved back to June, where it remained through 2011. For the 11th straight year, The Hukilau is being organized and produced by co-creator and co-founder Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White.

The many performers and artists who have contributed their talents to The Hukilau include: Los Straitjackets, The Neanderthals, The Sweet Hollywaiians, The Woogles, Yma Sumac, Robert Drasnin, Tikiyaki Orchestra, Martini Kings, Waitiki, Laramie Dean, The Crazed Mugs, Haole Kats, The Disasternauts, The Exotics, Grinder Nova, The Fisherman, Josh Agle (aka Shag), Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, Bosko, and Sven Kirsten.

* For more Hukilau history, go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/about-the-hukilau/

CONTACTS

* For general information, email info@thehukilau.com
* For sponsorship, vending and advertising, contact Christie White at christie@thehukilau.com
* For press and promotion inquiries, contact Jim "Hurricane" Hayward at press@thehukilau.com
* For further contact info, go to http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/contact/

Official websites
http://www.thehukilau.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thehukilau
http://twitter.com/TheHukilau
http://www.flickr.com/groups/hukilau/
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHukilauEvent


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tiki_kiliki
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Posted: 2011-12-13 11:20 am   Permalink

Thanks for getting the thread started Jim!!

Come join us for another wonderful weekend with daily parties at the Mai-Kai!! There's more to come, like photos of the vintage bowling alley that we have for a few hours on Sunday!


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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-12-15 11:06 am   Permalink

Looking forward to vending at Hukilau again! Had a great time last year, met a lot of TC'ites and hope to meet more this year!

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kevthekeep
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Posted: 2012-01-12 7:05 pm   Permalink

Hey gonna be my first looking forward to it !

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-01-13 08:48 am   Permalink

Curious about the "Tiki Bowling" event scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Hukilau?



The condo complex that contains the bowling alley above has been written about before on Tiki Central. Can you find it?

Hint: It also contains an amazing amount of Witco decor.


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Nani
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Posted: 2012-01-13 11:19 am   Permalink

How can Mr Fatu find out about performing at Hukilau 2012?
Mahalo, Nani


 
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Posted: 2012-01-13 11:47 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-13 11:19, Nani wrote:
How can Mr Fatu find out about performing at Hukilau 2012?
Mahalo, Nani



Is that
THE Mr. Fatu? Man I hope so!
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tiki_kiliki
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Posted: 2012-01-13 12:15 pm   Permalink

Nani,

I just sent you a personal message!


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-01-15 10:56 am   Permalink

Check out all the latest info on The Hukilau and The Mai-Kai on The Atomic Grog. We've just posted a new cocktail review plus news on April's events ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/

Mahalo!


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-01-24 10:13 am   Permalink

The official Hukilau postcard flier is printed and available for distribution both online and in the real world.

If you'd like to help pass some out in your community, just e-mail
press@thehukilau.com and we'll mail some out to you. Or if you're in South Florida, we can meet up with you. We're especially looking for folks around Florida to hit all the stores, shops and events.

Also, we've posted the postcard online in various sizes for you to add to your website or download and post on Facebook and elsewhere. There are also various versions of the official logo. See the samples below or go to: http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/promotional-fliers-and-logos/







Mahalo!




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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-02-05 08:37 am   Permalink

Just confirmed: The addition of exotica band Exotik-a-GoGo and influential author Sven Kirsten.

Exotik-a-GoGo, a fixture at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge in Minneapolis, is scheduled to perform during the Thursday night festivities.

Kirsten’s talk will take place either Friday or Saturday (April 20-21) and will require a separate ticket.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, so check the Facebook page or official site for details.

http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau

http://www.thehukilau.com



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Zonker88
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Posted: 2012-02-06 1:18 pm   Permalink

when will the time and place of the new seminar be decided? cant buy a ticket without knowing that

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-02-07 2:50 pm   Permalink

It will be either Friday or Saturday afternoon. It's unlikely to be any other day or time. Tiki Kiliki will be meeting with The Mai-Kai this weekend to update the schedule.

Also, FYI, she just clarified that since this is being announced late, it will not be included with the all-access pass like the other symposiums. Tickets will need to be purchased separately.

We'll let you know when the updated schedule is posted.

Aloha!


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-03-01 12:13 am   Permalink

The Menehune have been hard at work on the schedule. Check it out:

http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/schedule-of-event/

And for those who didn't get the latest Huki Nuhou e-mail:



Tiki Diablo has been working harder than the Menehune on the official 2012 mug. All he'll let us see for now is this sculpt photo, but stay tuned for more. Inspired by Guanko carvings, this will be an edition of 250 pieces. To be added to the pre-sale list, be sure to e-mail tiki_kiliki@tikikiliki.com now.

Also, we're still looking for vendors and sponsors. Click here for more info:
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/become-a-vendor/
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/media/info-page-sponsors-advertising-and-vendors/

And if you're interested in volunteering (hey, the Menehune can't do everything), click here to find out how:
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/contact/



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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-03-19 11:23 pm   Permalink

Here are the latest updates ...



2012 COMMEMORATIVE MUG

Designed by Danny Gallardo, aka Tiki Diablo, this limited-edition beauty was inspired by Milan Guanko, Tiki Kiliki's favorite historic carver. When Danny sent her a photo of a Tiki from carver Richard Ellis that was made for the Tradewinds Restaurant in Oxnard, Calif., she immediately knew it was what she wanted: "This Tiki had everything we wanted and more. Danny has done an amazing job - we love it!"

To purchase one of the 250 mugs, click here:
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/2012-hukilau-mug/

WHO NEEDS A ROOM CRAWL?

While room parties will surely be ongoing throughout the weekend - and we encourage hosts to post their plans here or elsewhere on Tiki Central - the officially sanctioned cocktails will be centered around the Best Western Oceanside's pool and sun deck. Some great mixologists will be serving up some kick-ass cocktails, so don't miss out ...



*** Thursday’s kickoff drink will be served poolside from 5 to 9 p.m. (while supplies last) by the crew from New York City’s Lani Kai. A sampling of authentic Mai Tais will be served as a flight.

*** Friday kicks off with a potent punch served between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (while supplies last) on the Tiki Treasures Bazaar floor and sun deck. Inspired by the Caribbean island of Grenada (via Sweden), the St. George's Punch comes to us from Helena Tiare Olsen and her cocktail blog, A Mountain of Crushed Ice. The cocktail will be mixed by 2011 Hukilau Master Mixologist competitor and 2012 Mixology Symposium Coordinator George Jenkins.



*** Friday night's festivities get in gear poolside from 5 to 6:30 p.m. as another New York City crew, the mixologists from the Lower East Side's PKNY, show off their flair for craft cocktails with a special classic recipe featuring Sailor Jerry and other tasty rums (while supplies last).

*** Saturday afternoon's Tiki Treasures Bazaar features a warm-up for the evening's main event with a classic cocktail provided by The Mai-Kai from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while supplies last). Don't miss this unique sampling of Mai-Kai mixology on the third floor sun deck area.

Please note: You must have a Hukilau wristband to receive free cocktails.

And don't forget DJs Gina of the Jungle and Jack Fetterman will be spinning great tunes at the Best Western all weekend.



NEW RUM SPONSOR

The Hukilau welcomes Sailor Jerry. You'll see this great spiced rum around much of the weekend, including a special symposium. Our other sponsors are Tiki Magazine, Fee Brothers and Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge.

NEW HOTEL RATES

The Bahia Cabana's rates have been lowered for The Hukilau weekend. Even if you already have reservations, your rate will reflect these price changes: Standard $99, efficiency $119, one-bedroom suite $139. Remember, you must call the hotel directly at (954) 524-1555 to make your reservations and mention The Hukilau.
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/lodging/

UPDATED SCHEDULE

Be sure to confirm the dates and times of all the great symposiums and your favorite bands. There's always something going on, so make your plans and don't miss a minute.
http://www.thehukilau.com/2012/schedule-of-event/

COMING SOON

More info on merchandise and PKNY's mystery drink.

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