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Hukilau 2003 Report
Mrs. B
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Joined: Mar 12, 2003
Posts: 231
Posted: 2003-06-29 12:50 am   Permalink

Ok, I'm rolling in green sheets of jealousy.
Hukilau is, as reported via cell "classic, awesome, da bomb...and YES 'coooool'."
My guys, Bamboo Ben, Crazy Al, Holden, King and Casey, are having waaaaaaaaaaaay tooooo much fun.
The Mai Kai has sent Bamboo Ben to "heaven"...he says the place is "out of control".... beautifully designed..."ohana" maintained and strict tradition in hospitality.
The vibe is incredible. At 2:30 am, they are all headed out to shoot off fireworks on the beach.
I think with the water temp at 85, there might be some naked people floundering tonight....oh man, I won't skip next year!
AlOOOOOha!
HUKILAU!!!!


 
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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 974
From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2003-06-29 11:38 am   Permalink

I'm writing this from the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Ft Lauderdale. What a great event. The mai Kai ruled. Thanks to Swanky and Kiliki for pulling off the event of the Summer. More to come later.
Mahalo,
Al

the other AL had a great!!! time as well GONG!!!!!
Crazy Al


Kiliki here too!!!! Amazing - everyone was and is amazing that attended this weekend. Many thanks to everyone! Damn this was fun! - Tiki Kiliki

Damn! and I thought Sam's was THE place! The Mai Kai is where my ashes will be spread whenever I go! SugarCaddyDaddy

Can't believe I was witness to the most phenomenal Mystery Bowl Dance in the history of Tiki!!!!!! Inky definitely won the best auction!!!!!! purple jade

OOOOOOOOOOOUCH! (Bamboo Ben)



"The Mai Kai...I nearly shit a brick"- King Kukulele

Shelley and Inky found a new kind of sensual experience at the Mai Kai. The Mystery Boy sure can make double tiki trouble happen!! Bang a gong, Crazy Al, Band a Gong!
Shell in the Pacific


 
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Mrs. B
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Joined: Mar 12, 2003
Posts: 231
Posted: 2003-06-29 6:44 pm   Permalink

Ok, the shade of green just became very, very deep!
The crew, Bamboo Ben, Crazy Al, King Kook, Al, Shelley and Inky are enjoying the sunset at the tip of Key West.
They ROCK! After 3 days and nights of heavy partying (All closed the Mai Kai last night then Ben and Al went bodysurfing til 5 am....then, of course, back to the room to torture Holden who had to board his plane in a few hours) and still they all make it to the tip for sunset!! Inky ran up to the group catching the sunset by just a few minutes....very "cool."
It's a sea of about 1000 people for the sunset gig and crazy antics everywhere!
Man, I'm so not missing next year
That's the latest from some of our TC peeps.
Aloha!


 
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Mrs. B
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Posted: 2003-06-29 6:47 pm   Permalink



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Mrs. B
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Posts: 231
Posted: 2003-06-29 11:35 pm   Permalink

Caught the crew on "Sloppy Joes" live cam....thanks to Floratina....she clued us all in via cell, reg phone and "coolness."
Mahalo.
Told Crazy "ass" Al to jump on stage but I think King Kook was begging "no show tonight!!"
Geeeezus, what a rage, how "cool," aahhhhh!
Huge Aloha to the Key West venture crew!!!!



 
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floratina
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 998
From: West Los Angeles
Posted: 2003-06-29 11:37 pm   Permalink

Just spoke with the gang. They were at a bar called Sloppy Joe's in Key West and they cavorted in front of the webcam so's I (and anyone else who got a cellular head's up) could see them.

 
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Hoahele Howard
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Joined: Feb 02, 2003
Posts: 26
Posted: 2003-06-30 12:30 am   Permalink

A great event, great location, great fun, and great people.

Lots of stuff for sale both up in the Coral Room and on the vendor's floor. It was hard to walk away from either without blowing a wad of cash. Too bad the Shag mugs didn't show up on time. I know they'll arrive soon enough...

I Belli Di Wakiki rocked the house two nights in a row, both at the party on Friday and at the Mai Kai on Saturday. Grazie!

Speaking of the Mai Kai -- what a place. This was my second time at the restaurant and it's just as wonderful as ever -- a Mecca for the tikiphile.

I'd like to post something longer and more thoughtfull here but my head is swimming with too many memories.

I've posted a little gallery of photos at
http://www.astropad.com/hukilau

Enjoy!


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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 3589
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-06-30 02:23 am   Permalink

Tim and Christie, Bre'elle and Tristan...what can I say....The whole event..Truly (as Mai Kai means....) "The Best". This place raises the bar so very high that one would have to discuss any further progress with Saint Peter. Kern, Pia, and the Mai Kai family have to be the most effective, exemplary, warm, personable, and knowledgeable people ever born into the Polynesian dream, and the hospitality sets a benchmark. The legacy of Bob and Jack Thornton is impeccable in every detail and cared for like the Sistine Chapel of the Tiki world. The show was so great I was overwhelmed....it's just a masterpiece. To all of you great people I finally got to meet: Gecko...your'e the real thing, Braddah, a true believer. Hope to see you at La Mariana soon...Ben and Al- Your persons far, far exceed your legend...a great couple of guys that run circles around us country boys...hope to see you soon on the Hale Tiki project..We'll get your bail all worked out and/or dial 911 in advance. Thanks for the shirt, Ben, it'll be in rotation by tomorrow! Pacifica and the Afa Tasi family...you stole the show. You exemplify the Aloha spirit..Al and Shelley-(low Maitre De voice: )-"Mr. Wolfe told me to inform you that everything is on the house...enjoy your evening at the Kon Tiki Paradise Room"..Your thoughtfulness is out of this world and then some, just great people. Thanks for the coffee can, card, and pendant. I sketched you out a Samoan war club in the car on the way home. I hope you like it...Purple Jade and HumuHumu (insert Barry White music)..charm, talent, and class...James-can we switch brains? This man has forgotten more about tiki bars than half the world will ever know. It was a pleasure; just let me know if you want something carved and we'll part-trade out for some artifacts...Casey, I soooo admire your job, my friend, and wish I had half as much in the charm department..I'll look out for C.T. stuff for you and have to visit soon to check out the Tropics in person..Kukelele, I'd trust you with my life. If you want the best, that's the guy, period. Holden, you're at the top of your game and strictly a class act...Kava King and Michelle, your drinks await, so get up here! TikiVixen, Vern, Powerofthetiki, Traderpup, Lance, Doctor Z, Mr. Smiley, TikiGreg, it was a pleasure meetin you and you all are welcome anytime at the Paradise Room if you happen through Georgia. Anybody that has a "Hey, what about me" please speak up..You all drink for free at the KTPR...This big oaf from Jawja and his Wahine had a blast. I'm drooling for next year like an Ed Roth caRTOON~!







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tikibob
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 268
From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2003-06-30 05:51 am   Permalink

Just a brief shout to say what a blast the 2003 Hukilau was! I will detail more later but for now, let me say that all the organizers, vendors and participants did a great job. The tiki gods smiled upon us.

The venue was great. Mai Kai, hotel, beach everything!

I was at the closing of the Kahiki and everyone kept saying how it was the ultimate Polynesian bar/restaurant. Well, with respect, I submit that the Mai Kai lacks nothing comparted to the Kahiki, and more importantly, continues to live on.

The weekend was really great. The thing that struck me during the weekend is what great friendships we all have experienced because of our love of tiki. I get the warmest feelings from you guys. There is just an indescribable happiness that I get inside when I talk with the people that I have met through our common interest. I don't get that anywhere else.

Special thanks to Kiliki for the great work. I got to spend more time with her this year and she is one helluva tiki woman and event organizer.

Photos and more comments to come.

Mahalo and appreciation to all,

TB

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CaseyJPS
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Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 184
From: Palm Springs
Posted: 2003-06-30 11:21 am   Permalink

WOW! At the risk of sounding out-of-character, THIS EVENT ROCKED!! This was my first event and I am truly impressed.

Thank you Tiki Kaliki, Swanky, Trader Trick and Tiki Bree--you should be very proud of your efforts. CAN WE GO BACK TO THE MAIKAI EVERY YEAR?

Thank you for allowing the CTR to participate in such a positive life experience! I am truly looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Mahalo!


 
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manic cat
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Joined: Jun 21, 2002
Posts: 540
From: East Village, NYC
Posted: 2003-06-30 1:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the photos! Keep 'em coming for the folks back home!
MC


 
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Rain
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Joined: May 27, 2002
Posts: 431
From: Providence, RI
Posted: 2003-06-30 5:37 pm   Permalink

tiki bob is right - i am missing the sense of camraderie that was at this event already. i'm also ten times as homesick for florida.

all i can say about the event otherwise is - wow.
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Live from Rapa-Newi-England


 
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tikibob
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 268
From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2003-06-30 9:58 pm   Permalink

It does not get better than this! So spectacular an introduction by Crazy Al is needed!



Here are photos!

http://www.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=67b0de21b320d8f7a441

What a weekend!

TB

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Mrs. B
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Joined: Mar 12, 2003
Posts: 231
Posted: 2003-06-30 10:25 pm   Permalink

[quote]
On 2003-06-30 11:21,
CaseyJ@Calientetropics.com wrote:
WOW! At the risk of sounding out-of-character, THIS EVENT ROCKED!!

Nope, Casey honey, I say that all the time
See you soon.
Aloha!!!


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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 3589
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-06-30 10:43 pm   Permalink

Now that's a lucky optometrist (and I mean that respectfully, Al!).

 
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