June 10-14, 2015
A Hukilau [hoo kee lau’] is a method of fishing in ancient villages of Hawaii. Villagers would cast a large net into the sea, herding the fish, then slowly pulled it to shore. The feast that followed was meant to emphasize the spirit of family and community, or ‘ohana. Fort Lauderdale’s mainland Hukilau is a metaphorical net thrown out to the entire world, bringing the lovers of “Polynesian Pop” or “Tiki”culture together for their own special celebration. Prepare yourself for a weekend of Mid-Century Americana, when escapism was on the corner of any major city in America – at the local Tiki bar. The Tiki resurgence is here to stay and with an event like The Hukilau™, you’re instantly transported into a past golden age that many of us never had the chance to experience…until now! The Hukilau presents:
- Tiki’s best barmen take over Pier 66’s Pier Top Lounge for special event
- Dawn Wells of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ to host a three-hour cruise
- Six symposiums feature Disney artists, Oscar-nominated filmmaker
- Live entertainment includes exotica, jazz, surf and rockabilly bands
- Exclusive event merchandise includes mug, pendant, glassware
Activities include Hip Swaying Hula Lessons, Craft Cocktail Presentations, Mermaids swimming at the famous Wreck Bar, educational symposiums on Vintage Roadside Attractions & Tiki History/Architecture and voyages through the intracoastal waterways of sunny Fort Lauderdale. Expect to witness live tiki carvings, traditional Polynesian and fire knife dances, revivalist burlesque and transportive music. And of course, we spend as much time as possible at the most well preserved Mid-Century Tiki temple on the planet, the iconic Mai-Kai Restaurant and Molokai Bar. Grab a lei and come escape into a world of palm trees, warm breezes, and create your own paradise. Get tickets and more at their website.
Renée Korbel Quinn | Mixology & Lifestyle Editor creating unique content for Eye on South Florida. A Downtown Girl Mixing it up in the South Florida scene. The latest in craft cocktails, craft beers and culinary experiences. Read my BITES column in Go Riverwalk Magazine and socialize with me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.