If the extent of your knowledge in tiki-culture is the talking parrot ride at Disney World, its time to wise up. For the past seven years a band of so-called tikiphiles have gathered in the City of Fort Lauderdale for what has become the premiere celebration of Polynesian Pop. The Hukilau 2009 isnt just an event for beachcombers and mixologists to mingle. Its an admiration of Floridas past. Americas vacationland was once a mecca for all things tiki, says Brian Crum, entertainment coordinator for Hukilau and drummer for surf rock band, the Intoxicators. The event celebrates urban archeology in a sense. This explains why a large portion of the festival is held at the famous Mai-Kai, one of the last tiki treasures. Crum continues, But, its also a lot of happy people with rum.
This years Hukilau features a Mai-Tai Paternity Test seminar with mixology author, Jeff Beachbum Berry as well as an exploration in exotica music from Jeff Chenault of Tiki Magazine. After youre done with class, you can jam out to the surf sounds of Los Straitjackets and the Intoxicators or sip your cocktail to the jazz of the Stolen Idols, among other music acts. Throughout the weekend youll also find a tiki art show, mermaid performances, and a screening of the first Tikimentary.
The dress code is casual of course, but a Hawaiian shirt is recommended. Hukilau runs Thursday through Sunday at locations across Fort Lauderdale. Events start at $20, with a $70 weekend pass available. Youll be able to pick up your tickets at Bahia Cabana Resort, located at 3001 Harbor Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Visit thehukilau.com for complete schedule times and locations.
June 11-14, 2009