In case you haven’t noticed, Fort Lauderdale is full of mid-previous-century kitsch. Florida is the closest facsimile of Hawaii in the contiguous 48 states. OK, California — but how many other cities have the Mai-Kai, not to mention a long tradition of tiki culture? Exactly. In celebration of the greatness of Polynesian-inspired, 1950s fun, the Hukilau is coming back to town. Dig out your Hawaiian print shirts, your grass skirts, and those old Elvis albums. It’s time to get down like it’s 1955.
The four-day event is being held at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel — AKA the infamous Yankee Clipper — and the Mai-Kai. The celebration features seven bands, four educational and entertaining symposiums, and tiki artists, tattoo artists, and vendors from across the world. A four-day “Aloha Pass” is $95, a three-day pass is $75, the Thursday-night poolside kickoff party on the Yankee Clipper’s Main Deck is $27, and the Friday-night main event — also at the Clipper’s pool — is $40. The Sheraton Beach Hotel is located at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The Mai-Kai is located at 3599 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-243-7709, or visit thehukilau.com.
Thu., June 6; Fri., June 7; Sat., June 8; Sun., June 9, 2013