Dee Jay Sensitive Side's Guide to Hukilau 2010 for South Floridians

The Hukilau, named after the traditional Hawaiian fishing village festivals of old, has been netting in Tiki-philes and Polynesian Pop enthusiasts from all over the world to the sunny shores of South Florida since 2003. Co-founder and Producer/Organizer Christie White aka Tiki Kaliki has been busting her ass for the last nine years putting together one of the world's best and most respected celebrations of Tiki culture.

Close to 80 percent of those in attendance travel from far and wide, some for thousands of miles, to participate in this sacred celebration of all things Tiki. As South Floridians, thanks to our tropical climate and close proximity to legendary Tiki bar/restaurant Mai Kai, we have the privilege of only suffering a short car ride to witness these unique festivities. For those unfamiliar with the Hukiau or Tiki culture in general, I have summarized the weekend's events into an easy-to-follow itinerary that with the price of admission will get you a round-robin crash course into the world of all things Tiki: Fire-eating mermaids, seminars from jet-setting Polynesian cocktail aficionados, art and fashion Shows, Tiki markets, bands playing poolside, DJs, go-go dancers and hula-hoopers and the list goes on!

I would also like to add from personal experience, to those who may be

weary about feeling out of place, that the Hukilau-ers are an extremely

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friendly bunch and among the least pretentious people you will find so

strongly dedicated to such a niche and seemingly obscure culture.  

Friday: When 8 p.m. rolls around,

get it together for the not-to-be-missed Hukilau Main Event in the Sky

Lounge (Bahia Cabana's Western Penthouse) featuring live performances

by the Neanderthals, Sweet Hollywaiians, Stolen Idols, Walk the Plank,

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Candy Del Rio, Reverend Valentine and

hosted by Hukilau staple King Kukulele.  Wind down the evening again

with James Brown's Sweat before heading home and passing out face down

in your bed.

Saturday:  Early afternoon you'll have the opportunity to revisit the

Art Show and Tiki Treasures Bazaar as well as attend the Sarong-O-Rama

fashion show and catch a screening of Duda Leite's Tikimentary in the

Grandview Room. A group photo at 3 p.m. and from then on its all about

the Mai Kai. Please be aware that no Hukilau ticket is required to

attend the following events at the Mai Kai but you MUST make your own

reservations in order to catch a dinner show in the Samoa and Tahiti

dining areas. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. first happy hour show in Mai Kai's Molokai Bar

featuring The Bikini Beachcombers. 5 p.m. seating for the first dinner

show.  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. second happy hour in the Molokai Bar with Stolen

Idols.  8:30 p.m. second dinner show followed by Walk the Plank  and the

Intoxicators in the Samoa and Tahiti Dining Areas. And 10 to 12 p.m., back to

the Molokai Bar with the Sweet Hollywaiians. If you have never

witnessed a Mai Kai Dinner Show this is highly recommended, no Hukilau

experience is complete without it.  

Sunday: 11a.m.  to 2 p.m. is the fond farewell to your Hukilau weekend -- poolside

at the Bahia Cabana for lunch and final performances from select

Hukilau entertainers  If you have done as instructed you'll be bidding "aloha" to all your newfound friends and heading home for some much

needed rest. Note: If you've avoided the festivities thus far for

monetary reasons Sunday afternoon is your opportunity to catch a small

slice of what you've missed all weekend free of charge.  

Make sure to check for the complete listing of event times and locations. 

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