Hukilau Room Crawl: Bahia Cabana's Hotel Rooms Turned Into Tiki Bars (But the Naked Guy Stayed at the Sheraton)

All a hotel room needs to turn into a bar is booze. But decorations such as this sign are a plus -- everybody enjoys a little ambiance.
All a hotel room needs to turn into a bar is booze. But decorations such as this sign are a plus -- everybody enjoys a little ambiance.
Photo by Reed Fischer

New Times Broward-Palm Beach Calendar Editor Mickie Centrone attends and details some of the finest -- and occasionally subpar -- events from a given week. On Thursday, she crashed the Hukilau Room Crawl at the Bahia Cabana Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

When you get hundreds of Aloha shirts together, somebody's going to be dubbed Seashell Guy, another person Spaceship Guy, and there's going to be, at one point in the evening, Naked Guy. This past weekend was Hukilau: It's a really famous Polynesian/Hawaiian culture-based bazaar, and it attracts people who love everything Tiki. But Naked Guy wasn't actually present at the Hukilau Room Crawl at Bahia Cabana Hotel on Thursday night among the herds of devoted Tikiphiles. (Every year, Tiki enthusiasts take over several hotel rooms at the Bahia Cabana, turning them into little Tiki bars for a room crawl.) Naked Guy was spotted on the eighth floor of the Sheraton, which is across the street, from outside one of the Bahia Cabana's designated room-crawl hotel rooms. And this room happened to be called the "Macadamia Nut Hut" (that's a pretty sweet coincidence).


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A ways from the beach, Seashell Guy waited in line to enter the hotel room, always with his seashell drink in tow. Why choose a seashell over a glass? "It's oceanic!" was his response.
A ways from the beach, Seashell Guy waited in line to enter the hotel room, always with his seashell drink in tow. Why choose a seashell over a glass? "It's oceanic!" was his response.
Photo by Reed Fischer
"It's a very cheap way to represent the Hawaiian culture," said the guy on the left about their outfits. This was also the room where I lit a piece of my hair on fire. What was between me and some mini French Polynesian drinks? A candle.
"It's a very cheap way to represent the Hawaiian culture," said the guy on the left about their outfits. This was also the room where I lit a piece of my hair on fire. What was between me and some mini French Polynesian drinks? A candle.
Photo by Reed Fischer
But don't worry -- the self-imposed fire hazards were in close proximity to the pool.
But don't worry -- the self-imposed fire hazards were in close proximity to the pool.
Photo by Reed Fischer
Upon entering hotel room number three, the mixologists shouted, "Welcome to the planet of forbidden Tiki!"
Upon entering hotel room number three, the mixologists shouted, "Welcome to the planet of forbidden Tiki!"
Photo by Reed Fischer
And the Forbidden Planet's drinks came with glow sticks.
And the Forbidden Planet's drinks came with glow sticks.
Photo by Reed Fischer
It was a space-themed room.
It was a space-themed room.
Photo by Reed Fischer
And the handsome dude in the corner was Robby the Robot. He was a big deal in the '50s, starring in several science fiction movies.
And the handsome dude in the corner was Robby the Robot. He was a big deal in the '50s, starring in several science fiction movies.
Photo by Reed Fischer
A Hukilau couple.
A Hukilau couple.
Photo by Reed Fischer
Humuhumu (the lady) was a walking Tikipedia.
Humuhumu (the lady) was a walking Tikipedia.
Photo by Reed Fischer
And this dude's hat was inspired by Burl Ives. If you guessed from the On the Beach at Waikiki album, you'd be correct.
And this dude's hat was inspired by Burl Ives. If you guessed from the On the Beach at Waikiki album, you'd be correct.
Photo by Reed Fischer
Spaceship Guy was in orbit. Headed to the Forbidden Planet. His prize collector's piece was a Captain Astro lunchbox.
Spaceship Guy was in orbit. Headed to the Forbidden Planet. His prize collector's piece was a Captain Astro lunchbox.
Photo by Reed Fischer

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