The Hukilau Launches Tonight in Fort Lauderdale
Of all the world's sundry Tiki events, Fort Lauderdale's Hukilau is one
of the holiest. Tiki fanatics flock to it like pilgrims; it's their
biggest gathering on the East Coast.
This year's Hukilau will last for three days jam-packed with events.
TicketsSat., Jul. 29, 7:30pm
Prince Royce - Five Tour
TicketsSun., Jul. 30, 7:30pm
Foreigner w/ Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
TicketsTue., Aug. 1, 7:00pm
Double Feature: Straight No Chaser/Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
TicketsTue., Aug. 1, 7:30pm
Blondie & Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour
TicketsTue., Aug. 8, 7:00pm
The gathering starts with a Tiki art show at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Bahia Mar Hotel. At 8 p.m., the party moves to the poolside of the Bahia Cabana Hotel
(3001 Harbor Drive, Fort Lauderdale) with performances by countless
bands, a DJ, Elena the Hula Hoop Extraordinaire, and Marina the
Fire-Eating Mermaid. The next day features a Tiki bazaar with souvenirs
and vendors from around the world, a history seminar, and a night
filled with performances by more bands.
And June 12, there's a
"Tikimentary" on the Polynesian Pop movement (didn't it start with the
annexation of Hawaii?)
and then a whirlwind of mingling, drinking, and traditional shows at
Tiki's kitschy cathedral, the Mai-Kai (3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort
Lauderdale) -- legendary as one of the most successful restaurants of
the '50s and, for a while, the largest seller of rum in the United
"Hukilau" is centered at the Bahia Mar Hotel (801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort
Lauderdale) and other locations Thursday through Sunday. A three-day
pass costs $85. Less-expensive passes are available and cost $15 and
up. For a full schedule and ticket information, click here.
-- Penn Bullock
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