February 7, 2013 | 7:48am
Aloha, South Florida. This June Fort Lauderdale's Mai Kai will once again be hosting the annual Polynesian pop-lovers paradise, The Hukilau.
This year marks the 13th annual Hukilau, a four-day tiki fest that draws all manner of tikiphiles from across the globe to kick back and revel in all that retro era culture including live music, dancing, symposiums, art shows — and more — served up alongside some of the world's best rum punch cocktails.
This year's Hukilau begins Thursday, June 6 and runs through Sunday, June 9. Expect a four-day weekend extravaganza complete with a unique line-up of live music, symposiums, guest speakers and special guests from the Polynesian pop world. The event is known for its colorful displays of tiki "exotica" including retro art work, surfer music, rum-soaked cocktails and Polynesian dance shows.
Festival passes range from $27 for Thursday night's kickoff party, to $187 for an all-access pass that includes entry to all four days of events, including the symposiums. A special "Welcome Aboard Package" includes exclusive merchandise, priority seating at symposiums, a private cocktail party and sneak peek at the Tiki Treasures Bazaar and art show, rum tastings, and more. Symposium prices are $20 per person, except for the always-popular Jeff "Beachbum" Berry presentation, which is $38. To purchase tickets go here
, and to see the event schedule go here