Jun 042017
 
Hukilau

Prepare yourself for a weekend of Mid-Century Americana, when escapism was on the corner of any major city in America – at the local Tiki bar. The Tiki resurgence is here to stay and with an event like The Hukilau™, you’re instantly transported into a past golden age that many of us never had the chance to experience…until now! Think Mad Men, only throw in a flower lei and an authentic Mai-Tai.  Highlights for the 16th Annual gathering taking place June 7-11, 2017 include more music and entertainment, more Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy classes, the full lineup of bands and pop-up bars, more bars added to the Rum Island Pool Party, a new symposium, and a detailed daily schedule spread over two venues: The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

What is a Hukilau?

A Hukilau [hoo kee lau’] is a method of fishing in ancient villages of Hawaii. Villagers would cast a large net into the sea, herding the fish, then slowly pulled it to shore. The feast that followed was meant to emphasize the spirit of family and community, or ‘ohana. Our mainland Hukilau is a metaphorical net thrown out to the entire world, bringing the lovers of “Polynesian Pop” or “Tiki”culture together for our own special celebration.

Here’s an abbreviated (yes, shortened!) schedule of events as summarized by The Atomic Grog Blog

Wednesday, June 7

Noon-6 p.m. – Registration at Pier 66
8 p.m. – Pre-Party in The Molokai Bar at The Mai-Kai featuring DJ James Brown’s Sweat. (South Seas and Big Kahuna passholders)
10:30 p.m. – MeduSirena’s After Dark Burlesque Swim Review at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort (sold out)

Thursday, June 8
All events at Pier 66 unless noted

2 p.m. – MeduSirena’s South Seas Swimshow at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort [Tickets]
3:30-4:30 p.m. – First Timers Welcome Reception (Crystal Atrium)
4-7 p.m. – Tiki Tower Takeover in the Pier Top Lounge. Enjoy special cocktails crafted by four world-class bars. (Sold out)
5:30-10 p.m. – Kickoff Party and Tiki Treasures Bazaar Grand Opening in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Be the first to see all the vendors while you sample rum and cocktails. Live performance by The Mermers at 7 p.m. (Multi-day passes or Thursday Night Pass)
8:30 p.m. – Dive-In Movie: Blue Hawaii on the Royal Palm Lawn (free).
10 p.m.-1 a.m. – Blue Hawaii Party in the Panorama Ballroom featuring DJ James Brown’s Sweat. Admission ($25) includes cocktails from Blue Chair Bay Rum.
10 p.m. – The Rat Pack in the Saturn Lounge. Go back in time as the Pier Top Lounge is transformed into a mid-century cocktail party where you can sip Martinis, take in the view, and be entertained by Frank, Dean, and Sammy. [Tickets]

Friday, June 9

10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Tiki Treasures Bazaar in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Shop and mingle with the dozens of vendors selling their wares, plus sample rums and cocktails in bars hosted by sponsors. Music by DJ Lounge Laura Taylor. (Passholders only)
10-11:30 a.m. – Craft class: Weave Your Own Palm Hat with Tom Fowner [Tickets]
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy. Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home. [Tickets]
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Rum Island Pool Party. Enjoy cocktails from eight special guest bars from across the United States. Music by DJ James Brown’s Sweat. (South Seas, Big Kahuna, Aloha or Luau Pass)
Noon-4 p.m. – Classes: Learn to dance the hula and play the ukulele. [Tickets]
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – The Hukilau Rum Tasting – Meet your Maker. Sample some fine spirits in a small setting as company representatives tell you how they were created. [Tickets]
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Symposium: The Mai-Kai’s Untold Stories with Tim “Swanky” Glazner [Tickets]
2-3:30 p.m. – Symposium: The History of Rum in 10 Cocktails with Ian Burrell [Tickets]
4-5:30 p.m. – Symposium: Black Velvet in Paradise with Ron Ferrell [Tickets]
5:30 p.m. – Book and autograph signing in the Tiki Treasures Bazaar featuring Tiki Tony, Swanky, MeduSirena, plus bands such as The Surfrajettes.
8 p.m. – High Tide Party featuring live music from The Surfrajettes, The Hula Girls, The Mermers, Stolen Idols, Slip and the Spinouts. Burlesque by Angie Pontani, Lila Starlet and Jayne Champagne. Plus eight pop-up bars. (South Seas, Big Kahuna, Aloha, Luau, and Friday/Saturday passes)

Saturday, June 10

10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Tiki Treasures Bazaar in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Shop and mingle with the dozens of vendors selling their wares, plus sample rums and cocktails in bars hosted by sponsors. Music by DJ Lounge Laura Taylor. (Open to the general public)

10-11 a.m. – Craft class: Carve Your Own Pendantwith Will Anders (sold out)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Symposium: Nautical Tiki with Mike Skinner [Tickets]

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy. Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home. [Tickets]

Sunday, June 11
Noon to 4 p.m. – The Hukilau Finale at The Mai-Kai featuring three special “lost cocktails” plus appetizers in The Molokai bar and live music by Skinny Jimmy Stingray. (All ticket-holders welcome)
12:30 p.m. – High End Rum Tasting with Ian Burrell [Tickets]

Main Event at The Mai-Kai
1:30 p.m. – “The Menus of The Mai-Kai: 60 Years of Tiki Cocktail History,” a special presentation in the main dining room by Jim “Hurricane” Hayward on the history of The Mai-Kai’s cocktail menus and their evolution over time.

4:30 p.m. – First happy hour, The Mermers perform in The Molokai

5 p.m. – Seating for first dinner show (sold out)

5:30 p.m. – The Surfrajettes perform in The Molokai

6:45 p.m. – Announcements and first dinner show (sold out)

7 p.m. – Second happy hour, The Surfrajettes perform in The Molokai

8:30 p.m. – Stolen Idols perform in Tahiti dining room

9 p.m. – Seating for second dinner show

10:30 p.m. –The Hula Girls perform in the Tahiti dining room

11 p.m. – Skinny Jimmy Stingray performs in The Molokai
(The Mai-Kai is limited until 11 p.m. to passholders with dinner reservations)

More info and tickets

official website: thehukilau.com

official blog: the atomicgrog

online tickets: ticketleap

 

 June 4, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog