It’s time to plan on being a part of The Hukilau 2014 – the most authentic Tiki experience you’ll find in the world! The Hukilau is a 5-day Tiki festival held in America’s Vacationland – Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event draws up to 1,200 people each year from all over the globe – this year is our FINAL ALOHA and we expect our attendance to more than double this year! Our email blasts are sent to more than 6,000 Tiki fans from our database, and you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and hundreds upon hundreds of videos can be found on YouTube. The Hukilau is proud to celebrate our 13th Anniversary in 2014.
Whether you love a fine Tiki cocktail, you’re a lover of vintage lifestyle or are a true Tiki lover, The Hukilau is your weekend getaway from your every day life. Grab a friend for our many activities such as a voyage on one of Florida’s Oldest Roadside Attractions – the Jungle Queen, Hip Swaying Hula Lessons, A New Symposium by Jeff Beachbum Berry, SEE REAL MERMAIDS SWIM, Symposiums on Savage Tattoos, Porthole Bars from the past, Entertainers and Vendors from around the globe and much, much more!!
A Hukilau [hoo kee lau’] is a traditional Hawaiian festival held in the fishing villages of old. A large net is cast into the sea to herd fish then the villagers slowly pull the net to the shore. The feast that follows is 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 lovers of “Polynesian Pop” or “Tiki”culture together for our own special celebration.
The Hukilau began in 2002, and has grown from a small gathering into an international event, drawing close to 1,200 visitors from all over the globe to our special weekend in Ft. Lauderdale. Based at the historic Bahia Mar Beach Resort and culminating at THE Tiki Mecca, The Mai-Kai, The Hukilau is a special weekend that our guests return to year after year.
The Hukilau has braved hurricanes, brought in legendary performers, symposiums, art shows, demonstrations, craftsmen, vendors & mixologists, each year being better than the last (which is hard for our guests to imagine!). Our Final Aloha will be the grandest event of all.
The Hukilau is more than an event. It is an experience, a gathering and a celebration. For four days each summer, we treat our guests to an experience they will never forget. We celebrate Aloha spirit, great music and good rum. We reminisce about a past golden age that many of us never experienced. We dance, we shop, we sport our best Aloha wear. We forge new friendships that last a lifetime. We share drink recipes and watch mermaids swim in the Wreck Bar. We marvel at the beauty of The Mai-Kai. We escape into our own tropical paradise.
We can’t wait for The Hukilau. And we would LOVE for YOU to be a part of it.
The Hukilau is proud to be a part of the preservation and the greater awareness of the Mai-Kai – the greatest Polynesian Pop Palace in the entire world.