Co-Creator, Co-Founder, Producer, Organizer | Email Tiki Kiliki
Tiki Kiliki, aka Christie J. White, felt the call of the islands as early as 6 years old, as her time spent after school was in an antique store where the owner had vintage Hawaiian LPs on heavy rotation. She then became mesmerized with Polynesian Pop at the bright age of 13 when she purchased her first Tiki mug at a Salvation Army Thrift Store. Her need to surround herself with idols & relics from the past could only be shared one way — the creation of The Hukilau™, an annual event celebrating the classic era and resurgence of Polynesian Pop.
She has carried her Tiki Torch on the East Coast for with producing The Hukilau™ since 2002 and her sub-event, Tiki Torch Nights, for both Trader Vic’s in Atlanta, GA and Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She has been quoted and/or featured in such magazines/media as Atomic Magazine, B-Metro Magazine, Tiki Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Home, City Link Magazine, New Times Broward/Palm Beach, Sun-Sentinel, Creative Loafing Atlanta, The New York Times, Miami Herald and Barracuda Magazine, among others. Christie has been featured in the PBS documentary “Plastic Paradise” and also the independent documentary by Brazil’s Duda Leite “Tikimentary”. When Trader Vic’s in Atlanta celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006, Ms. Kiliki was the obvious choice for the hostess with the most-est. Her commitment to The Hukilau™ is undeniable as she strives each year to create an experience that every guest can take with them for a lifetime. Ms. Kiliki currently resides in a mid-century home located in Birmingham, AL where she lives with Coco and Joe, her 2 felines, and spreads Aloha every chance she gets.
Sherill Anne Gross
Sherill has been a volunteer at The Hukilau™ for the past several years. She is drawn to how Polynesian culture is portrayed in Art, TV, and movies – where all your cares melt away and everyone is happy and dancing. She wishes her life was always like Beach Blanket Bingo! The Hukilau™ is really close though, it’s just missing the sickles. In reality Sherill is a cut paper artist and a graphic designer, who works in a theater and sews most of her own clothes. Marvy.
Amy Eggers (aka Orchid Wahine)
Hailing from the nation’s capital, Amy Eggers (aka Orchid Wahine) is honored and excited to return the The Hukilau as Vendor Coordinator —- with the blessing of Basement Kahuna, of course!
Brian loves everything about The Hukilau™ and is proud to be returning to help bring this amazing event to the world. On stage he’s a member of The Intoxicators! and The Disasternauts. Behind the scenes he’s just a regular guy sipping on some rum and getting the job done.
Chief Spirits Coordinator
Dean Hurst has been building on his service experience for 20 years with a varied background in different restaurant categories. Settling in at SideBern’s in 1999, he advanced from server to General Manager in less then 2 years. During his time at SideBern’s, Hurst has been able to create an ever evolving and unique drink list for the restaurant. His bar program enhances the overall SideBern’s experience.
In the summer of 2011, Hurst was promoted to Director of Spirits for Bern’s Steak House, tasked with advancing the spirits program for the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. The Epicurean Hotel opened in December 2013, with two additional bar programs and a cocktail/spirits curriculum for the classroom styled Theatre. SideBern’s is in the process of a major renovation and will reopen as Haven in December 2014 with a bar program focused on perfecting bar techniques and reinventing classic cocktails.
Beverage Media listed Hurst as one of the Top Ten Mixologist to watch in 2012. He has worked the industry events The Hukilau, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Portland Cocktail Week, and Tales of the Cocktail in the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP). The Hukilau has invited Hurst to a part of their team as Chief Spirits Coordinator. He is one of the founders of the United States Bartender’s Guild, Tampa Chapter and has organized the largest annual National Repeal Day event in the US, now in it’s fifth year. He holds the current titles of Director of Spirits Bern’s Steak House, SideBern’s and Epicurean Hotel.
Mixology Consultant and Coordinator
For the past three years, George has been helping out with various cocktail activities associated with Hukilau, including as a participant in the mixology competition. He is looking forward to another Hukilau full of great cocktails. George is the creator of the Brevard Tiki Facebook group. When he’s not behind his home bar The Storm Shelter, he can be found around central Florida pouring drinks and promoting the gospel of cocktails as a member of The Straw Hat Barmen.
Ananda Keator Lewis
Ananda Keator is pleased as Planter’s Punch to be taking up the mantle of Volunteer Co-ordinator this year. Born in Florida more years ago than I care to admit, I now live and work in Maryland, sewing Costumes for Theater. I look forward to meeting and working with you! Aloha and Mahalo!!
The Hukilau Official Photographer
Bill has been attending and volunteering at The Hukilau™ since 2004. 2013 will be his 7th year as the Official Sponsor Photography Team of The Hukilau™. Along with the help of talented volunteers and his crew at go11, he has coordinated the coverage of all of The Hukilau™ events and produced 1000′s of stunning images that have captured the Aloha Spirit of Hukilau and serve as treasured keepsakes for attendees and more than a few Avatars.
“I am honored to be invited back as a sponsor again this year. Each year we try and add something new to the mix, Portraits in the Mai-Kai Gardens, greenscreening onto the cover of Tiki Magazine, Slideshows, Room Crawl Hosting with partners like the Mai-Kai & SPAM, etc… This year will be no exception and we have some exciting multi-media plans in store for The Hukilau™.”
Bill is a partner in go11, a multimedia group that in addition to Photography and Videography offers Web, Graphic Design, and Mobile App Development. go11 has created several Tiki-centric websites including the Mai-Kai.
Hukilau Graphic Design and Web Coordinator
Patrick has been an avid attendee of The Hukilau™ since 2005, as well as an occasional musical performer in The Disasternauts.
Having joined The Hukilau™ staff in 2014, Patrick is responsible for designing all printed media for The Hukilau™, as well as overseeing The Hukilau Official Website.