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 9 years producing 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. 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 spends time mixing cocktails in her home bar, The Sunken Pearl.
Sherill Anne Gross
Sherill has been a volunteer at 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.
Vendor Coordinator, Chief Cocktail Maven
Our Vendor coordinator, Dave “Basement Kahuna” Wolfe, is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the Tiki world as we know it. Born and raised in Georgia in relative isolation from the Tiki/Hawaiiana world, he discovered and fell in love with the style quite on his own in the early ’90s and created a visionary Tiki world through sheer interest and obsession in his home before discovering kindred spirits in Tiki Central and in the pages of Sven Kirsten’s Book Of Tiki. Far beyond his extraordinary devotion and passion for everything in the Tiki genre, his legendary acumen for uncovering bits of Tiki’s glorious past in the form of artifacts of every description, his uncanny feel for the aesthetic of Tiki style, and his prowess for mixology, he is a highly accomplished Tiki carver and creator of all things Polynesian Pop. Once referred to by Sven Kirsten as “A one man Oceanic Arts,” his Tikis, Polynesian war club reproductions, shields, masks, and light fixtures can be seen in personal Tiki bars from L.A. to Paris and everywhere in between, and in modern-era Tiki bars as well as legendary Tiki temples such as the beloved Mai Kai. As always, we are thrilled to have him as a part of The Hukilau™ celebration.
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.
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.
Joe has been attending The Hukilau™ since 2009 and volunteering since 2011. His descent into Tiki started very young with a 1972 trip to Walt Disney World, where he stayed at the then-Polynesian Village. The deal was sealed two years later, when his whole family went to the Mai-Kai for his dad’s 40th birthday. At that point, there was no going back.
His particular Tiki concentrations are mixology – his professional endeavors often carry him to lands of strange and wonderful rums – and, as he calls it “the Tiki side of Disney and the Disney side of Tiki.” Oh, and the music. He looks forward to setting sail on The Hukilau™ 2014 with a motley and delightful crew of volunteers. When not doing that whole Tikiarcheology trip on eBay and Craigslist, he is holding court at his Tiki space, The Work In Progress (a/k/a Some Day My Drinks Will Come).
Bill has been attending and volunteering at Hukilau since 2004. 2013 will be his 7th year as the Official Hukilau Photography Sponsor. 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 Hukilau attendee 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.