Dive deep into the archives to see rare video and images, and hear the first-hand stories documenting the pinnacle of the Mid-Century Tiki era. Hear how a few brash young men created the Mai-Kai by way of a coup at Don the Beachcomber and went on to eclipse that standard of excellence. The Mai-Kai became the playground of celebrities and playboys, and the beautiful women working there used it as a jumping-off point for adventure and fame. This is how this great establishment and its iconic elements came to exist, and the stories of the men and women who shaped it and went on to shape the world. This is a preview of Swanky’s book, shaping over 13 years of research into the ultimate story of Tiki’s rise and peak, the Mai-Kai.
Tim “Swanky” Glazner has been collecting and researching the Mid-Century for decades. He has shared his knowledge in various documentaries, articles, seminars and other media. He is an expert on the Tiki era, its music, cocktails, ephemera, and history. Tim is also the Co-Creator of The Hukilau, leaving the event officially in 2005, his work continues in Tiki for an upcoming book about the Mai-Kai.
Mai-Kai History Link: www.maikaihistory.com