These tips are designed to make your experience a breeze!  If you are a veteran of The Hukilau and have an insightful tip for us, please contact us to add to our list!

Common Tips

  • Registration: Make this your first stop upon arriving to the event. Registration times and location will be posted on the website before the event starts.
  • Wristbands: Wear them always! No replacements without a fee – sorry! This is how we know you are an attendee and this will be your way into events.
  • Florida Weather: Be prepared for unexpected rain showers and extreme heat and sun. Bring Sunscreen and drinks Lots of Water.
  • Bring your ATM card and cash. Not everyone will take credit cards and cash is good for tipping.
  • You cannot bring a container or drink into any of the main events – our team is working closely with the hotel on some pretty amazing cocktails, samples to be given at several symposiums, the Tiki Treasures Bazaar, Thursday Kickoff, Friday’s Main Event and all after parties.
  • Bring an empty bag or keep some space available, especially if you are flying, so you have room for all the items you may purchase.
  • Mai-Kai cocktails: Pace yourself!  We recommend that you alternate from the Strong, Medium and Weak pages of the drink menu.  They can sneak up on you and ruin your trip! Drink lots of water, while you drink!
  • Don’t be caught hungover, be sure and grab a bite to steady the Rum! With our busy schedule of events you may forget.

The Mai-Kai

  • Add their address to your GPS:
    3599 N. Federal Hwy,  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
    (954) 563-3272
  • As stated above, if you have a Big Kahuna, Aloha or Luau Pass, The Hukilau offers complimentary shuttle service – just go to tickets and choose the appropriate ticket according to the Pass you purchased.
  • Uber and Lyft are available for local transportation – download the apps and be ready if you need a quick lift!
  • The Mai-Kai has a large parking lot with free valet (though tipping is encouraged) and self parking for a small fee.
  • The Mai-Kai has washroom attendants. Be prepared to support this bit of throwback-luxury by having a dollar or two on you when you visit the restroom, for tips.
  • For first time Mai-Kai visitors – check out the Mai Kai Cocktail Guide on The Atomic Grog for information about the cocktail menu. The Happy hours can be very busy – so please be patient with the staff and other patrons, especially during The Hukilau.  If you have allergies or a low alcohol tolerance – this is a helpful read! The staff is very helpful so if you have questions – ask!

Most importantly – BY ALL MEANS PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!  Pace Yourself! Not just one evening, but through the entire weekend.

  • If you do not have experience with Mai-Kai cocktails like the Jet Pilot or the Zombie, they can sneak up on you when you least expect it and interrupt your entire experience! No matter what dinner show you are attending on Saturday night each one will include Happy Hour. The Mai-Kai Happy Hour now features all drinks and appetizers at 1/2 Off (some restrictions apply) so trying a couple is now as easy as ordering. Another idea to PACE YOURSELF is order from the Medium Page of the Drink Menu and the other order from the Strong Page‚ and order Appetizers!! Fill that tummy! Remember to eat!
  • We have seen too many people so hungover on day two that they had a horrible time and missed out on so much. A huge help in pacing is a full stomach. You will be surrounded by good food all weekend, the Pier 66 has several restaurants to choose from – check them out on the Host Hotel Page. The ‘66 will gladly prepare these meals TO GO! Not a bad idea to bring some snacks for your hotel room – granola bars can go a long way.


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