Tim “Swanky” Glazner
Tim “Swanky” Glazner is the Mai-Kai’s historian and author of the book “Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant”. He is co-founder and former organizer of the Hukilau, the second largest Tiki event in the world, and also a collector of Mid Century and Polynesian Pop ephemera. He has appeared in several documentaries and television shows about Tiki culture. He created the first Tiki carving seminar “Coon Tiki” located in the Smoky Mountains. He has written for Tiki Magazine. He is an expert in Tiki drinks and the creator of the Grogalizer, a popular Tiki cocktail website which helps people make recipes from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s books. His collections have been seen in books by Sven Kirsten, such as Tiki Pop, and in the Paris exhibition of the same name. He produced the Tiki Daze calendar. In 2009 he was voted “Best Mixologist” by Metro Pulse magazine. He is currently producing a line of Tiki mugs under license with the Mai-Kai. He is an avid fan of Midcentury culture and Tiki is a big part of that passion.