The World’s Most Authentic Tiki Event!

Here are all the details for The Hukilau 2018. You can always check back here for more details, check the program, or stop by the registration desk at any time. We’ll have more details in late January for classes and other events. You can sign up to be notified of upcoming event info as it becomes available by joining our mailing list here. Please make note of what pass is required for different events, or if a special ticket is required. There is so much to do so pace yourself, plan well, and have a wonderful time. Mahalo!

  • Registration / Info Desk

    Pick up your weekend passes and tickets and don’t forget to get your official Welcome Bag with all sorts of fun stuff for our guests.

    Mai-Kai Molokai Bar
    The Hukilau Pre-Party at Mai-Kai

    For Big Kahuna and South Sea Passholders

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    10:30pm
    Historic Wreck Bar -- B Ocean Resort Hotel
    Late Night Mermaid Show with Medusirena Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid

    A special performance with MeduSirena at the historic Wreck Bar. This late night show underwater burlesque is for audiences 21+.

    Late Night Mermaid Show
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    2:00pm
    Historic Wreck Bar B -- Ocean Resort Hotel
    MeduSirena Marina Swimshow

    An experience that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy a drink at the Wreck Bar and watch as mermaids swim before your very eyes.

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    3:30pm
    Windows on the Green
    First Timers Welcome Reception

    First time to The Hukilau? Come join us for this reception for our newest villagers (Yes! You are now a villager) and let’s get the aloha spirit flowing. This is a chance for you to kickoff your experience by meeting some of our staff, guest bartenders, and some of our “seasoned villagers” who have been coming for 15 years or more! We also have a special welcome gift for you.

    5:00pm
    Pier Top Lounge – 17th Floor Hyatt Pier 66
    The Tiki Tower Takeover

    Back and better than ever, join us as we bring you some of the top tiki bartenders and rum experts from around the U.S and the World.
    Doors open earlier for South Sea Passholders

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    6:00pm
    Crystal Ballroom
    Official Kickoff Party / Tiki Treasures Bazaar Grand Opening

    Let’s get this party started! Join all the Villagers as we throw open the doors to the Tiki Treasures Bazaar and get the cocktails flowing. Kickoff Party and opening of the Tiki Treasures Bazaar with performances by Czarna Wolgastar, The Madeira, The Royal Pacifics, and King Kukulele.

    Included with South Sea, Big Kahuna, and Aloha Pass
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    10:00pm
    Pier Top Lounge – 17th Floor Hyatt Pier 66
    Luxury Exotica Experience

    Late night party in the Pier Top : Luxury Exotica Experience featuring Martian Denny Orchestra, and Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet.

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    10:30pm
    Pier 66 Hotel and Marina - The Panorama Ballroom
    Space Apes & Cavemen - A (moon) Rocking Party

    Didn’t get a ticket to the SOLD OUT Exotica Party? Or just wasn’t your thing? Our Space Apes party is going to be out of this world.

    Thursday night after we close down the bazaar, we invite you to join us for a crazy and far out experience.

    $25 Ticket Charge for Weekend Passholder
    Includes complimentary cocktails & performances from DJ James Brown, The Neanderthals, and The Disasternauts

    Already have your ticket to the sold-out Late Night Exotica? Great news! Your Exotica ticket is good for both parties – Exotica and Space Apes, at no additional charge.

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    Pick up your weekend passes and tickets and don’t forget to get your official Welcome Bag with all sorts of fun stuff for our guests.

    10:00am
    Maui Lounge Tent
    Weave Your Own Palm Frond Hat

    Fashion and Function. A Hukilau favorite, Tom Fowner will teach how to weave your own hat and weaving basics for your next creation. Two full hours, plus an overtime period to make sure you get all the instruction you need.

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    10:00am - 7:00pm
    Crystal Ballroom
    Tiki Treasures Bazaar

    Shop and mingle in the Bazaar as it is open almost all day on Friday. Catch a little sun at the Rum Island Pool Party and then come to the bazaar and find that perfect vintage aloha shirt or dress you’ve been looking for.

    While you shop you can stop by any of the bars hosted by our sponsors in the Atrium and help yourself to a libation.

    Included with South Sea, Big Kahuna, Aloha Pass, & Luau
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    11:00am
    TBD
    Go Go Aerobics with Angie Pontani

    Come check out the most fun you can have exercising . Angie will lead the group for an hour of go-go dancing. The more calories you burn, the more you can drink!

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    11:00am
    Pier 66 - Chairman's Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Blending Rums

    Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell will cover the art and science of blending multiple rums in a cocktail to add complexity, layers, and strength.

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    11:30am
    Pier 66 - Commodore Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - The Tiki Pantry

    Kevin Beary and the acclaimed crew from Three Dots & a Dash will share with you classic and new juices, syrups, mixers, and modifiers to create a touch of mystery to your cocktails. Classes are hands-on experiences in learning to make classic tiki cocktails.

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    12:00pm
    Pier 66 Panorama Ballrooms
    The Rise, The Fall, The Resurrection, The Redemption

    A history of tropical restaurants and drinks, beginning in the 1920’s, the peak in the 50’s/60’s, the decline in the 70’s/80’s, and the 90’s resurrection leading to the state of its current rebirth. Presented by Brother Cleve.

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    12:00pm-4pm
    Suite 2287
    Polynesian Pop-in - Mai-Kai

    All passholders are welcome to pop-in and pop-out of this Suiteposium!

    All welcome
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    12:00pm-4:00pm
    Suite #2087
    Polynesian Pop-in: Meet the Artists

    All passholders are welcome to pop-in and pop-out of this Suiteposium!

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    12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Poolside
    The Rum Island Pool Party

    More hours! More bars! And your admission and sample cocktails are included with your weekend pass. We’ve designed the pool party this year so you can sample some cocktails, catch some rays, shop at the Tiki Treasures Bazaar, listen to a symposium, and come BACK out to the pool for more fun and sun.

    Included with South Sea, Big Kahuna, Aloha Pass, & Luau
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    1:00pm
    Pier 66 - Chairman's Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai

    Tips and techniques from Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog for turning your home bar into a Tiki cocktail paradise. The cocktail recipes at Fort Lauderdale’s legendary Mai-Kai are closely guarded secrets. But for the past seven years, South Florida journalist Jim “Hurricane” Hayward has reverse engineered more than 50 of these recipes.

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    1:30pm
    Pier 66 - Commodore Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Rum + Lime + Sugar

    Learn about the “holy trintity” of cocktails with Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick in Paris, France. You’ll learn the basics of a balanced cocktails with r(h)um at the forefront. Classes are hands-on experiences in learning to make classic tiki cocktails.

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    1:30PM, 2:30PM, and 4:00PM
    Pier 66 Pool
    Learn to dance the Hula!

    Can you hula? Want to learn from one of the best? Join us on Friday at the lush Royal Palm Lawn near the Pier 66 pool as we have one of the lovely Mai-Kai dancers teach you the basics of the enchanting hula dance form.

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    2:00pm
    Pier 66 Panorama Ballrooms
    Who’s Your Daddy? The Pina Colada Paternity Test

    Global Rum Ambassador Ian will show us the dark alleys and sordid secrets when trying to establish the history and true origin of famous cocktails. Who is the baby daddy of the Pina Colada? Don’t leave early and miss the dramatic reveal.

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    3:00pm
    Pier 66 - Chairman's Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Evolution of Tiki Drinks

    Join Ayme Harrison from Death or Glory as she leads you down the path of comtemporary tiki cocktails. From Kreepy Tiki to her current hit bar, Death or Glory, Ayme is leading the way, and is showing traditonal cocktail bars how to integrate tiki drinks in to their menus.

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    2:00 pm
    Historic Wreck Bar B -- Ocean Resort Hotel
    MeduSirena Marina Swimshow

    An experience that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy a drink at the Wreck Bar and watch as mermaids swim before your very eyes.

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    3:30pm
    Pier 66 - Commodore Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Birth of the Tiki Drink

    If you’re going to open a tiki bar in Pittburgh, PA you need to know your stuff. That’s why we asked the crew at Hidden Harbor to cover the birth of tiki cocktails and lead you through two classics: the Mai-Tai, and the Zombie.

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    4:00pm
    Pier 66 Panorama Ballrooms
    Travel with Trader Sam

    What made the Jungle Cruise’s head salesman venture beyond Adventureland? Why open his first cocktail outpost at the Disneyland Resort? How did he land on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World? Presented by Walt Disney Imagineer, Kyle Barnes.

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    5:00pm
    Pier 66 - Chairman's Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Aloha Friday

    You have to learn the basics to turn out quality tiki drinks at home, but you can’t forget to keep the aloha spirit in everything you make. Danielle Dala Polla from NU Lounge in Bologna, Italy will share some of his techniques to add a little theater and fun to your cocktails.

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    8:00pm
    Panorama Ballroom
    The High Tide Party at The Hukilau

    The high water mark of the weekend! The High Tide Party featuring 10 of our guest bars, and performances by The Madeira, Black Flamingos, The Exotics, The Intoxicators, and Los Straitjackets.

    Included with South Sea, Big Kahuna, Aloha Pass, & Luau
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  • Registration / Info Desk

    You should have your tickets by now and have probably passed our desk a thousand times by now. Need anything? Please stop and ask, or just say aloha as you pass!

    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Crystal Ballroom
    Tiki Treasures Bazaar

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAY! Didn’t get a chance to make it to all of The Hukilau this year? Here is your chance to shop the Tiki Treasures Bazaar even if you don’t have a pass. If you would like to sample rum and sponsor cocktails you can purchase a tasting bracelet at the Registration Desk.

    10:00am
    Paint Your Own Black Velvet Masterpiece

    Rembrandt, Degas, Picasso, Pollack. No matter when, all the masters started with black velvet. California artist Tiki Tony will guide you as you create you own masterpeice. Velvet, brush, and paint supplied.

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    10:30am
    Panorama Ballroom
    The Golden Age of Tiki and the South Pacific on Television

    Tikiphiles seem to have history and collecting in their blood. Lucky for us, Ron Ferrell started accumulating an enormous collection of film and video of tiki and polynesian pop – from Hollywod, TV, and commercials. Enjoy the viewing and commentary of this irreplaceable collection.

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    11:00am
    Pier 66-Suite 2087
    Surf Guitar Lesson & Workshop with Eddie Angel

    Are you a guitar hero? Or ready to become one?
    Here’s your chance to learn and play with one of the best.

    The Hukilau is pleased to announce a very special opportunity - Surf Guitar Lesson & Workshop with Eddie Angel

    That’s right! Renowned guitarist of Los Straitjackets, and Grammy award nominee Eddie Angel will be offering a small group surf guitar class this year at The Hukilau.

    In a few days we will ask our Face Book community to vote from a list of 4 songs to pick the one that will be taught in the workshop. Here is the best news ……. one student from the class will be selected to play that song with Eddie live at the Mai-Kai on Saturday night.

    The Details:This not a class for beginners. You need to be an intermediate level or higher guitarist to participate. You will need to bring your own guitar or source one locally, but amp is not needed.

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    11:30am
    Pier 66 Panorama Ballroom
    The $1000 Rum Tasting

    Unless you’re using $100 bills to light your cigar, you probably haven’t sampled one thoudand dollars of rum on a Saturday afternoon. Here’s your chance. International rum expert Ian Burrell will lead you through an informative and luxurious rum tasting.

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    11:30am
    Pier 66 Commodore Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - The Tiki Pantry

    Kevin Beary and the acclaimed crew from Three Dots & a Dash will share with you classic and new juices, syrups, mixers, and modifiers to create a touch of mystery to your cocktails.

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    12:00pm-5:00pm
    Pier 66 Pool
    Another Rum Island Pool Party!

    More hours! More bars! And your admission and sample cocktails are included with your weekend pass. We’ve designed the pool party this year so you can sample some cocktails, catch some rays, shop at the Tiki Treasures Bazaar, listen to a symposium, and come BACK out to the pool for more fun and sun.

    Included with South Sea, Big Kahuna, Aloha, & Luau Pass
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    12:00pm
    Pier 66 Panorama Ballroom
    Bob Van Dorpe: Purveyor and Preservationist of Polynesia

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    1:00pm
    Panorama Ballroom
    Mid Century Makeup: 3 Decades/3 Styles

    Both a historical perspective on makeup and a detailed “how to” for the Lauren Bacall look of the 40’s, the 50’s Marilyn Monroe, and Twiggy’s 1960’s look. While the champagne is served you will hear from makeup artist Nicole Brauchler, including live demonstrations of each of the signature styles.

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    1:00pm
    Pier 66 - Chairman's Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Stocking Your Home Tiki Bar

    Make sure you’ve got your bar stocked properly. Christina Jordan of the Strawhat Barmen will take you through a shopping guide of proper provisions. As a contributor to Florida Today, and author of Everyday Exotic Cocktails, Christina knows how to simplify the tiki cocktail process.

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    1:30pm
    Pier 66 - Commodore Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Rum + Lime + Sugar

    Learn about the “holy trintity” of cocktails with Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick in Paris, France. You’ll learn the basics of a balanced cocktails with r(h)um at the forefront.

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    2:00pm
    Panorama Ballroom
    Carve Your Own Pendant

    Where did you get that pendant? You carved it yourself! Legendary carver Wil Anders will teach you how to carve your tiki good luck charm. Two full hours, plus an overtime period to make sure you get all the instruction you need.

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    3:00pm
    Pier 66 - Chairman's Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Blending Rums

    Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell will cover the art and science of blending multiple rums in a cocktail to add complexity, layers, and strength.

    Ticket Required
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    3:30pm
    Pier 66 - Commodore Room
    Okole Maluna Cocktail Class - Birth of the Tiki Drink

    If you’re going to open a tiki bar in Pittburgh Pa you need to know your stuff. That’s why we asked the crew at Hidden Harbor to cover the birth of tiki cocktails and lead you through two classics: the Mai-Tai, and the Zombie.

    Ticket Required
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    4:30pm
    The Mai-Kai
    First Dinner Show Reservation Happy Hour

    First Dinner Show happy Hour starts at 4:30pm.
    Mai Kai Reservation is REQUIRED.

    7:00pm
    The Mai-Kai
    Second Dinner Show Reservation Happy Hour

    First Dinner Show happy Hour starts at 7:00pm.
    Mai Kai Reservation is REQUIRED.

  • 12:00pm
    The Mai-Kai
    The Hukilau Finale

    Stay tuned for details on our Hukilau finale at the Mai-Kai.