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18 Feb

It was dead, but Tiki is back – like a Zombie on speed

Tiki Kiliki Productions presents…
THE HUKILAU
Experience Polynesia in America’s Vacationland
www.thehukilau.com

June 10 – 13, 2010
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Event locations include
The Mai-Kai Restaurant, Bahia Cabana and Bahia Mar
Press contact: leejemail@gmail.com
Event website: www.thehukilau.com/2010/
General event information: info@thehukilau.com

The Hukilau, in association with Seven Tiki Rum, Trader Vic’s and Tiki Farm, announces the 9th annual Hukilau, taking place from June 10th to June 13th, 2010, in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.

The Hukilau is a multifaceted event celebrating the past, present and future of everything “Polynesian Pop.” In bringing together all aspects of Tiki and Polynesian Pop Culture, including entertainment, music, visual art, mixology, food, fashion, cultural and social history, the goal of this four-day extravaganza is to bring together Tiki lovers and curiosity seekers from all over the world for the ultimate party and vacation weekender which is every bit as illuminating as it is entertaining. Promoters estimate 1000 attendees to partake in this year’s Hukilau.

The Hukilau 2010 featured events:

The Hukilau has the distinct privilege of presenting the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Oceanic collection donated by none other than the Mai-Kai itself in the early 1970s. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view this world-class collection.

The Hukilau special guest, artist SHAG will be debuting three new paintings as part of the on-site Harold Golen curated art installation “Poly Blend.”
The master of mixology, author Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (author of the groundbreaking drink recipe books “Grog Log” and “Intoxica!”) returns with an all-new seminar about The Suffering Bastard, a classic and revered rum based drink.

Florida historian Lu Vickers, author of “Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida’s Oldest Roadside Attractions” will delight and enthrall with her seminar, slide show and vintage film footage.

The Hukilau 2010 has not one but two film debuts in store. Filmmaker Jochen Hirschfeld presents the world premiere of “The DVD Of Tiki,” five years in the making, for which a film crew traveled the Pacific for 101 days capturing both the true South Seas and its pop culture reinvention – a true labor of love. Duda Leite, back from Sao Paulo, Brazil, brings a full feature-length version of his fabulous Tiki documentary, “Tikimentary: In Search Of The Lost Paradise,” all about The Hukilau and the modern-day Tiki movement!

Entertainers include:
* Garage rock legends The Woggles, featuring The Mighty Manfred of Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel on Sirius Radio.
* Frat garagerockers, The Neanderthals
* Straight from Japan, The Sweet Hollywaiians
* The Bikini Beachcombers
* Stolen Idols
* The Intoxicators!
* Ukulele toting comedian King Kukulele emcees the whole weekend.

Hukilau “Virgins” and Those Back by Popular Demand:
* From Los Angeles, DJ Lee of garage, surf and exotica indie label, Dionysus Records
* DJ Dr. Scopitone
* Marina, the Fire Eating Mermaid
* Candy Del Rio
* Elena the Hula Hoop Girl
* DJ Lounge Laura Taylor of radio WMNF’s long-standing “Surface Noise” show

The Hukilau 2010 Special Events:
* The return of the Hukilau Room Crawl!
* The return of the long-awaited “Sarong-O-Rama Fashion Show”!

The Hukilau also makes available unique limited edition event-only mugs, glassware and other merchandise to its attendees.

EVENT VENUES
Hukilau 2010 events and seminars will take place in three Ft. Lauderdale venues: The Mai-Kai is a Tiki-themed restaurant which opened to the public on December 28, 1956 and is one of the few “Grand Polynesian Palaces of Tiki” still in operation today. The restaurant includes eight dining rooms, a bar, tropical gardens with walking paths and waterfalls, and a stage in the center to showcase the Polynesian Islander Revue floor show. The Bahia Cabana, a Key West style hotel, is located directly across from Fort Lauderdale’s famous white sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean and includes a waterfront patio and bar overlooking the area’s largest Boat Marina. The Bahia Mar Beach Resort occupies 44 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway and has a colorful and interesting history that goes back to 1875 when it was the site for a house of refuge to provide shelter for survivors of the areas frequent shipwrecks. Event specific rooms at The Bahia Cabana are already sold out. Bahia Mar has plenty of rooms (with marina views) available for the incredible rate of $114.00 per night

Mai-Kai Restaurant
3599 N. Federal Hwy
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(954) 563-3272
www.maikai.com

Bahia Cabana
3001 Harbor Dr,
Fort Lauderdale, Fl, 33316
(954) 523-4620
www.bahiacabanaresort.com

Bahia Mar
801 Seabreeze Blvd,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
(954) 764-2233
www.bahiamarhotel.com

For more event information, images, interviews with event organizer Tiki Kiliki and performers, contact Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts: 818-848-2698 (p),818-848-2699 (f), leejemail@gmail.com, www.leejosephpublicity.com

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