Friday, April 15, 2011

Has anyone seen my grass skirt?

Can you feel the gentle island breeze? Do you hear the distant drum beats? Are you ready to embrace the sun? Then you'll be excited to find out that it's almost that time of year for The Hukilau Tiki Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

Here at Shellbelle's Tiki Hut we embrace all things tiki! Thanks to my parents, I grew up in this culture; our garage was converted into a tiki lounge, we held an annual luau in our backyard for family and friends AND you all know I raised an amazing son who carves the most incredible tikis…

So, entice your senses with the alluring vibe of the Polynesian islands and the world of Tikiphiles while sipping potent potions this summer during the 10-year Anniversary of The Hukilau! The East coast’s largest Tiki and Polynesian Pop gathering will also be honoring the 55-year Anniversary of the historic Mai-Kai Restaurant, one of the remaining Polynesian Tiki treasures in North America.

This year's event will be held June 9–12th and it promises to be an exciting year. The Hukilau turns 10, the Mai-Kai celebrates 55 years and Fort Lauderdale is 100 years old!

A Hukilau, which is a traditional Hawaiian festival held in fishing villages of old, features a large net cast into the sea where villagers herd the fish and slowly pull the net to the shore. The feast that follows emphasizes the spirit of family and community or ohana. The Hukilau is our mainland celebration where we bring fans of Tiki, Retro and Pop culture from all over the world for an unforgettable weekend.

The Hukilau's Founder and Producer Christie J. White

“The Hukilau's partnership with the Mai-Kai, the world famous Polynesian-themed restaurant, has definitely been a key to our success and has set us apart from other events,” explains The Hukilau Founder and Producer Christie J. White. “Not only do attendees have the opportunity to enjoy the weekend with other Tiki/mid-century/vintage lovers, they also have the added benefit of a classic experience at this mid-century icon — complete with an amazing floor show, tropical gardens and a vintage drink menu that features hundreds of cocktails from Tiki's history! There’s no other place like it in the world!” 

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

The Hukilau 2011 is an extravaganza all
kanes and wahines won’t want to miss!

Be sure to come back to The Hut on Monday for your invitation to a special online World Oceans Day Beach Party I'll be hosting the day before The Hukilau begins!


17 Thoughtful Comments:

jmac said...

Whoa babee..........the tiki's are cool but I'll take one of the tiki boys....hubba hubba!!!! hahahahahaha......why does it make me chuckle to think of you celebrating this festival?!! and we definitely want pics of you in your grass skirt...shake it baby!!!

gpc said...

LOL jmac. Those tiki boys are adorable, sign me up for one of their dads! Love those tikis, what a wonderful skill!

Gypsea Nurse said...

This is fab!!! hey.. did you ever get a package from me?

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Par-tey! I'm so there.

rjerdee said...

Who knew?!!! I'll be SPIRIT:)

Loui♥ said...

Marina pooh!
where on earth did you find that photo of ME!
I did sport red hair at one time ,,
well maybe a few times..
and was known to have a similar body back in the day..
I shall make my appearance when you least expect..
who knows..
maybe I'll also be wearing your MISSING GRASS SKIRT..!!!
love you , my mersister of the heart and sea!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

My dad favored hawaiian shirts and mai tai's back in the 60's. I had a very cool silver tiki necklace that I would kill to still have. I wonder what ever happened to it? Shake it baby!

michelle said...

Oh that looks like so much fun!! What a perfect way to PARTY!!! Love the mermaid! Wish I could join you and I will be back Monday to see about World Oceans Day! Woo Hoo!!!

Jane said...

Sounds like a PARTY! Love the Tikis...and the guys!!! I can just imagine you in your grass skirt...shaking things up (and not just with your dancing skills! lol)


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi dear Rhonda
Well.. looks like your set for the time of your life... I'll have to remember to check out the World Oceans Day... my brain is a little scattered lately [lately you say!! haha]

So.. I really love that image of Christie. It's the whole package really.. the dress hair.. tats.. haha.. but the lighting is superb!!

Okey dokey.. have a great weekend and thanks for your sweet words my way.. ciao xxxx Julie

Anonymous said...

Luaus in backyard and tiki lounge in your garage - wow, wished we had been neighbors.

Desire Empire said...

OK This looks like serious fun. I'm adding you to my blog roll to spread the word
Best Carolyn, From the Aussie coast

Arabella said...

That sounds like soooo much fun, Rhonda. Wish I wasn't on the other side of the Country ;o(

Wishing you a splendid weekend.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Maybe I'm in the area! Love Marina, hihi!!!

Magdalena said...

Oh Shellbelle that is so much fun!! I want to live closer to you! And I bet your son is a sweetheart!!!:)
I like tiki carvings etc.. I'm always on the hunt for some interesting ones to entertain with ..
Enjoy and have a great day!!
Ps we ran into some trouble but the video is posted. It's Sams best work yet..
Were you able to read the recipe I sent you?? I think I sent it??? It's been a whirlwind around here and I'm loosing it lol!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your son is incredibly talented! I guess he gets it from YOU! How amazing! Now I'll off to read more! ♥

Sue said...

When life gets a bit stressful, I crave the beach. You can imagine that I'm having wishful thinking right now!

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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