Nani Maka – Tropical Maiden

Photo by Bunny Yeager 1962

Photo by Bunny Yeager 1962

The true “island maiden” of our dreams, Nani Maka started as a trained Hawaiian hula dancer in Wailuku and performer at an early age. She became one of the first Mystery Girls at the Mai-Kai, until someone told them she was under 21 and she lost that job. She performed as lead dancer at the Yankee Clipper’s Polynesian Room and other Florida venues with Kui Lee and many greats. She was a model for Bunny Yeager. She starred in the B-movie “Pagan Island” and was the embodiment of the “naive native beauty.” She also appeared in the Frank Sinatra film “A Hole In The Head.”

On the beach near the Yankee Clipper.

On the beach near the Yankee Clipper.

She will be performing during my Mai-Kai history presentation at Tiki Oasis, as well as during the Tiki Oasis kick-off party at the Bali Hai. She will also be part of Luis Reyes presentation on monster movies and maidens.

About 1959 in Key West.

About 1959 in Key West.

At the Yankee Clipper

At the Yankee Clipper

 

At the Mai-Kai

At the Mai-Kai

 

At the Mai-Kai

At the Mai-Kai

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