Randy, far right, on a TV show with his mother in front of him.
Randy will join me in my Tiki Oasis presentation to share his first hand stories of the Mai-Kai, Rum, and Tiki history. Randy Avon grew up in the Mai-Kai where his mother ran the gift shop. His family is prominent in Hawaiian culture starting with his grandfather George Mossman who started Lalani Village which was inspiration for Walt Disney’s design for his park, to a host of performers including his mother, Pualani Mossman Avon. As SE Manager for Rums of Puerto Rico, Randy pushed the Mai-Kai brand nationwide. He has visited many of the legendary Tiki locales in their hayday. Come hear the tales we wish we could have experienced!
For a wonderful long read of the history of the Mossman family, read George Paele Mossman, Part I – The Ukulele Builder and George Paele Mossman, Part II – Champion of Hawaiian Culture at UkuZoo.
Member of the Florida House of Representatives for the 88th district
Pualani with Duke Kahanamoku at the Mai-Kai.
Randy’s mother, far right was the lead dancer with Ray Kinney and other bands performing at the Hawiian Room Hotel Lextington and all over the world. her dancing inspired the writing of “Lovely Hula Hands”.
Randy’s mother Pualani as the face of the Matson Lines, the early ship taking tourists to Hawaii.
Randy was Souteastern Manager for Rums of Puerto Rico starting in the late 60s. The Mai-Kai was one of their biggest clients and they spread the Derby Daiquiri across the country.
Randy’s grandfather, George Mossman center, opened the first school teaching the Hawaiian language and Lalani Village, the first to have a hula shows for tourists on the beach at Waikiki.
Alfred Apaka, Randy’s cousin.
The great Hawaiian Falsetto, George Kainapau, Randy’s uncle.
Sterling Mossman, Randy’s cousin