Presentation and Signing at Cane Rhum Bar, Charleston, SC Nov 19

We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen in our second home of Charleston, SC. Barbados born author and chef, Paul Yellin, has been wanting to fully bring his roots to his food and this is it. Barbados is also where rum was born, and Paul blends rum and food Read more about Presentation and Signing at Cane Rhum Bar, Charleston, SC Nov 19[…]

Nani Maka – Tropical Maiden

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 Read more about Nani Maka – Tropical Maiden[…]

Randy Avon & the Mossman Family

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 Read more about Randy Avon & the Mossman Family[…]

Tiki Oasis Presentation and Book Signing

Join me at the oldest, biggest, and grandest Tiki event in the world, Tiki Oasis, for a special Mai-Kai history presentation, and the West Coast premier of the book! Don the Beachcomber: The Mai-Kai’s Father, will explore how Donn Beach took South Pacific and Caribbean inspiration and created the Tiki era, and how he inspired Read more about Tiki Oasis Presentation and Book Signing[…]

Book Release Party at the Mai-Kai – Sept 17th

The only place to officially celebrate the release of my book is the Mai-Kai. Join me in Fort Lauderdale September 17th for a special event. On Saturday the 17th we will welcome everyone to a history presentation in the Mai-Kai and a book signing in the Molokai Bar afterwards. Reservations should be made through the Mai-Kai. You Read more about Book Release Party at the Mai-Kai – Sept 17th[…]

South Pacific Hollandale Florida Video

An interesting bit about the history of one of the Mai-Kai’s rivals, the South Pacific in Hollandale Florida. None of the people I interviewed considered this place, or any other Polynesian restaurant in the area, as a true rival. Like Western Sizzler is a rival of Ruth’s Chris. The Mai-Kai was far and away in a Read more about South Pacific Hollandale Florida Video[…]

Woody Woodbury – BITOA

Woody Woodbury was a comedian who was a regular at the Mai-Kai. In fact, I think he still lives strolling distance from the place today. He was most famous for his adult comedy records. He formed a club back in the good-old-days centered around the motto BITOA, Booze Is The Only Answer. There was a Read more about Woody Woodbury – BITOA[…]