Happy Talk Winter 1967

Girl of the month was none other than Carol Sparkman, who was good friends with Johnny Carson and was on the Tonight Show as a Mystery Girl twice. She was also our guest at Hukilau last year and entertained the crowd with her memories. Carol, Swanky and her daughter at Hukilau 2017. We hope to Read more about Happy Talk Winter 1967[…]

2018 Molokai Bar 60th Anniversary

Reserve your place for my presentation at the Hukilau HERE. We all know today’s Molokai Bar with it’s nautical theme of a galley ship, but until 1971, it was a different place. After the huge success of the opening, they realized they needed a bigger bar to seat waiting guests (and get money out of Read more about 2018 Molokai Bar 60th Anniversary[…]

Inside the Desert Oasis Room Podcast

During the west coast book tour, and actually during Tiki Oasis, I stepped away for an hour with Adrian “Polynesian Pop” Eustaquio to do an interview for his podcast. It was great fun to talk history in depth with an old friend. We discuss the Mai-Kai, Hukilau, Don the Beachcomber, and current Tiki trends. Give Read more about Inside the Desert Oasis Room Podcast[…]

West Coast Tour August 2017

It’s happening again… I’ll be touring the west coast starting August 5th in Tacoma and ending August 13th in Palm Springs. Celebrating a year after the release of the Mai-Kai book, I and my editor Mrs. Swanky will be visiting the west coast. First stop will be Seattle and in particular Tacoma Cabana. I’ll be Read more about West Coast Tour August 2017[…]

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[…]

Swanky’s Headshrinker Recipe

For those who attended my presentation on the Mai-Kai and Don the Beachcomber at Tiki Oasis 2016, here is the cocktail recipe for the drink you were served. I did not oversee the mixing of that drink, so I have no idea how faithful it was to the original recipe. I was a bit stressed Read more about Swanky’s Headshrinker Recipe[…]