Leonce Picot 1932 – 2018 When I began researching the Mai-Kai book in earnest, the first person I tracked down to interview was Leonce Picot. At the time I thought he was the first general manager, but he informed me otherwise. He was an assistant manager from 1957 to 1967. He had been involved with Read more about Leonce Picot 1932-2018[…]
The original bar at the Mai-Kai was not the Molokai Bar, but the Surfboard Bar. It was made from real, 30 foot long wooden surfboards from Hawaii. It featured a diorama behind it that was animated. The sun rose and set as did the moon. There was a little village and a fire would start. Read more about Remembering the Surfboard Bar[…]
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[…]
The Mai-Kai created the Happy Talk newsletter to send out to the snowbirds back home to help keep them in their minds to return. All the stories about the girls are very tongue in cheek and this one is a fine example. This is the first issue. Good to see Lester’s Diner mentioned in the Read more about Donna – Happy Talk January 1963[…]
I’ve been talking to Ann Campbell of many years and marveling at her memory and her life. She has her own chapter in the book and there is plenty more that could be written. She told me many years ago she was in a postcard for the Oceanfront Cavalier and that she didn’t own that Read more about Ann Campbell – Mai-Kai Mystery Girl and Model[…]
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[…]
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[…]
A video preview of images from the book and my presentation set to a song by Toti, founder of the Mai-Kai Islanders review. Crank up the volume! Come to my presentation at Hukilau 2016. Tickets available HERE. Pre-order the book HERE.
This is Mystery Girl Angel. She was a natural almost platinum blonde. She wore a fantastic brunette wig with a fall to be a Mystery Girl at the Mai-Kai. No blondes on the Pacific islands! Read more of her story in the book due out in July!
The gal standing is Mystery Girl Lita. She was Miss June in the 1963 calendar. This ad was shot in front of the Mai-Kai. It’s hard to imagine how much room there used to be out front now that the highway is 8 lanes wide. It gobbled up all that real estate. Lots of ads and clothing Read more about Barwick Mills ad at the Mai-Kai[…]