#TBT 1958-59 The Okole Maluna Society

This short lived idea to reward the regulars and promote camaraderie was another crazy brain-child of the Mai-Kai managers and owners. This mini version of the drink menu was created by Leonce Picot before he had any idea what they would do with it. On a specific date, everyone received the cards. Each drink they Read more about #TBT 1958-59 The Okole Maluna Society[…]

Mariano Licudine – “The Houdini of the Liquids”

Mariano Licudine didn’t get the coverage I wanted in the book. I just was too pressed for time. I hope the full story gets written. The Thorntons did something rare and amazing with Mariano, they put a spotlight on him. He wasn’t an anonymous staff member hidden in the kitchen as were most bartenders at Read more about Mariano Licudine – “The Houdini of the Liquids”[…]

Donna – Happy Talk January 1963

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[…]

Ann Campbell – Mai-Kai Mystery Girl and Model

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 History, Mystery and Community of Tiki Bar Loyalty Clubs

A nice article on Tales of the Cocktail about drinking clubs at Tiki establishments. There is a chapter in my book on the Mai-Kai’s Okole Maluna Society, the originator of the idea. Best quote in the book about the Society by Bob van Dorpe: “I think we killed a few people.” Order the book here. Read more about The History, Mystery and Community of Tiki Bar Loyalty Clubs[…]

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[…]

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[…]