I had never heard of the Fiji dining room at the Mai-Kai. No one I talked to ever mentioned it. I had never thought to name the 5 dining rooms that the articles said were in the original restaurant, but even if I did I might have assumed they included Garden as a dining room Read more about Mystery of the Fiji Room[…]
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[…]
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[…]
A couple on their honeymoon in 1959 came to the Mai-Kai. They revisited a few years ago and gave the Mai-Kai this photo. Of note are the entrance doors. 2 big mahogany doors with “Mai-Kai” spelled out in bamboo on the left and the cannibal trio carvings on the right door. When they entered the Read more about #TBT 1959 Mai-Kai Entrance and Drink Menu[…]
Via Google maps you can now explore inside the Mai-Kai and through the gardens in 3-D. Click here.
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[…]
They may not be the most exciting pieces in the collection, but when you have been searching for years for something and finally get it, it is very satisfying. The above card shows the Mai-Kai in 1972. At left you see the 22 foot Barney West Moai that is still there today. Near the center Read more about Two New Postcards in the Collection[…]
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.
March 1964 image from the Mai-Kai’s “Happy Talk” newsletter. The Mai-Kai was the backdrop to many ad campaigns.
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[…]