Mai-Kai: History and Mystery Book

Mai-Kai: History and Mystery Book

History & Mystery of The Iconic Tiki Restaurant

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Rare Mai-Kai 8mm Movie


Thanks to this ad that appeared in The Book of Tiki back in 2001, we knew it existed. The ad could be seen in the back of certain men’s magazines and it served to advance the legend of the Mai-Kai.

Many years into my quest for all things Mai-Kai, I had come close to owning this movie. 1963 Mystery Girl Ann Campbell said she had the movie. She told me the movie was made by James A. “Jaf” Fletcher who went on to make national ads for American Express and others . Her grand-kids liked to watch it with the viewer that came with it. In fact, it is Ann in that seductive ad! She went to dig out the movie and old photos and found the box where it was stored had become the home of a snake who gave birth there and destroyed everything!

A few years later, Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove fame sent me a link to an eBay UK auction which was in fact the movie. The lady said she found it in a yard sale. This copy is very red shifted, but it is complete. I am still searching for a pristine copy.

Picture3_1This screen gets you ready for action!

Picture4_1This is in the original Molokai Bar, pre-1971 renovations. It was tropical thatch and bamboo. Yvonne is in front, and Ann in in the center.

Picture5_1Molokai Girls were chosen for various attributes.

Picture6_1Our gal Ann banging the gong.

Picture9_1The “Hut” sign, designed and built by David Stevens of Chicago.

Come see this footage in person, along with many rare images, video, and of course, first hand stories of the birth of the greatest Tiki temple on earth, at my Hukilau and other presentations. And get the book!



2 thoughts on “Rare Mai-Kai 8mm Movie

  • thomas

    Where can the movie be seen??? was many many times at the mai kai, starting in 1975

    would like to see it , please


    • The movie will be shown at my presentations, the next being at the Hukilau event in Fort Lauderdale.


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