Mai Kai in Holiday Magazine March 1962
More Mai Kai goodness pre-Hukilau
Just got this card to add to the Vintage Server Girls thread on Tiki Central.
Ms Swanky gave me a few nice birthday presents. First, a stainless steel mini fridge to keep all the assorted juices and syrups needed to make great drinks in the bar. Second, a stainless steel bar sink for the bar. We bought a house about a year ago and have been renovating and now we’re coming to some new places. The 3rd edition of the Hapa Haole Hideaway will be very grand, but, it will require a LOT of work and money. Not just a decorating job like times past, but a construction job with contractors and electrical, plumbing and carpentry work. I really miss the Hideaway, and so does she. But we also have work to do on the kitchen and bath, etc. So, those gifts really meant more to me. They show she’s behind this project.
As if I didn’t already know, my male friends are reinforcing it. She’s a keeper.
We still can’t afford to get married, but we’re setting a date anyway. It’ll be in April or May 2009. We’ll settle on an exact date soon. I did Hukilau year after year starting with nothing in the bank. We’ve managed a lot of goals that were difficult and we made them happen. So, we set a date and we’ll make the wedding happen too.
And in August or so, we’ll have the grand reopening party for the the bigger and bestest Hapa Haole Hideaway!
Repressed Tiki Memory
I was talking to an old friend today about Hukilau and the Mai Kai and suggested that if he had the chance, he should visit Trader Vic’s Atlanta. His response surprised me. He told me he had been there, with me! We took a road trip to Atlanta in 1996 which I recall. We had a heckuva good time. I recall stumbling upon the Clairmont Lounge, etc. But he tells me our first stop was Trader Vic’s. I have no memory. First I recall being there was around 2001. Weird.
Fun at the Barbeque Festival
Mai Kai Gals – Argosy Magazine 1964
The one great thing I credit myself with in the whole Hukilau event, is being able to promote and in some ways really help make the Mai Kai more well known and popular. We all love the place, but I love the people that run it. They are the best. The staff as well. Mai Kai.
I noticed there was not a good set of images of this magazine article on the web, so I thought I’d scan it and put it out there for everyone.
Considering all the images of this Barrel of Rum mug, you’d think they would be around, but I have seen this mug on Ebay once in maybe 5 years.
Kona Kai – Las Vegas – Postcard
I have been lusting after wanting this postcard for a long time. It’s finally mine. Why do I want it?
Could be this guy, waiting and watching on the diving board.
Could be these mafia guys, planning something harsh.
Could be this gal, smiling, cocktail in hand with the awesome hairdo.
Could be this red hot mama. But…
Really it’s just the whole damn card!
Vintage Hawaii Slides
Vintage Hawaii Slides
A few more of the commercial slides. You can see a big difference in color in some of these as they had become very red with age. Photoshop corrected them a lot, but they are not quite right.