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This Week Miami 1959

While collecting way too many things related to the Mai-Kai as part of my book research, I bought this great 1959 weekly tourist magazine for the Mai-Kai ad. I got a lot of other great stuff as well. Gotta love…..

Mai-Kai Book Available for Pre-Order

My Mai-Kai history book just appeared on the Barnes and Noble website for pre-order. Coming soon to Amazon. Please pre-order and make your voice heard with the publisher to give the book more attention and better marketing. Spread the word!…..

Mai-Kai Sign 1961 in Color.

Rare color image the Mai-Kai “hut” sign designed and built by Dave Stevens. Chicagoans Dave and his brother made a wide variety of custom items for the Mai-Kai, from spotlight covers that looked like rocks for the exterior to fake…..

Knoxville Then and Now Mt. Vernon Motel

Known today as Futon World, it was the Mount Vernon Motel long before. Now it is wiped from the face of the earth. Wonder if it will still be known as the Mt. Vernon Plaza?

Mai-Kai: History, Mystery and Adventure – The Book

 I have been researching the Mai-Kai in one form or another for over 12 years. I have been seriously looking into its history and people for a long time to document the past. I had thought I would do a…..

Crazy Al Creates New Mai-Kai Memories Series Molokai Maiden

 Only the mastery of Crazy Al could recreate this amazing carving from the Mai-Kai. The latest piece in the Mai-Kai Memories Series is the Molokai Maiden. An unreal smaller version of the iconic masthead in the Molokai Bar. It takes…..

Mai-Kai Black Velvet Rescue

From the early days after we moved Hukilau to the Mai-Kai, I had heard about a black velvet painting of Mireille Thornton. The painting had been vandalized and the description of the damage made it sound horrible. Mireille was current…..

1972 Mai-Kai Calendar

The 1972 Mai-Kai calendar is now online.

Mai-Kai Calendar Girls – 1969

 Now online is the fantastic 1969 Mai-Kai calendar. This one features sisters Leila and Andree and their cousin Liva. HERE

Etiquette for Young Moderns

Gay Head. Just sayin’.

Redmon Court – Knoxville Then and Now

Another addition to Knoxville Then and Now is the Redmon Court. Not exactly confident I found it. You decide. Redmon Court  

Ridgeview Motel – Knoxville Then and Now

A New Year’s resolution was to add more to the Swank Pad, and so we have an addition to Knoxville Then and Now! This is the Ridgeview Motel in Clinton. See the place now at the site: Ridgeview Motel.

2013 is 1963 All Over Again…

  As a public service, let me bring to your attention the fact that the year 2013 is exactly the same as the year 1963. So you can re-use that 1963 calendar this year, and you can print out the…..

Swank Pad’s Mini Mai-Kai Mystery Bowls are here!

I am excited to announce what I hope is the first of my “Mai-Kai Memories Series”. This is an individual sized Mystery bowl designed after the 1950s original. They are on sale now at the Swank Pad Productions website and…..

Swanky – Knoxville’s “Tiki King” in Metropulse

 We were a bit shocked to find that Knoxville weekly indepenant paper Metropulse had made me the cover story this week. And I was very pleasantly surprised to find they did a really great job on the article that captures…..