• Hukilau Mai-Kai History Presentation

    Wednesday 19th April 2017 - 9:14:21 AM
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    June 9th, in support of my recently released book on the history of the greatest Tiki bar on earth, the Mai-Kai, I will once again be giving a presentation at the largest Tiki event outside of California, The Hukilau.

    This year I am holding a sort of Mai-Kai reunion and doing a live panel discussion with many of the people I interviewed for the book.  Their first hand stories were the driving force behind the work. I had thousands of fantastic images and I knew a few stories, but getting the history straight from the people who were actually there was a truly rare experience. These folks are now in their 70s, 80s and even 90s, and it is harder and harder to get them together. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Come get your book signed by those featured in it!

    First click here get this amazing coffee table book, that is also an interesting read about Don the Beachcomber, Tiki and the birth of the greatest Tiki bar in existence:

    Book Jacket

    Then get your tickets for the event by clicking HERE.

    Here are some of those who will be in attendance:

    ANGEL

    Angel followed her sister Dee down from Chicago. She was a Mystery Girl and married singer Pat Gallo.

    DEE

    Dee came down from Chicago for Spring Break in 1959 and never went back!

    CAROL

    Carol was a Mystery Girl and Ford model who appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson twice in that role.

    TOTI

    Toti at center with the Mai-Kai Islanders review. He was the founder of the show.

    RANDY

    Randy on far right with his mother Pualani Mossman Avon on TV. He worked for Rums of Puerto Rico and his family are legends of Hawaiian culture.

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  • Mai-Kai Book Available for Pre-Order

    Saturday 6th February 2016 - 4:08:16 PM
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    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! This is going to be a big year for the Mai-Kai!

    Book website is here.

    Pre-order the book here.

    And come see me at the Hukilau as I give a presentation on the Mai-Kai.

    Then come to my book release party at the Mai-Kai, tentatively scheduled for September.

    Then come to my book signing at Tiki Oasis.

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

    Saturday 6th December 2014 - 9:17:41 AM
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    Sample Cover 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 book that was just pretty pictures. Once I began to talk to the people around this landmark, I found their stories amazingly compelling. Now the book will also have a wonderful story too.

    I have worked on this book project in my spare time for years now. I have spent vacations in back rooms scanning images with my wife, and visiting old timers to hear their tales. I have tracked people down and interviewed people from Florida to California to Tahiti. I have a newfound respect for those who create books. It is a lot of work and time.

    I hope to get the book ready in 2015 and get it published. Please support my efforts by simply liking the Facebook page first, and if you happen to have something you think will help the book, please email me and share it.

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