The Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale

The Mai Kai.  Wow, what a place! For those of you who don’t know, this fine country of ours used to have many “Tiki” palaces in the 50’s and 60’s – an exotic escape from grey conformity of American life.  They fell out of fashion and most of them closed in the 70’s and 80’s.  In recent years there’s been a Tiki Culture resurgence, but that’s a story for another time.

The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale is not only a survivor of the original craze, but it is simply the best tiki location I’ve seen so far.  (Click here for some history)

Let’s go on a photo tour, shall we?

joyce and steve

Your tour guides, Steve & Joyce.


Joyce and friend

Joyce and her little friend


This, my friends, is a Tiki.

I didn’t have any good photos of the entrance as the place was packed with people and cars.  We had reservations for the 7pm show, so we spent some time enjoying the Molokai Bar, which as you can see, is intended to be the interior of a wooden sailing ship.




Let’s go check out the Mai Kai gardens…


We enter the gardens…



more fun




The main dining room – not so easy to take photos.  Here’s a little video.

Then… the floor show!

floor show

floor show

 …with some damn fine fire dancing.  You’ll have to go and see it for yourself.