]It’s kitschy. It’s fun. It’s a one of a kind tiki celebration — and it’s all going down in Fort Lauderdale.
It’s the Hukilau. The annual Polynesian pop-lovers party known nationwide will be returning to Broward County for yet another summertime extravaganza celebrating tiki culture, cocktails, art, and more.
This year’s Hukilau will begin Wednesday, June 8 and run through Sunday, June 12.
This year marks the 15th annual Hukilau event, what has morphed into a five-day tiki fest that today draws thousands of tikiphiles from across the globe to kick back and revel in all that retro era culture with a series of symposiums and events including live music performances, dancing, and art shows served up alongside some of the world’s best rum punch cocktails.
For those of who who aren’t in the “know,” a hukilau is the name for the traditional Hawaiian festival held in the fishing villages across the island chain. Back in the day, fishermen would cast large nets into the ocean, trapping schools of fish for the villagers to pull ashore. The feast that followed was a celebration of the spirit of family and community, also called ‘ohana.