Build Your Own Lifeboat


Tiki has been making a comeback lately by riding on the wave of the craft cocktail rage. The best cocktail bars compete to offer their interpretations of classic exotic cocktails and tiki themed events. And tikiphiles are traveling around the country to new tiki bars like Frankie's, PKNY, and Hale Pele.

Do not get complacent. Lani Kai in New York City closed on a day's notice and New England is mourning the loss of the longhut room at South Pacific in Newton, Massachusetts. As we always say: support your local tiki bar, it may be gone tomorrow.

But what if you don't have a tiki bar? Sure, you can build your own in your basement. Home bars are some of the very best in the nation. But everyone wants a place to go to with their ohana where they don't need to do the dishes themselves.

This was the dilemma in Columbus, Ohio. The Kahiki Supper Club lives on only in memory. The Tropical Bistro is gone. So when word came that an experienced restaurant group was considering a tiki bar concept for Columbus the Kahiki Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai wanted to know if this was the real deal.

The Grass Skirt Tiki Room

After some conversation with the owners it was clear that the concept was great on paper. Some people would be content to sit back at that point and hope for success... but the Moai take a different view.... do what you can to try and ensure success. That means organizing local mixologists, carvers, lamp makers, and artists to ensure that the new restaurant looks the part and can measure up to any tiki bar in the nation.

The end result is The Grass Skirt Tiki Room which opens to the public tonight. Columbus Underground has the behind the scenes story.

Support your local tiki bar. If your island doesn't have one, build one. Or build an outrigger and find an island that does have one.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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