Ohana you know you wanna!


The organizers of this year's Ohana Luau at the Lake has loaded our brain pans with lots of rockin' news. They have lined up some awesome bands this year. Thursday night The Neanderthals will rock us like it's the stone age at the Bedrock-A-Go-Go Kickoff party. During the event be prepared to be wowed by the sounds of 9th Wave, Waitiki, The Outta Sites, and Los Straitjackets. There will also be the charity silent auction, vendors, Luau feast and Polynesian performance to check out. All in beautiful Lake George at The Tiki resort.

Ohana sells out every year so if you want to join the fun make sure you line up your hotel and head over to www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana to purchase your tickets.

See you at the Lake!

-Tangata Maori Rogorogo

Hot Rod Hula Hop 6 raises $4,000 for Cure CMD


This just came floated up on the beach in an empty rum bottle...

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A tiki-themed weekend co-hosted by the Fraternal Order of Moai's two Ohio chapters raised $4,000 to help fight congenital muscular dystrophy.

Members of the FOM Kahiki and Kon-Tiki chapters recently presented the donation to Cure CMD, a 503(C)(3) nonprofit that funds research and clinical trials to find a cure for congenital muscular dystrophies.

"Your continued support of Cure CMD is not only appreciated, but sounds like it could be the most unique and fun fundraiser held each year," said Patrick May, Cure CMD chairman.

The funds for this gift were raised at Hot Rod Hula Hop 6, a two-day celebration of "Polynesian Pop" culture on August 8-9 in Columbus. The event included a tropical luau at the Grass Skirt Tiki Room, as well as a vintage car show and "rock 'n' bowl" night featuring live bands and burlesque dancers at Sequoia Pro Bowl.

"I am thrilled that the FOM Ohio chapters have been able to continue our support of CureCMD. Being able to make a difference in our on small way is why HRHH is held every year. We look forward to the day that Cure CMD recognizes their goal," said "Beachcomber Brian" Panzo, Kahiki chapter president and one of the event's co-organizers.

The Kahiki chapter represents Columbus, where the FOM was founded in 2005. The Kon-Tiki chapter represents Dayton, Cincinnati and Springfield.

The Fraternal Order of Moai is an Ohio non-profit corporation and a tax exempt 501(c)(10) Domestic Fraternal Society whose events and activities reflect their core values of Good Works, Fellowship, Spirit, Presence, Preservation and Celebration.

Be sure to fire up your engines and save the date! Hot Rod Hula Hop is roaring back to Columbus, Ohio, on August 7-8, 2015. Proceeds from the 2015 event once again will be donated to Cure CMD.

For more information, visit the website at hotrodhulahop.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/hotrodhulahop.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

And the CATT came back.

Chicago Area Tiki Tour 2


The Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai are proud to announce the return of the CATT. The Chicago Area Tiki Tour is a fantastic trip around the windy city checking out the best Tiki bars and restaurants the city has to offer.

CATT 2 promises to be a must-see event.

Save the date: April 24-26! Information about ticket sales, the host hotel, and itinerary coming soon!

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo









Pukapuka gather at the Crossroads of America


Light the torch and sound the conch! The Fraternal Order of Moai is pleased to announce the formation of the Order's ninth chapter based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Founding members of the Pukupuka Chapter are Fellow Moai Rev_Dan, FreakyTiki, tikimigs, LuckyPrimate, TikiKitchen, and Bob6.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

F.O.M. sends its annual donation to the Easter Island Foundation


We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014, the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, has donated $9,000 to the Easter Island Foundation to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui and the foundation's general fund!

The Easter Island Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, was named by the Moai as our national charity in 2008.

Funds for this gift, including a portion of general event proceeds and silent auction/mystery bowl auction donations, were raised at Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014 in Lake George, New York.  Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, performers, and attendees, everyone had "fun with a purpose" while raising money for a wonderful cause!

Our gift to the Easter Island Foundation has been split into two parts.

First, $7,000 will be donated in the form of four scholarships, which will be awarded to four Rapa Nui students for use in paying college expenses. Preference will be given to those students who intend to return with skills which will benefit the Rapa Nui people and island upon graduation.
CLICK HERE to read about the scholarship recipients.

In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $2,000 will be donated to the Easter Island Foundation's general fund to support the other work of the foundation which includes promoting conservation and protection of the fragile cultural heritage of Easter Island and other Polynesian islands. Among its many projects, the Foundation established the William Mulloy Library on the island; funds archaeological research; publishes a series of books about Easter Island and Polynesia; publishes Rapa Nui Journal; and sponsors conferences about Easter Island and Polynesia.

The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2015 in June and Ohana Luau by the Sea 2015 in October are rolling along. Come join the Moai and experience "fun with a purpose" for yourself. Find more information online at www.LuauAtTheLake.com, www.LuauByTheSea.com, Facebook.com/OhanaLuau, Facebook/OhanaSea, and @TheMoai.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

One year until the Luau by the Sea!


One year from today will be the start of the first annual Ohana: Luau by the Sea!

Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for updates so you can join us iun sunny Florida October 1-3, 2015.

And don't forget Ohana: Luau at the LakeJune 25-28, 2015.

See you by the Sea!

—TagataMaori Rogorogo

2014 Bridge and Tunnel Tiki Tour Date Change


Due to several cool events scheduled on October 18th in the New York City area, the organizers of The Bridge and Tunnel Tiki Tour have asked the FOM Test Labs to initiate program Aloha Spirit! We have learned that the program was a success and that the event is now scheduled for November 15th! Update your calendars and get your tickets at http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/events/battt/.

The 2014 "Bridge and Tunnel Tiki Tour" is Coming Soon!

Aloha, Kanes and Wahines of the Northeast!

The Te Aporo Nui and Kokoru Chapters of the Fraternal Order of Moai have announced the dates for the 2014 Bridge and Tunnel Tiki Tour!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 18th, 2014, and get ready to experience the excitement of the...

Join the Moai for a bus tour of some of the classic, original tiki establishments enjoyed by the "bridge and tunnel" crowds in the suburbs of New York City! Stops along the tour will include Jade Island, Lun Wah, Chan's, and more. In keeping with our commitment to "fun with a purpose," a portion of the money generated by ticket sales will benefit families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

You may find more information online by visiting the event's official online presence here.

Tickets will go on sale in the very near future, so check back for more information!

Until then..."Keep the Torches Burning!"

~Tagata Maori Rogorogo

2014 Hot Rod Hula Hop Recap


On August 8th and 9th the Kahiki and Kon-Tiki chapters of the Fraternal order of Moai held the sixth Hot Rod Hula Hop in Columbus Ohio. Friday night they celebrated the installation of the “George” monkey fountain from the late Kahiki Supper Club with a Luau feast. Each cocktail for the weekend came with its very own custom swizzle made by the Royer Corporation. During dinner participants were serenaded by Francis Llacuna while enjoying an array of cocktails and partaking in a tasty meal. Before and after dinner under the Aloha Tent, Roland Remington provided pleasant music for the attendees. Later in the evening Apocalpyso took the stage only to be followed by one of the most outrageously fun “Mystery Bowl” auctions in Hot Rod Hula Hop history. Auction proceeds were used to benefit Cure CMD. Vegas 66 wrapped the fun filled night up with the final performance of the evening.

Cars, pin-ups, and music oh my! Saturday afternoon crowds descended on the Sequoia Pro Bowl to shop the vendors, view the car show, and participate in the silent auction. The Aloha spirit and Fellowship of the Moai was felt throughout the event as everyone had a good time wiling the afternoon away. As the sun started to set Ooh-La-Las Burlesque took the stage for the first of three memorable performances of the night. The audience also enjoyed performances by the D-Rays, CryptoKats, The Coffin Daggers with the Supersuckers closing the night with a special midnight performance.

Events like this could not happen without the contributions of sponsors. Special thanks to Bachelor Pad Magazine, Capital City Scooters, Cats Like Us, Deadhead Rum, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Jegs High Performance Auto Parts, Oyo Middle West Spirits, Red Stripe Beer, Royer Corporation, Summit Racing Equipment, Surfabilly Freakout, The Hills Market, and Yellow Springs Brewery. Mahalo for helping make this one of the best Hot Rod Hula Hops ever! Please stayed tuned for news about the 2015 Hop and other upcoming events.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...


As the participants and Sponsors of this year's Ohana: Luau at the Lake event finally get back into the swing of their daily lives, we're pleased to announce the dates for our first-ever Ohana: Luau by the Sea event in 2015!

Presented by the Fraternal Order of Moai and taking place in sunny South Florida from the 1st through the 3rd of October in 2015, Ohana: Luau by the Sea is designed to be the southern counterpart to our annual Ohana: Luau at the Lake event in New York.

The annual Ohana events are considered to be the greatest, most action filled, value-packed, "biggest little events in tiki". They are also charity events which benefit the Fraternal Order of Moai's primary charity, the Easter Island Foundation.

Taking its cue from our New York event, Ohana: Luau by the Sea will provide "fun with a purpose" featuring classic cocktails, live music, DJs, contests, vendors, auctions, prizes, freebies, and food.

For more information or to express an interest in participating as a Sponsor, vendor, or entertainment, we invite you to visit Ohana: Luau by the Sea online at:

The Official Ohana: Luau by the Sea website

The Official Ohana: Luau by the Sea Facebook Page

The Official Ohana: Luau by the Sea Twitter Hashtag
Use #OhanaSea to help us promote the event via Twitter and Facebook.

We look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available and hope you are as excited as we are to bring the magic of Ohana to Florida in late 2015!

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

New Honui inducted at Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014


Nine Fellow Moai have received the blue fez during a ritual held at Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014 in Lake George, New York.

Only certain Moai are called upon to wear the blue F.O.M. fez. They are Honui Moai, considered a person worthy of respect and of authority. It is kapu, forbidden, for anyone else to wear the fez.

The ritual is the final step on the path before a Fellow takes their place among the Honui Moai.

The staff at Ipu Ki are pleased to present a laurel and hearty handshake to our newest Honui:

Chisel Slinger (Kahiki Chapter)
Foredeckape (Queequeg Chapter)
Nifertiki (Queequeg Chapter)
Professor Pineapple (Queequeg Chapter)
Reverend Ron (Gumbo Limbo Chapter)
Shaff01 (Tungane)
Stephanie (Queequeg Chapter)
Swizzle (Kon-Tiki Chapter)
Vince Martini (Tungane)

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

2014 Ohana Luau at the Lake Survival Guide


Ohana: Luau at the Lake is right around the corner. As we get ready to make our way up to the Tiki Resort in Lake George, NY, here are a few things to ponder as you pack for and plan your trip.

One of the first things we learned was to bring CASH. From putt putt golf to some of the local shops and especially the resort bar, cash is king as a lot of places do not take credit cards.

Speaking of... PUTT PUTT golf: It is everywhere and easy walking distance from the resort. Embrace it, Play it, and Enjoy! Hold on to the score sheet and compete in the Annual Mini Golf challenge. See if you have the goods to take one of those trophies home.

Lake George is a lovely time warp tourist town (Let's do the time.. oh wait). Make some time to take a steam boat ride or visit Fort William Henry for some of the best views of the Lake and surrounding Adirondacks.

If boats, forts, and pretty views are not your thing, wander the downtown area and explore one of their many shops and wacky museums like the House of Frankenstein or The Alien Encounter and Research Center. Hmm a F.O.M. Test Labs expedition may be in order for that one.

Meanwhile back at the Tiki Resort:
If you arrive early, Thursday night's festivities at the Moon Base Alpha Lift-Off party are the must do event of the evening. Don't forget to pack your costume and prepare to rock out to the sounds of The Nebulas!

Mornings at the resort can be peaceful, picturesque and, hmm, very bright. Make sure to fortify yourself at the resort cafe before taking on the day. Coffee and brown food for me please...

Friday evening brings along the creative and crazy annual room crawl. This endurance test for the liver is a marathon not a sprint. Don't be that guy or gal who needs to take a nap in the bushes when the parties going strong, you never know what tomfoolery you will miss.

Laze away the day in the pool or chill out sipping your favorite cocktail at the Paradise bar. While at the bar check out the juke box which has Martin Denny's 45 among the choices.

Music starts by the pool on Friday at 5 with the TarantinosNYC, Kahiki Seranaders, with 9th wave closing the night out at 10. Saturday the music kicks off at 3 with the Concussions, followed by Stolen Idols, at 4:30. But wait there's MORE...

Saturdays bring on the busiest day of the Luau. On top of the great music we have the annual Cocktail competition sponsored by Longitude and the Blind Rum tasting challenge sponsored by the Miami Rum Festival.

Under the big tent make sure to visit the vendors and sponsors tables. While there you can sample the spirited offering from our sponsors Barritts Ginger Beer, Blue Chair Bay rum, Brinley's Shipwreck rum, Cockspur rum, Deadhead rum, Kona Beer, Novo Fogo, and Rhum Clement You can also check out the wares of Tortuga Tile Works, Fashion Tramp, Zombie Oasis as well our other great vendors! Down the center aisle make sure to view the vast selection of items you can bid on at the Silent Auction. Bid Early, Bid Often! It's for the kids!

No matter where you are, a Ukulele jam may happen at any time. Grab a drink from the Paradise Lounge and savor them. The jams are AWESOME!

Around 5:30 you are going to want to grab a seat by the pool; at 6 the annual Mystery Bowl Auction will commence. This is an excellent opportunity to bid on some rare and custom Tiki bowls that will be presented to you with a special libation and Mystery presentation for your enjoyment. Repeat after me: Bid early, Bid often, ITS FOR THE KIDS! (Not to mention fun to watch!)

Immediately after auction the Luau and Polynesian show are the must see - must do event of Saturday evening. Pick up your food, take a seat and enjoy the show as the moon rises over the Tiki Resort. After the show sit back relax and check out the Drive-In movies. You may just see the entries for the Royer Video competition.

Sunday morning, that radioactive ball we call the sun will bring a new day and it will be time for us to pack up and take our trains, planes, and automobiles home. But wait, you have a hangover? Well, make sure you stop at the Hangover Brunch and find the cure that works for you. Say "Aloha" to friends new and old.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Legendary fountain from the Kahiki restaurant arrives at new home by The Grass Skirt Tiki Room


In 2013 the Fraternal Order of Moai acquired the iconic fountain from the famous Kahiki Supper Club in Columbus, Ohio, for preservation and public display.

The Moai, a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, successfully won the fountain at an auction of items from the Kahiki, a beautiful Polynesian-themed restaurant that opened 1961 and closed in 2000.


The largest piece in this auction was the Monkey Fountain, known as "George," that greeted people as they entered the lobby. Millions of people posed for pictures next to George while the restaurant was operating. Since 2000 George has been installed in the lobby of the Kahiki Foods building.

The Moai, in collaboration with the Grass Skirt Tiki Room in Columbus, planned to relocate George to the restaurant and put him on display in working order. Ownership of the fountain has been retained by the organization. This will allow tikiphiles and Kahiki Supper Club fans to visit him and pose for pictures once again.

Working together, local representatives of the Order and the management of The Grass Skirt prepared a platform and a plan for moving the fountain once Kahiki Foods had it cut away from the floor of the office building lobby.

Matthew "Kuku Ahu" Thatcher, founder and past national president, said, "The Moai are passionate about preservation of artifacts from the lost tiki temples like the Kahiki and this was an opportunity to secure a large signature item and place it on public display instead of a private collection. Having George moved in time for this summer’s Hot Rod Hula Hop was something we really wanted and I am really pleased that he is here at his new home."

Joel "Cowtown Kahuna" Gunn, national president, added, “Fellow Moai from all over the United States have contributed time and financial support to this effort and seeing George here today really shows what our Order can do when we have an opportunity.”

Carmen Owens, co-owner of The Grass Skirt, said, "Having an historic item from the great Kahiki, especially one of such significance as George, is amazing. It really connects us to Columbus history."

Once again this year The Grass Skirt will be working with the Kahiki Chapter of the Order on the annual Hot Rod Hula Hop, a three day tiki themed event in Columbus which will be held August 8th and 9th. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Cure CMD, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing research, treatments and in the future, a cure for Congenital Muscular Dystrophies.

There is more work to be done to secure George in his new home and care for him so stay tuned for the next chapter in the story of George.

Keep the Torches Burning,

-Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Spirits of Ohana


Ohana: Luau at the Lake is a charity event for the Easter Island Foundation and could not happen without the contributions of our sponsors. Among them are several spirit brands and ingredient makers that contribute to the fun and provide some of the special memories for the event.

Returning this year is Barritt's Ginger Beer, made in Bermuda and is one of the finest Ginger Beers you can find on the market. Every year they have provided some inventive and fun cocktails for participants to experience. Also returning to Luau is the Kona Brewing Company. Their Longboard Island Lager was one of our happy discoveries at last year's event. Finally, Novo Fogo Cachaça returns providing their special brand of Brazilian magic. This 100% organic spirit is not only a quality cocktail ingredient but is also enjoyable "neat". Make sure to try this award winning Cachaça when you have the chance.

Deadhead RumLooking for some new rums for your Tiki Cocktails? This year Ohana has several new and returning rum sponsors. Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum hails from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. They have an excellent selection of spiced and flavored rums for you to sample. Next up from Mexico is Deadhead Rum. With their unique, attention grabbing packaging, this gold rum makes a fun ingredient. Joining the festivities this year is Rhum Clement from Martinique. This line of agricole spirits has been impressing rum/rhum connoisseurs for years. Mix it in a Ti punch or other cocktail to experience this rum line's special flavor.

We have two rums from the beautiful island of Barbados: Blue Chair Bay and Cockspur Rums. Cockspur has been around since the 1880's and has a legacy of providing the world with a quality spirits. They just premiered an impressive 130 proof over-proof rum that is an absolutely awesome choice for that cocktail recipe requiring an over-proof rum. Blue Chair Bay is owned by country music artist Kenny Chesney. The line is comprised of four rums: a silver, coconut, coconut spiced, and their newest addition, banana, all ready for your mixing pleasure.

Royer CorpSpeaking of mixing, when you are building that cocktail recipe for the Longitude cocktail competition, don't forget Fee Brothers for your bitters and mixes! Throw in a Royer swizzle and you are set. If you are attending Ohana: Luau at the Lake you can find all of the products featured at the Vending tent or Paradise bar.

Keep the Torches Burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

Tickets For Hot Rod Hula Hop 6 Now On Sale!

Hot Rod Hula Hop 6 Banner

Aloha, Greasers and Gassers!

Tickets went on sale this morning for Hot Rod Hula Hop 6!

Tickets for the event, presented by the Kahiki and Kon-Tiki chapters of the Fraternal Order of Moai, are $50 for the Friday night luau at the Grass Skirt and $35 for the Saturday night music and burlesque extravaganza at Sequoia Pro Bowl. Admission for the Saturday car show and vendor event is complimentary.

The Hot Rod Hula Hop is a party with a purpose. Profits from the event will be donated to Cure CMD, a 503(C)(3) nonprofit started by a group of parents whose children were diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy. Today, Cure CMD funds research and clinical trials to find a cure for congenital muscular dystrophy. Learn more about their efforts at www.curecmd.org.

Tickets can be purchased online via the Tickets page at the official Hot Rod Hula Hop website, www.hotrodhulahop.com. To be instantly whisked away to the site, simply click the tickets below!

Keep checking back with us, as we'll be sharing more information about the amazing entertainers and activities planned for the event!

Until then, keep the torches burning!

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo


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