Tiki Theme Party

A Tiki party is a throw back to the Tiki bar craze that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s. So-called Tiki culture is modeled on Polynesian-Hawaiian style, décor, music, food, and drinks. There use to be Tiki bars in every major city that served exotic food and drinks. There has been revival of Tiki parties with home DIY Tiki décor, food, and drinks. Tiki bars are also seeing a retro revival in many U.S. cities.

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Getting Tiki Party Ideas

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Blue Hawaii movie with Elvis

Ideas for a Tiki party can come from movies and TV shows set in Hawaii.


South Pacific, (1958), Blue Hawaii movie with Elvis (1961), Hawaii (1966), Princess Kaiulani (2009), The Descendents (2011), Donovan’s Reef (1963), Beyond Paradise (1998), Silk (198), Aloha (2015), Maui (2017), The Haumna (2013)

TV shows

Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O, Gilligan’s Island, Adventures in Paradise

Go to a Tiki Bar for ideas. Top Tiki bars in the U.S.

Adrift, Denver

Smugglers Cove, San Francisco

Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

S.O.S., Decatur, GA

Chopper, Nashville

Lagoon, Durham, NC

Latitude 29, New Orleans

Under Tow, Phoenix

High Roller, Solvang, CA

Mai Tai, Honolulu

Water Witch, Savannah, GA

Archipelago, Washington DC

Tiki Tatsu-ya, Austin, TX

Psycho Susi’s, Minneapolis

Trader Sam’s, Disney World, Orlando

Flamingo, Oklahoma City

Wusong Road, Boston

Tiki Ti, LA

Super Power, NYC

Hale Pelee, Portland

Golden Tiki, Las Vegas

False Idol, San Diego

Lost Lake, Chicago

Mother of Pearl, NYC

Hawaiian Clothing

Clothing includes a sarong dress, muumuu dress, halters, Aloha shirts, and a flower in the hair for women and Hawaiian shirts and shorts for men. Flower wreathes, called lei should be worn by both men and women. Sandals or sneakers are best for footwear. Clothing should be with tropical prints.

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Sarong dress

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Don Ho

Essential music must be Hawaiian and Polynesian.

Israel “Iz” Kamakaiwiwo’ole sings Over the Rainbow


Israel “Iz” Kamakaiwiwo’ole

Popular Tiki Party Music

Israel “Iz” Kamakaiwiwo’ole (1959-1997)

Don Ho (1930-2007)

Marlene Sai, b. 1941

Alfred Apaka (1919-1960)

Gabby Pahinui (1921-1980)

Kui Lee (1932-1966)

Brothers Cazimero, duo

Ledward Kaapana, b. 1948

Keali’l Reichel, b. 1962

Don Ho sings Tiny Bubbles


Tiki Party Dances

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Limbo Stick

Limbo stick was a popular dance in the 1950s and 60s. It is very easy and people of all ages can participate. Limbo is a contest with a pole across two posts. The object is to pass under the stick while bending backward. After each round the stick is lowered a few inches. People who knock over the stick or fall are eliminated.


The traditional dance of Hawaii that is vey graceful with light music. The body and hands in the dance tell a story. Hulu is danced in the Kaholo side-to-side sway slow movement with the music. Arm movement are side-to side, up in the air, one arm out to side, hands together, hands going down, and so on.


Though not a Hawaiian dance, Macarena goes well with a Tiki party. Macarena is a line dance with steps in place for each beat of the music. Hips are shaken side-to-side.

Steps include:

Arms put forward

Turn palms upward

Right hand on left shoulder

Left hand on right shoulder

Cross hands on hips

Hands on hips

Rotate hips

Jump 90 degrees Clap hands


Tiki Décor

Tiki decorations can include a tiki bar and stools, coconuts, pineapples, bananas, drink umbrellas, tiki mugs, black velvet paintings, tiki sculptures and masks, palm trees, tropical murals, seashells, bamboo, balloons, banners, flamingos, flowers, and more.

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Tiki Cocktails

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Essential tiki cocktails include a Mai Tai, Blue Hawaii, Zombie, Navy Grog, Singapore Sling, Samatra Kula, Pino Colada, Hurricane, and others. Little drink umbrellas are a must as well as tiki mugs. Cherries and pineapple are required garnishes.

Mai Tai

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Mai tai recipe

1 1/2 oz. rum

1/2 oz. dark rum

1/2 oz. orange liquor

3/4 oz. lime juice

1 oz. sugar syrup

Garnish with cherry and pineapple wedge

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.

Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaiian - Jo Cooks

Blue Hawaii recipe

1 1/2 oz. rum

3/4 oz. blue curacao liquer

2 oz. pineapple juice

3/4 oz. cream of coconut

Garnish with Maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge.

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.

Pino Colada Punch

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Pino colada punch recipe

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple

1 (8 oz) can crteam of coconut

1 (46 oz) can of pineapple juice

2 cups rum

1 bottle lemon-lime soda

Mix in a punch bowl.


Zombie Tropical Rum Cocktail Recipe

Zombie recipe

1 1/2 oz Jamaican rum

1 1/2 oz Puerto RRican rum

1 oz demura rum

1/8 tsp Pernod

3/4 oz lime juice

1/2 oz Donn’s mix (cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice)

1/2 oz falerum

1 tsp grenadine

1 dash Angostura bitters

Garnish with mint sprig

Add into a blend with crushed ice; blend; pour into a tall glass.

Navy Grog

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Navy Grog recipe

1 oz Jamaican rum

1 oz demera rum

1 oz Puerto Rican rum

1 oz honey syrup

3/4 oz club soda

3/4 oz grapefruit juice

¾ oz lime juice

Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge.

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.


Hurricane Cocktail - The Chunky Chef

Hurricane recipe

1 oz rum

1 oz dark rum

1 oz coconut rum

1 oz vodka

1 oz gin

1 oz Chambord

1 oz triple sec

3 oz orange juice

Garnish with a cherry and orange slice

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.

Fog Cutter

Fog Cutter Tiki cocktail recipe with pictures

Fog cutter recipe

1 1/2 oz rum

1 oz cognac

1/2 oz gin

2 oz lemon juice

1 oz orane juice

1/2 oz orgeat

1/2 oz sherry

Garnish with mint sprig

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.

Singapore Sling

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Singapore sling recipe

4 oz pineapple juice

1 1/2 oz gin

1/2 oz cherry brandy

1/2 oz lime juice

1/2 oz grenadine syrup

1/4 oz triple sec

1/4 oz Benedictin

Garnish with cherry and pineapple slice

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.

Samatra Kulg

Sumatra Kula (cocktail)

Samatra kulg recipe

2 oz rum

3/4 oz honey syrup

3/4 oz grapefruit juice

3/4 oz orange juice

1/2 oz lime juice

Stir and add ice.

Rum Runner

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Rum Runner recipe

1 1/4 oz rum

1/4 oz coconut rum

1/2 oz banana liquer

1/2 oz blackberry brandy

2 oz sweet and sour mix

1 1/2 oz orange juice

1 dash grenadine syrup

Garnish with orange wedge and lime wedge.

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; strain into a glass; add ice.

Tiki Food Recipes

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Kalua Pulled Pork


1 (6 pound) pork butt roast

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tbl liquid smke

Rub pork with salt and liquid smoke. Cook in a slow cooker on low for 1 to 20 hours, shred pork. Serve on buns with BBQ sauce, cole slaw, and pickles.

Island Fried Rice

Island-Style Fried Rice Recipe


1 1/2 cup uncooked Jasmine rice

3 cups water

2 tsp canola oil

12 oz ham or spam, cubed

1/2 cup Chinese sweet pork sausage

3 eggs, beaten

8 oz can pineapple chunks, drained

1/2 cup chopped green onion

3 tbl oyster sauce

½ tsp garlic powder

Cook rice. Stir fry ingredients until cooked, add in rice, heat through.

Spam Musubi

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2 cups white rice2 cups wter

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup oyster sauce

Slices of Spam or ham

6 tbl rice vinegar

1 tbl oil

5 sheets dry seaweed nori

Cook rice, add vinegar. Mix marinade in a bowl, sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce. Fry meat over medium heat. Cut nori into slices, wrap pressed rice and meat with nori sheet slice Serve warm or chilled.

Lomi Lomi Salmon

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2 cups smoked salmon, diced

6 medium tomatoes, diced

1 white onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onion

Salt to tast

Cayenne pepper to taste

Mix in a bowl, chill for 30 minutes

Grilled Pineapple

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I fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into rings

3 tbl butter

1/4 tsp honey

1 dash hot pepper dauce

Salt to taste

Marinate 30 minutes

Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Ahi Poke Salad

Ahi Tuna Poke Recipe


1 1/4 pound fresh ahi tuna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/4 cup minced onion

1/4 cup minced green onion

2 tbl crumbled wakame seaweed

1 tbl groung macademia nuts

2 tbl sesame oil

1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp minced fresh ginger

Mix in a bowl, chill I hour, serve on lettuce leaves.

Hawaiian Shrimp

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2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail off


2 tbl sugar

2 tbl lemon peppe

1 tbl minced parsley

2 tbl minced garlic

1 cup mayonnaise

Marinate ehrimp 1 hour, put shrimp on skewers, grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Sweet Teriyaki Beef Skewers Recipe


Boneless round steak cut into slices, marinate for 24 hours. Grill meat on skewers for 3 minutes on each side.


1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup water

3 clves garlic, chopped

Hawaiian Vegetable Stir Fry

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Red pepper cut up

Red onion cut up

1 can bamboo shoots

2-3 tbl water

1 cut up fresh pineapple

1 1/2 cups broccoli florets or optional asparagus cut up

1 1/2 rbl sou sauce

2 tbl pineapple juice

Olive oil

Stir fry red pepper and onion for 2 minutes, add bamboo shoots cook I min. more, add water, add pineapple cook 1 min., add broccoli cook 4 min., add soy sauce.

Hawaiian Cole Slaw

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1 package cole slaw mix

1 (15 oz) can crushed pineapple

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tbl brown sugar

1 tsp cilantro

1/2 tsp alt

1/4 tsp pepper

Make a sauce with mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Mix sauce, cole slaw, pineapple, and onion.

Fruit Skewers

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On skewers put pieces of fruit, such as pineapple, passion fruit, kiwi, grapes, watermelon, cherries, orange slices, other

Huli Huli Pineapple Chicken

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20 oz can crushed pineapple

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup red wine

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 inch piece of fresh ginger minced

4 drops liquid smoke

3 fryer chickens, quartered

Make sauce, add ingredients in a pot, bring to boil. Reserve 1 1/2 cups in a bowl, chill. Add chicken into remaining sauce, marinate 4 hours to overnight rill chicken.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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8 oz elbow macaroni

1 1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup milk

2 tbl apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 carrot shredded

1/2 cup celery chopped

1/3 cup green onion chopped

1/4 cup onion grated

Cook macaroni, cool, in a bowl add ingredients, refrigerate for 30 minutes

Other dish options

Hawaiian potato salad

Hawaiian BBQ ribs

Hawaiian BBQ chicken

Kimchi salad

Hawaiian rolls


Egg rolls

Pot stickers

Banana nut bread

Coconut cream pie

Hawaiian wedding cake

Pineapple upside down cake


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Bruce J. Wood
Bruce J. Wood
Bruce J. Wood, founder of AOIDE Bruce J. Wood has worked on Wall Street in business finance and strategy, and has written hundreds of finance business plans, strategic plans, economic feasibility studies, and economic impact studies. Bruce has lectured on creativity and strategic thinking, as well as worked on the development of numerous publishing, film, television, and performing arts projects, along with downtown revitalizations, using the arts as an economic catalyst. As an aficionado of music, art, and dance, Bruce is also a writer and an outdoor enthusiast. He has written poetry, blogs, articles, and many creative project concepts. He lives in the Metro Detroit area and enjoys writing poetry, backpacking, and ballroom dancing.

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