• Kobi & Bridgett at the MaiKai
  • The Mai Kai Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • My friends and me at The Mai Kai, 2011
  • -Tiki Chris, reporting from the lanai at the Mai Kai

Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant


The Mai Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Dinner Show is one of the most popular attractions in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For over 50 years, the Mai Kai has been well known for its excellent Polynesian Shows featuring beautiful maidens and agile warriors who perform native dances from the islands of the South Pacific including Hawaii, Samoa, and Tahiti. At the Mai Kai, you'll escape to a South Pacific paradise with its authentic Polynesian ambiance and decor. The Mai Kai recreates a beautiful Polynesian Village with real artifacts from the South Pacific Islands as well as tiki torches, a thatch roof, lush tropical gardens, giant tiki sculptures, and waterfalls.

With this package at the Mai Kai, you will enjoy an excellent 3-course meal prepared by expert chefs. You may also enjoy an exotic drink from the their award winning drink menu (beverages are not included in the package). After dinner, you will entertained by the nation's longest running Polynesian Show. The Samoan Fire Knife Dance will definitely provide a thrill. The Mai Kai is an excellent place to celebrate a family vacation, birthday, anniversary, engagement, or honeymoon. Inform us if you are celebrating a special occasion and we will have the Mai Kai Show MC announce it during the show.


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The Mai Kai is also a place to celebrate a memorable event and there were many anniversaries, engagements and birthdays the night we were there. Just to our left a wonderful old gentleman was enjoying his 88th birthday at the Mai Kai, and they made sure it was a memorable one, with a sparkler bedecked piece of cake to brighten the festive evening! Just think, he was 34 years old when the Mai Kai first opened. Oh the Retro Roadmap worthy places he must have visited!