September 6, 2006

Swanky’s Massive Mai-Kai Postcard Collection

Filed under: Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,History,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:54 pm
Mai-Kai postcard, from the collection of Swanky
Mai-Kai postcard, from the collection of Swanky

Swanky has shared scans of many Mai-Kai postcards from his collection on his Swank Blather blog. These include interior shots, exterior shots, and artists’ renderings of this most beautiful and archetypical of Polynesian palaces. As can be seen in some of the postcards, the exterior of the Mai-Kai has changed dramatically over the years — not just due to expansion, but also because of the encroachment of the city (when it was new, the Mai-Kai was quite isolated), and the growth of the lush jungle-like foliage around it. Swanky will be bringing his postcard collection with him to the Hukilau next month. Via MrBaliHai’s Eye of the Goof.

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