Mai Kai Tiki — Fine-Art Canvas
- Did you know Mai-Kai sold more rum in one year than any other bar or restaurant?
- Did you know Mai-Kai cost over $300,000 to build in the 1950's?
- Did you know Mai-Kai was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014?
In 1956 Mai-Kai was born from the imaginations of brothers Bob & Jack Thornton. The two visited Don the Beachcomber’s in Chicago and dreamed of one day opening a Polynesian inspired paradise of their own. The brothers took a huge risk spending over $300,000 on design and construction making Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Florida resulting in the most expensive restaurant built in 1956. Their risk taking paid off with Mai-Kai earning over one million dollars in the first year and selling more rum than any other bar or restaurant in the United States.
Mai-Kai grew ver the years including eight dining rooms, a bar, tropical gardens with waterfalls and a stage in the center to showcase the Polynesian floor show, plus a gift shop. The show featured Polynesian music, dance, costumes and artifacts. Cast members represented many of the islands that make up the South Pacific including Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand. As new dances are added to the show the owners would visit the islands where the dances originated to ensure the dances were accurately performed. Until the recent pandemic this was the longest running Polynesian Show in the entire USA including Hawaii.
The Mai-Kai contains many genuine Polynesian artifacts, some that are over 100 years old. Some of the original collection of Polynesian artifacts was donated to Stanford University in the 1970s and to the Fort Lauderdale art museum. In 2014 Mai-Kai was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Sadly Mai-Kai closed in 2020 during the pandemic and has yet to re-open. Mai-Kai lives on in the memories of all who visited over the years.
This Museum-quality canvas art is illustrated by artist: Brian Miller (Star Wars, The X-Files, Doctor Who) and produced on heavy matte, acid-free, archival canvas.
Archival Quality and Environmentally Friendly
- Archival Quality Giclée Print Process
- Industry standard for High-Quality Canvas Art
- Fade resistant pigments for ultimate color clarity
Vibrant, Damage Resistant Canvas
- 20.5 mil thick poly-cotton blend canvas
- Fade, Tear, Water, Scratch, and Warp Resistant
- Printed on textured and fade-resistant canvas (OBA-Free)
- Acid-free, PH neutral, poly-cotton base
- Matte finish coating
- Hand-stretched over solid wood stretcher bars
- Gallery wrap over frame 1.5" deep
- Hand glued solid wood stretcher bars
- All Canvas Art arrive with mounting brackets included
- Unwrap and hang right out of the box
Handmade in the USA
- Quality-assured with thoughtfully sourced materials