Many a pompadour-sporting, spangly jumpsuit-owning tribute artist will pause to remember Elvis Presley on the occasion of his 80th birthday with a song or two, a hip waggle, and the placing of a lei on over an excited fan's head.
It's that lei-placing element that Tiki No will raise a frothy-foamy toast to when they honor the King on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Update: Dress as Elvis or Priscilla Presley and try for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Studio City's Firefly.)
The superstar was of course, at one time, synonymous with Hawaii, thanks to Mr. Presley's appearance in films like "Blue Hawaii" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style." But ask any film fan and they'll still say that the icon's Hawaii-set movies are some of the most memorable, which makes a tiki-style celebration of his birth oh so apt.
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Even more apt? The specialty drinks that the bartenders at the Polynesia-by-North-Hollywood tavern will be mixing up with kitschy flair. There's the Hunka Hunka Burning Love — think Three Olives Coconut Water Elvis Presley vodka, crème de banana, and a cherry set ablaze — and a Southern Comfort-based libation called Jailhouse Rock.
And lending some spirited supping to the spirited celebration is the Burnt to a Crisp Truck, which'll be spatula-ing up some grilled sandwiches stuffed with banana and peanut butter.
Please. You know the King was all about those creamy, bready concoctions.
And if you still can't get enough Elvisiana at the Jan. 8 celebration, make for the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs on Saturday, Jan. 10 for birthday cake, house tours, and hobnobbing with people who knew and worked with the King.
Elvis may have left us in 1977, but stopping to raise a tiki drink, or visit an abode he loved, during his birthday week feels like a fitting and festive way to pay homage to the hunka-hunka-iest icon to ever pic up a mic and rock a spangly jumpsuit.