The tropical lifestyle is all about warm weather, palm trees, sand, beaches, sea shells, steel drums, reggae music, Jimmy Buffett music, Aloha shirts, hammocks, cold drinks, beautiful sunsets……..and we could go on. But nothing brings to mind the tropical lifestyle more immediately than the Tiki God! Hawaiian mythology brought about these wooden and stone carvings depicting the four major and various other minor Tiki Gods that some Hawaiians still worship today. Take Pele who is known the world over as the Tiki God who brought the water to Hawaii and caused the lava to flow.To this day many Hawaiians believe it angers Pele and is bad luck to remove Lava rocks from the Islands.
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The weather is getting warmer already here on the gulf coast, so it is time to dust off the Tiki Bar drink recipes and get the bar stocked. We have taken the time to visit all our favorite watering spots (and a few dive bars) to put together our list of the best classic tiki bar drinks out there. Get ready to mix up a tropical delight and sit back and relax and enjoy your long weekend life.
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! or Happy New Year in Hawaiian. No tropical New Years celebration would be complete without some tropical drink recipes to ring in the new year with and we have a bunch that are sure to please even the most pickiest drinkers. Some our are personal favorites and some are picked from some of the top tropical restaurants around the globe.
I hope your life is always one long weekend no matter how it is spent or where you are. Remember Sunsets are there to remind us everything has a different time but how amazing each time can be. A day is only twenty four hours. The common house fly lives only 24 hours and spends most of it looking for…..well you know. The butterfly spends some of it’s life in one form then changes mid stream to becomes something totally different but more beautiful.We are all different and how we decide to evolve and live those times is up to us. No matter what you believe we go through this life under a shadow but we all have faith in one more day. Many of us leave with unfinished to do lists, things we wished we had said and done and life still left to be lived, because everyone of us is still that little kid full of wonder inside wanting to know there is more. More to life and the experience, more to the wonder that is the planet we live on, so much more than our limited understanding and still more to come.
There is nothing like bringing home the taste of the islands to help remind you of that special vacation where you had your toes in the sand or heard the sound of the ocean just outside the door of your hotel suite. You could relax on the patio nd sip your coffee under a palm tree and listen to the crashing waves and feel the breeze rustling through the palms tress…….ahhhhh. But now you are back home and the leaves need raked or the driveway needs the snow cleared and you wish you could just get that moment back.
We hear them all the time when going on vacation. Things like “Don’t drink the water”, “don’t bring lava home from Hawaii”, “keeping a sharks tooth is bad luck” and others. So In order to help you relax on your vacation we decided to help you with some of the local superstitions for the islands, how they got started and which ones could possibly have some truth to them.
You often see it everywhere that people are on the beach relaxing. Someone will walk by and give you a hand gesture that makes you smile. With the thumb and pinkie finger extended the “Shaka” hand gesture is also known as “hang loose”, “or more simply “relax”. Used mainly by Hawaiians it is used to convey the “aloha spirit” or understanding and friendship between the people. In years gone by it was used by the many tribes as a gesture much like the peace sign or as a hello that was understood by all. But now mostly it is still used by surfers and vacationers to welcome each other or say hello.
If you are getting ready to head south for the winter and take a vacation at your favorite beach in Florida or the tropics you might want to ask around first. With the rash of tropical storms and hurricanes some of the beaches in some areas may not be as pristine as you would like.
It is finally time. You live the tropical life and have been dreaming about that upcoming vacation where you can finally dig your toes into the sand and relax while sipping on your favorite drink. Then it happens……you check the weather and there is a Hurricane or Tropical storm headed directly for your little piece of paradise. So now what do you do?
We love the beach! We Love the Ocean! We love the tropics! Unfortunately that is where the trouble begins. You see when you mix those three ingredients they are the perfect mix for what could be trouble. I have been watching “Shark Week!” on TV this week and an ominous number popped up on my screen saying that one of our favorite areas (Florida) is number one in the world for Shark attacks! Apparently not only humans like white sandy beaches and warm waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.