Aloha in the Adirondacks
by Lisa Bramen
Can’t decide between a Hawaiian vacation and a weekend in the Adirondacks? Kill two birds with one stone at the Ohana Luau at the Lake, June 21 to 24 at the Tiki Resort in Lake George. This annual celebration of Eisenhower-era Polynesian style has made its home at the Tiki, which still retains many of its original 1960s tropical trappings, since 2009. As the website describes, “Lake George itself is a wonderful slice of Americana, trapped in time, with weird roadside attractions, old mom & pop themed motels, and more retro architecture than you can shake a stick at!”
The organizers can’t promise balmy breezes and gnarly waves. But there will be a full schedule of live music—from surf rock to ukulele—plus fruity libations galore (one year’s winner of the cocktail contest was named Fire in the Dole and featured a flaming pineapple ring) and outdoor vintage movie screenings. According to the website, three-fourths of the tickets have already been sold.
If you can’t make the event, you can still check out the Tiki’s vintage vibe all summer long at the Waikiki Supper Club, where the resort hosts a nightly Polynesian dinner show.
You can read more about the Tiki Resort and the Luau at the Lake in my 2010 article “An-Tiki.”