May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii but the celebration’s here at Tiki No

A Strand Local tiki drink and mug. Photo by Edward Simon for The Los Angeles Beat. May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii, with hula dances, lei making demonstrations and contests, plus many festivals on the islands to celebrate the official holiday commemorating Hawaii’s famous garland. Here on the Mainland, Tiki No in North Hollywood also celebrates Lei Day, with a Tiki bar twist of course. All guests at the Lei Day celebration will receive complementary leis at Tiki No, one of the few authentic tiki bars operating in Southern California. The Aloha Fridays food truck will be present with their choice of Hawaiian nibbles such as Chicken Katsu, Loco Moco, Ahi Tuna Shoyu Poke, Kalua Pork, Garlic Shrimp and Spam Musabi.

All night, Tiki No will feature $6 tiki drinks. These tasty creations will include the Hawaiian Punch, with vodka, Cruzan aged rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple, lemon and simple syrup, as well as the Chief Lapu Lapu, with Jamaican dark rum, silver rum from St. Croix, orange juice, passion juice and fresh lemon. One of the most famous of Tiki drinks will be part of the $6 menu, the Pina Colada, a cold and tasty concoction of silver rum from St. Croix, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and fresh pineapple, all blended into the classic smooth drink everyone loves.

Fun events at Tiki No’s Lei Day celebration will include a Hawaiian T-Shirt/Muumuu Contest that will be judged at midnight. Prizes to be awarded will include gift cards to sister establishment Firefly, Punch Bowls and much more. Tiki No is located at 4657 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. For information, please call them at (818) 766-0118 or check them out on their Facebook page.

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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