April 5-7, 2024
Tiki-a-Go-Go in Orlando

Return to Paradise: The Mai-Kai Rises Again

Mai-Kai Cocktails: Tiki History in a Glass

Presentations hosted by Jim "Hurricane" Hayward, with manager Kern Mattei, public relations director Pia Dahlquist, creative director "Typhoon Tommy" Allsmiller, and other members of The Mai-Kai team.

The Atomic Grog blog: The Mai-Kai reveals new images, plans for restoration at Orlando event, continues $15M project (April 2024 update)

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The Mai-Kai reveals new images, plans for restoration at Orlando event, continues $15M project (April 2024 update)

Mai-Kai panel discussion at Tiki-a-Go-Go in Orlando


Behind the scenes at The-Mai-Kai
The Mai-Kai renovations
The Atomic Grog covers every phase of the $15 million renovation project.

Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
Hurricane Hayward reviews and rates the historic restaurant's current and past tropical drinks, plus reveals a treasure trove of ancestor and exclusive tribute recipes.
>>> List of all 100+ recipes


The Palm Beach Post, circa 1979

Jim Hayward, The Palm Beach Post (1979-82, 1986-2022)

In December 1979, there were no computers in the newsroom at 2751 S. Dixie Highway when I started working as a "copyperson" at my hometown newspaper, The Palm Beach Post, during my freshman year in college. My duties included filling glue pots, stripping the wire machines, running copy, and pulling photos from the library — Essentially ensuring that the newsroom ran like the well-oiled machine it was.

In 2022, I work (usually from home) on a laptop computer as part of Gannett's statewide planning team. I orchestrate the daily production of both the print and online editions of The Post — creating budgets, scheduling digital news alerts, overseeing the front page design, among other duties. It seems light years away, yet eerily reminiscent of, my first newspaper job 43 years ago: Greasing the wheels so an exceptional staff of journalists can shine.

During those 43 years, I graduated from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, where I studied and participated in early experiments in "online journalism." In 1983–86, I worked at the Miami Herald and helped launch Viewtron, the first commercial "videotext" service in the United States, a decade before the commercial internet.

Jim Hayward, The Palm Beach Post (1979-82, 1986-2022)

Returning to The Post in December 1986 as a copyeditor, I've ridden every technological wave on the newspaper industry rollercoaster for the past 36 years. I was the newspaper's first Web producer, helping develop and run fledgling online products, including the long-running "Storm" sites that were dedicated to hurricane coverage and tracking.

Over the years, I worked with nearly every department in the newsroom in one way or another, keeping my hand in writing and a presence in news meetings. I'm proud to have known and collaborated with so many talented professionals, way too numerous to mention here. But you know who you are.

As the industry changed and evolved, I ended up back in the trenches of daily production (both print and digital), combining all of my past experience into my current role as The Post's lead planner. Having come full-circle in the only industry I've ever really known, the time seems right to bid adieu to the newspaper that has been my fulltime workplace for parts of the past six decades.

In retirement, I plan to indulge many interests and hobbies, but I'll always remain a journalist at heart and in mind. And for that, I thank The Post and all of those who helped make it the outstanding newspaper that it remains.

"My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" - Dr. Seuss

LinkedIn: Jim's full professtional history and experience