The Maikai Gents

Spend an enchanted evening under a bright moon on a secluded beach beside gently lapping waves sheltered by a swaying palm tree as you swoon to the romantic crooning of The Maikai Gents.  Their lilting melodies will call you to the shimmering shores of Hawaii and evoke the spirit of the Islands' golden yesteryears.  Born from an unlikely heritage, The Maikai Gents are the former Ronnie Twirl and Johnny Riff, founders of the lounge-punk pioneering The El Guapos.  Embracing their life-long enchantment with the Hawaiian Islands they have become Iuka Grogg (vocals and ukulele) and Mika'ele Loco Moco (guitar and vocals).  With the addition of the caressing grass skirt and swaying hips of The Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa as well as the provocative bass stylings of former Bombora Lord Hunt, The Maikai Gents have created a rare and wonderful phenomenon: a musical group that can entertain and delight audiences anywhere from senior centers to ultra-hip young urbanite soirees.  Come join us for enchanted evenings, balmy-island breezes, hula maidens strumming soft guitars, tropical seas and The Maikai Gents.  All this loveliness beckons you to your island paradise.


"Sweet and gentle like the morning mist over the Pali, honest and humble like the fishermen of Hana, The Maikai Gents are simply disarming by presenting their renditions without irony, mirroring the sincerity of Polynesian children.  We seem to glimpse the innocence of American 50s suburbia that is now paradise lost."

- Sven A. Kirsten, author of "The Book of Tiki"


Tiki Oasis 2002 - June 22
The Maikai Gents breezed through Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs, California on Saturday, June 22nd. We hope you had your tickets because this event was completely sold out!

The Great Omaha Luau - July 11
The amber waves of grain swayed to our melodies as we hit the great plains in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hukilau 2002 - July 19-21
The warmth of The Mai Kai Gents called many Kanes and Wahines to Hukilau 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia. They performed on Saturday night July 20 at Trader Vic's in the Atlanta Hilton. Click on the links above for all the info on this wonderful 3-day annual event.

Log Cabin Luau! The Bigfoot Lodge - October 27
The Maikai Gents step into the Bigfoot Lodge in Bohemian Hollywood, CA for a solid set of tropical, out-of-doors "music from the Islands". Don't miss this set as it will feature oldies, goodies as well as new favorites.


The Maikai Gents are in the process of moving from this page to a real, honest to goodness, ad-free website. Keep checking back for pics, mp3's, and more appearances...perhaps at a venue near you!


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The Maikai Gents
14622 Ventura Blvd # 413
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

And yes, we will travel for a good gig!


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The Maikai Gents' House Party!
The Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa
Performing at The Desert Luau - Caliente Tropics Resort - Palm Springs - April 2002
An impromptu show at Iuka's Wiki Wiki Grog Shop. Bottom photo: Lord Hunt takes over the Astro-Caster while The Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa gives up the grass skirt for her ukelele.
Dancing cheek to cheek in Woodland Hills.  The romance of The Maikai Gents is irresistible.