Good Luck Tikis Appear on the Las Vegas Strip to Mark Opening of Trader Vic's Restaurant

Oct 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Trader Vic's Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The famed four-mile stretch of the
 glittering Las Vegas Strip was reminiscent of Easter Island today, as
 dozens of tiki statues mysteriously appeared to mark the opening of the
 Trader Vic's restaurant at the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood
 Resort & Casino.
     Origins unknown, the tikis are definitely friendly. Tourists are
 invited to take pictures with the tikis and rub them for good luck. Casino
 gamblers infused with tiki-power can expect much good fortune, and Trader
 Vic's apologizes in advance to casino operators who can expect payouts of
 record jackpots today. Tiki sightings have been reported by the "Welcome to
 Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, by the replica Eiffel Tower and many of the tikis
 appear intent on watching the Bellagio fountain show. Magic tikis were also
 spotted on-stage with famed illusionist, Hans Klok.
     Each of the tiki statues are hand-carved and stand 6-feet tall by
 3-feet wide. Don't be rude and ask how much they weigh, because those
 Trader Vic's BBQ Kobe short ribs with nashi pear salad and soy sake glazed
 Hawaiian ono with green papaya salad are hard to refuse! Suffice it to say,
 they're healthy, robust tikis.
     Trader Vic's Las Vegas is now open in the Miracle Mile Shops at the
 Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 15,000 sq. ft. restaurant and lounge
 features modern and traditional Asian/Polynesian dining with an outdoor
 party patio overlooking the famed-Las Vegas Strip and a second-floor
     *In the mythology of some Polynesian peoples, Tiki was the first man on
 earth. There are several versions of the Tiki's story, but according to the
 Maori, the god Tumatauenga created him. One day, Tiki saw a woman,
 Marikriko, swimming in a lake and was overcome by her beauty. Marikoriko
 seduced Tiki and the two eventually married. The traditional Tiki is today
 regarded as a symbol of good luck and fertility. Trader Vic's is regarded
 as a symbol of good food, good fun and a laid-back tropical atmosphere.
     * In deference to Polynesian cultures, the tikis created for this event
 are only representative of authentic tikis and do not accurately depict any
 actual cultural symbols. We saw that Brady Bunch episode and we're not
 about to mess around with the mojo of the Tiki. D'uh. or
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SOURCE Trader Vic's Las Vegas