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Pukiki Bar – Estreito da Calheta, Portugal

Pukiki is a tiki bar on the Portuguese island of Madeira, which is in the Atlantic Ocean, about equidistant from the shores of both Portugal and Morocco. The bar celebrates Madeira's historic connection with Hawaii: Portuguese emigrants from Madeira and Azores went to Hawaii in large numbers starting in the late 1800s to work the sugarcane plantations. The strong thumbprint of Portuguese culture remains in Hawaii today, most notably the ukulele, an instrument brought to Hawaii from Madeira. "Pukiki" is what these settlers were called by the native Hawaiians.

Pukiki opened in July 2016, and is the creation of Carla Lopes Marques and Martin McDermott. Carla is a Madeira native, and Martin is from Manchester, UK. There is a menu of tiki and other tropical cocktails, and there is also a wide rum selection (by Madeira standards, at least). The decor is somewhat simple (importing materials to this remote island would be no easy feat!), but the bar is fronted with bamboo, and drinks are served in tiki mugs (sculpted for them by Bai). A shared drink, The Ukulele, is served in a ceramic ukulele vessel, with the long straws presented on top as its "strings".

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