Tiki with Ray http://www.tikiwithray.com living the Tiki lifestyle with Ray Wyland Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:09:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Charles Phoenix: The Ambassador Of Americana http://www.tikiwithray.com/charles-phoenix-ambassador-americana/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/charles-phoenix-ambassador-americana/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:09:02 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=5051 “I don’t want to live back in time, I just want to be able to touch it.” – Charles Phoenix Truer words were never spoken. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know if living back in the ’50s and ’60s would be any “better” than living in the present, but damn, did it look great! […]

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Charles Phoenix

“I don’t want to live back in time, I just want to be able to touch it.”

– Charles Phoenix

Truer words were never spoken. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know if living back in the ’50s and ’60s would be any “better” than living in the present, but damn, did it look great!

I’ve always felt that Kodachrome pictures are the closest thing you can get to a time machine. The colors are so rich and the pictures have so much depth that they make you feel like you were the one behind the camera taking them. Charles Phoenix collects Kodachrome slides and puts on presentations showing off his collection. Words can’t describe how fun and entertaining Charles’s slideshow is. You just have to go see for yourself!

I had a chance to chat with Charles while he was driving his car around sunny California. Here is his story…

Ray: How and when did your love of Mid-Century begin?

Charles: I think really it began in my infancy. My dad was a used car dealer and by the time I was a used…I almost said I was a used car! No, I was never a used car; I’m a human being, I could be a used car, though! I’m kind of a used car of a human being. But anyway, I was hooked on the cars. I was born in late, late, very late 1962, so my earliest childhood memories are of cars driving by. My dad had a used car lot, so I knew all the kinds of cars and everything about them by the time I was 4 years old. So Mid-Century cars, when they were not too terribly old, spoke to me. That’s what got me started.

Charles Phoenix

Ray: Can you give a little history of how your slideshow started and what it has become?

Charles: I’ve been thrift shopping since I was 14 years old. When I was 30 years old, 29 actually, I was in the thrift store and I found a shoebox marked “Trips Across the United States—1957.” I opened it up and it was full of old slides. I held a few up to the light and I knew immediately that this was a treasure with my name on it. I bought them and shortly thereafter started going to estate sales and more thrift shops just looking for old slides.

Pretty soon I had enough to put together a little slideshow. I had friends over in my living room and we had a little show and I was wondering, “Am I the only one that’s going to be interested in these old slides, or are other people going to like them?” Needless to say, my friends were as hypnotized as I was! One of my friends said, “You should do a slide show at the California Map and Travel Center in West L.A.” This was 1998. I had already been collecting for 5 years. I went over to the California Map and Travel Center and I told them what I wanted to do and they said, “No. No one would ever want to see other people’s vacation slides.” I said, “Yes, they would.” So I weaseled my way into getting a slideshow and it just so happened that a reporter for the L.A. Times was there and did a big article about it. Then I got another show scheduled at another map store in Pasadena. A hundred people showed up! So I kept doing the slideshows for free. A few months later, I was in a coffee house doing a slideshow and someone said, “People would pay for this.” And I said, “Good!” From that moment on, I was in show business.

Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

Ray: What is the connection between Mid-Century and Tiki for you?

Charles: The Tiki craze really came of age just when everything was becoming really simplified and along comes this side culture to compliment Mid-Century culture in general. Our culture is kind of like Disneyland. There’s Main Street and then there’s all these little side lands. It makes sense to me. I see the world like a big theme park because the world is like a big theme park!

Ray: For a lot of people that I’ve talked to, Disneyland is their gateway to Tiki.

Charles: Yeah it was! Not only that, but during the ’60s and ’70s, there were a lot of Polynesian restaurants around. Most of them served Chinese food and they were done in kind of a South Seas theme. In those days, nobody said “Tiki restaurant” or “Tiki party.” That wasn’t the go-to word. It was more like “South Seas,” “Hawaiian,” or “Island style. We didn’t really pick out that one word “Tiki” back then. The Tiki gods existed, they were there, but we didn’t name the style that.

Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

Ray: Can you talk about your book, Leis, Luaus, and Alohas?

Charles: Leis, Luaus, and Alohas is a book that I co-wrote around 1999. Basically, I provided all the imagery in the sections of the book and then a writer friend of mine wrote it. It’s a book that I’m very proud of and I haven’t even seen a copy for a while. I don’t even own a copy. It’s a really cool book and I’m really proud of it. I have a brand new book coming out.

Ray: Oh, really? What’s it going to be called?

Charles: Its called Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style.

Ray: Beautiful!

Charles: I’m very excited about it. The book is like Americana overload. It’s out of control. It is a colorful kaleidoscope of retro-pop culture, then and now. It’s an extravaganza!

Charles Phoenix

Ray: You have your own Tiki mug! Can you talk about that?

Charles: I’ve actually had two Tiki mugs! The first one is the Tiki Turkey Meatloaf Mug. I only made a hundred of those. That was with MP Ceramics. He’s a mug maker based in Santa Cruz. The second mug I did with Tiki Farm. That was called the Pudcano. That was a pineapple upside down cake-shaped volcano erupting maraschino cherries based on the cake that was created by the same name that was cut and performed for us. It erupted at my “Alohaland” slideshow that I did at Don the Beachcomber.

Charles Phoenix

Ray: Speaking of drinks, what is your favorite Tiki drink?

Charles: I really don’t drink many Tiki drinks anymore. I actually stopped drinking alcohol. I don’t know how many years it was—maybe close to 5. It was as a result of too many Tiki drinks that I consumed at the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I was sitting there drinking and drinking and having a great time. All of a sudden, I spilled my Tiki drink, like the big coconut shell!

Ray: Oh no!

Charles: I tipped over and the drink went everywhere. At that moment I said, ” I’m done.” The “I’m done” lasted for 4 or 5 years. Then I came back to it. But to tell you the truth, I’m a little bit of a sugar-phobe, so I don’t really do that many Tiki drinks. I’ll take sips, but I don’t really do a lot of them. I like to see other people enjoying them. I’m a big fan of all the Tiki bars, but I fear Tiki drinks because they wreck me.

Ray: I have this series call “Straightedge Tiki” for my blog. I’ve been going to bars and having them make me non-alcoholic Tiki drinks. There are some really good drinks out there that you can get. For example, there’s the Hale Pele down in Portland, OR. I went there and just drank non-alcoholic drinks. They were amazing. They were great drinks.

Charles: Yeah, I love all those flavors. My favorite beverage will be until forever will always be Hawaiian Punch! That is my favorite flavor. I actually made a Tiki drink of one called the “Faux Tiki.” It was Hawaiian Punch mixed with coconut and pina colada mix. It was equal parts of all 3 and you know that’s good!

Ray: That sounds amazing!

Charles: Just last night I was out to dinner with some friends of mine who are getting married soon. They’re like 30 and the first thing they asked me was, “You’ve got to tell us everything about Tiki culture because we just discovered it and we have to know everything.” I was so proud because he was telling me that he is totally obsessed with the authentic recipes. Beachbum Berry is his kingpin, along with Smuggler’s Cove. They’re really into the recipes. I was so thrilled for a 30-year old to say, “I’m completely obsessed.” We have to kind of push this culture forward.

Ray: Absolutely!

Charles: I don’t know how old you are, but I passed 30 a while ago.

Ray: I’m 46.

Charles: 46? Oh my god! You’re older than me!

Ray: Ha!

Charles: No, I’m kidding! Anyway, so I love the Tiki culture. I love the Tiki motif. You can live it in several different ways. At its core, it’s all based on drinking rum-based drinks. The sun of the universe of Tiki culture is drinking. But there are all these planets that go around that. I love the Tikis themselves in any form. Then we’ve got the Hawaiian clothing. All summer long, from spring until fall, I wear vintage Hawaiian shirts. I’m wearing one right now! I love all the Tiki crafts that people make. There’s just so much!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

Ray: The main thing I really like is the full environment of a Tiki bar.

Charles: Tiki bars are amazing! It’s like you’ve died and gone to heaven. I love everything in a Tiki bar. I go to as many as possible and people are blowing my mind with Tiki bars they’re making at home. They’re spellbinding.

Ray: I have a love for Mid-Century like you do. I’ve always felt like the closest thing you can get to time machine is Kodachrome pictures, like the pictures you collect. The colors are just so vibrant and you don’t have a lot of fade. If you go to an old-timey Tiki bar, like the Mai-Kai, you can literally fell like this is what this place looked like in 1957.

Charles: I agree! I had a little time travel experience there. It transported me to that time. I love that place. I love the Bali Hai. I love Tonga Room. They are my favorites because they’re the ones that are left. The other place I’d like to mention is Oceanic Arts in Whittier, CA. It is the world’s greatest Polynesian Pop Tiki supermarket and has been since 1956. Oceanic Arts is the place. It’s the heart and soul of Tiki.

Charles Phoenix's Tiki Mug and Charles with Bob and Leroy of Oceanic Arts
Charles Phoenix’s Tiki Mug and Charles with Bob and Leroy of Oceanic Arts

Ray: What does the future hold for you?

Charles: Gosh, I wish I knew! If I had a crystal ball I could tell you. I’m ramping up for the new book, so that’ll transform into a new slideshow called “Addicted to Americana.” I’m working on a web series. I may be back on the Food Network. They want me for a show. We’ll see..

I’m just having a good time finding the beauty in the world and really basking in the glow of the power that it gives me. I love finding the beauty in the everyday world and treasure hunting for the gems, time warps, and treasures. I love time warps and I love treasures. They are out there. You just have to know what you’re looking for and know when you find them.

Charles Phoenix

Here is Charles Phoenix’s website…

and Facebook Page.

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Home Tiki Bar Spotlight #27 The Bungalow Seattle, WA http://www.tikiwithray.com/home-tiki-bar-spotlight-27-bungalow-seattle-wa/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/home-tiki-bar-spotlight-27-bungalow-seattle-wa/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:31:25 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4475 In 2007, Sarah and Robb met for the first time in Austin, Texas and started dating. In 2009, Sarah moved up to Seattle to be with Robb, full-time. In 2014, Robb proposed to Sarah on top of the Fairmount Hotel. She said yes! That was July. They celebrated by drinking Tiki drinks at The Tonga […]

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The Bungalow Seattle WA

In 2007, Sarah and Robb met for the first time in Austin, Texas and started dating.

In 2009, Sarah moved up to Seattle to be with Robb, full-time.

In 2014, Robb proposed to Sarah on top of the Fairmount Hotel. She said yes!

That was July. They celebrated by drinking Tiki drinks at The Tonga Room!

In October of 2014, they moved into a beautiful bungalow in Ballard and created a perfect Mid-Century home.

Then they decided they needed a Tiki bar, so they turned their porch into the Bungalow.

More importantly, Sarah and Robb got married in 2016! I will let Robb fill in the blanks below…

What’s the Tiki scene like in Seattle?

RobbI’m not very tapped into any scene in Seattle, but I’ve met a few talented bartenders managing to squeeze a “Tiki night” into their restaurant / bar schedule, usually falling on a slow early-week evening.

However, there is an upside. It’s fun to be a part of something small and inclusive, as well as educational and mind-expanding (and altering). Being able to grill one of these bartenders about the age, origin, blend, etc. of the rums they’re pouring isn’t nearly as possible when I’m fighting a throng of imbibers at Smuggler’s Cove, for example. Shout out to Alex, Nick ,and Essex’s Tiki Tuesday for allowing me to pick their brains.

That said, the more the merrier, both in regards to Tiki bars and Tikiphiles. One of my most favorite aspects of Tiki culture is the inclusiveness, which my wife Sarah calls “rum-radery.” It’s a lack of a “cooler than you” vibe, which can run rampant in a lot of obscure/left-of-center scenes. Having played and worked in the music industry for many years now, I’m pretty burnt out on all that.

The Bungalow Seattle WA

The Bungalow Seattle WA

What brought you into the “Tiki lifestyle” and how long has it been part of your life?

Robb- Ah, yes. I remember it like it was yesterday…

It was Friday, October 22, 2010. My now-wife/then-girlfriend Sarah and I overheard a voice, a whisper on the air, recommending a mysterious destination in the lowest level of the famed Fairmont Hotel in the beautiful Nob Hill neighborhood in San Francisco. The button in the elevator said “Tonga.” We knew not whether we went up or down, but when the doors parted and the hallway was behind us, we stood at the threshold of a gateway to a world of wonder.

The Bungalow living room
The Bungalow living room

I was actually in SF for my niece’s baptism, and I too was baptized that weekend, albeit with a stronger liquid. I was pretty green for her ceremony (sorry sis), but I had been converted. Once I learned that the Tonga Room was just one piece of the whole Tiki-Pop movement, from Christian’s Hut to now, that whole history really blew me away and drew me in. Years later, Sarah and I were engaged on the roof of the Fairmont and quickly made our way down to the Tonga Room to celebrate.

The Bungalow living room

But before that, for almost seven years, I had actually lived in a house in Frelard (lovingly referred to as the Wolf) with a genuine 1940s bamboo Tiki bar that was sun-bleached, cigarette burned, and generally partied on. We threw many a party, including a pretty awesome Tiki party for Sarah’s 25th birthday in 2010. I love that bar. I tried to buy it off the owner, but he sent me a Craigslist link to the bar I now call mine. Thanks Dex.

The Bungalow Seattle WA

The Bungalow Seattle WA

 What made you decide to build your own Tiki bar?

 Robb- After I saw the Tonga Room, I was instantly hanging nets, shells, etc. on the ceilings and walls around my roommate’s Tiki bar. When Sarah and I moved in together at our current spot, we were both intrigued and baffled by the strange indoor, greenhouse-like room that hangs off the front of our house, facing west. It was once an outdoor deck, but the owners glassed it in so as to enjoy it for most of Seattle’s calendar year. It’s a weird, narrow, leaky, and sometimes smelly space, but everyone who saw it agreed: Tiki bar.

 

Looking outside at The Bungalow
Looking outside at The Bungalow

The Bungalow Seattle WA

The Bungalow Seattle WA

Can you give a little history of how the Bungalow came together?

Robb- My aforementioned roommate sent me on a quest to procure the actual bar. I bought it from a Hawaii native who, after moving to Seattle, bought it before even purchasing a bed or dresser.  It was a steal because his sister, who was housing it, wanted it out of her life ASAP. It’s a beast, but I gladly moved it in to my place with the help of a good friend (thanks Cam). It’s kind of blurry after that, but once I secured that bar, it’s been non-stop. I first covered the ceiling with bamboo and reed fencing. I tied fish nets onto glass floats and turned baskets and other sundries into lamps, Eli Hedley-style. I go “beach combing” at my local Goodwill and Value Village, searching for mugs and early-to-Mid Century South Seas-themed books. I recently refinished a Paul Frankl-style bamboo couch with end-tables, which all came out quite beautifully, if I do say so myself. My biggest score came from an older gent in Interbay. Sarah and I refer to him as Crabber Steve. I gave him $40 and he filled my car to the brim with used nets, floats, nylon and hemp rope. It’s taken me months to hang it all, but I’m glad to say I’ve reached a near-point of completion. Although, they say a true Tiki bar is never quite done…

Ray Robb and Sarah in The Bungalow
Ray Robb and Sarah in The Bungalow

What is your favorite Tiki drink? Why?

Robb- Most days, it’s the Myrtle Bank Punch. I skew toward the rich ingredients often found in Don’s concoctions and this one is simple, yet outstanding, which is always a difficult balance to achieve.

I also love the idea of Don and Vic both lounging at the Patio Bar of Jamaica’s Myrtle Bank Hotel in the ’20s or ’30s, both enjoying it, but also trying to figure it out. Ultimately, they both reinterpret it in their own way and make something completely new. It’s a great and delicious metaphor for the whole Tiki-Pop culture.

The Bungalow Seattle WA

What is your favorite Tiki bar? Not including your own!

Robb- For reasons mentioned previously, the Tonga Room is up there. It’s pure magic. Although, I agree with most people in that the drinks leave something to be desired. It’s hard to find a spot that ticks all the boxes. I know you love the Foundation Bar in my home state of Wisconsin and I totally agree. It’s pretty much the full package, but I do like a bit more grime on my Tiki bars. Speaking of grime: Tiki Ti. I am amazed that they can make gallons of Myers’s rum and tubs of lime juice concentrate taste so incredibly good. I love that place. Pagan Idol blew Sarah and me away. When they “dock” at the island and open the back door? So much fun. Also, I should give a shout out to Tacoma Cabana and Hale Pele, two NW spots that know what they’re doing. I narrowed it to six bars.

The Bungalow Seattle WA

Outside of great drinks, what do you think are essential elements in creating the perfect Tiki environment?

Robb- The drinks and drink vessels are of course important, but if you’re looking to fully embrace the escapism that is Tiki, you cannot do it without many other elements. For me, the physical space is tantamount to the whole of Tiki. Dim colored lighting, natural materials (bamboo, thatch, etc.), nautical/oceanic materials (glass floats, nets, puffer fish, shells, etc.), wooden art and carvings (Tikis, Witco, etc.), Exotica and vintage Hawaiian steel guitar music is a must (see next Q&A). For me, the stuff that puts it all over the top is the old stuff; the nods to the rich history of Tiki. A vintage Trader Vic’s mug, a matchbook from a Don The Beachcomber, a menu from Kon Tiki, cocktails napkins from the Luau—that’s my sweet spot. Also, aloha wear is a must. I just bought my first cabana suit and it is slamming.

Ray and Robb in The Bungalow
Ray and Robb in The Bungalow

Do you feel that music has an important role in creating a great Tiki experience? What would be some of your favorite artists and albums?

Robb- 1000%. I’m overly focused on music wherever I am, which can be annoying. I’ve been to a good number of Tiki bars, and the ones that really stand out are the spots that play the right music. It’s essential. I haven’t done a deep-dive into the world of Exotica. Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman and Les Baxter seem to appease my needs there. I love vintage Hawaiian music and old steel guitar stuff. Rounder Records did some vintage comps of steel guitar masters and great singers from the late ’20s. Webley Edwards and Hilo Hawaiians are great. “My Little Grass Shack” always puts me in a good mood. Try the rendition by Tiny & His Hawaiian Bubbles.

The Bungalow Seattle WA

What does the future hold for you and the Bungalow?

Robb- The future is blurry, but we’re planning a few Bungalow throw-downs before doing anything rash. Sarah and I are getting increasingly more serious about leaving Seattle for a few grand adventures before we’re too old to uproot ourselves. Plus, this town is looking less and less familiar and costing more and more. Diminishing returns. I moved here in 1999 and I’ll add my voice to the growing din of complaints: how the hell are these developers getting approval for the wholesale demolition and transformation of this town?

The Bungalow Seattle WA

 

Anything else you would like to add?

Robb– Rum has been misunderstood and maligned since the repeal of prohibition. That’s changing thanks to the published Tiki-elite of today, like Jeff Berry and Martin Cate, but I’d like to simply say “There’s a rum for you.” I recently converted my dad, a gin man, with a rum old fashioned that utilized Abuelo 7 year. Now he asks every bartender whether they’ve heard of it. I hope that someday soon, the bartenders will actually say, “Yes, it’s delicious. Would you like one?” Come one, come all!

The Bungalow living room
Sarah and Robb in their home The Bungalow

I’d like to thank Yovany for all his awesome pictures used for this post.

Yovany in The Bungalow with Robb and Sarah
Yovany in The Bungalow with Robb and Sarah

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Tiki Blogging #6 TikiTrail http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-blogging-6-tikitrail/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-blogging-6-tikitrail/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 03:56:57 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4100 Living in Southern California, Jeff Ballard is at the epicenter of Tiki. There are tons of great Tiki bars all within a short drive of each other and Jeff makes a point to visit them as often as possible. Jeff also has a job that requires some traveling. When Jeff is on the road, or […]

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Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

Living in Southern California, Jeff Ballard is at the epicenter of Tiki. There are tons of great Tiki bars all within a short drive of each other and Jeff makes a point to visit them as often as possible. Jeff also has a job that requires some traveling. When Jeff is on the road, or should I say “Tiki Trail,” he writes about his adventures on his blog aptly called the TikiTrail

What is the Tiki scene like where you are located?

Jeff- I live in Southern California, the undeniable home of what we call Tiki or Polynesian Pop. And being in Orange County, we are fortunate  to have Don the Beachcombers, the Royal Hawaiian, and of course Disney’s Trade Sam—and their Enchanted Tiki Room! And then just to the south is San Diego with several bars, including the Bali Hai. And to the North we have LA with all that rich history: Tiki Ti, Tonga Hut, Tiki No, Pacific Seas at Clifton’s, and so many more!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail
What brought you into the “Tiki lifestyle” and how long has it been part of your life?

Jeff- Always been a fan of the tropical island escape, but it really came in to a greater significance for me when we redesigned our garage to be a Tiki-themed party room around 2012. I profiled the tale of how this became the theme in a Valentine’s Day post on my site. After the initial decorating, a friend mentioned that I’d like this thing in San Diego called Tiki Oasis. Once I was finally able to get to one (in 2015), I was immediately in full-bore!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail
When and what made you decide to start blogging about Tiki?

Jeff- I have had some blogs here and there over the years. As Tiki became more of a thing in my life—and people started asking me questions about it—it became more obvious to me that I needed to write about my experiences. I am very fortunate in my real job that I am able to travel and visit so many of the Tiki bars around the country and living in Orange County we have Tiki semi-monthly marketplaces. I started thinking of that poor Tiki while in Des Moines, Iowa or other places that are not as immersed in Tiki culture as we are. Where do they get their Tiki fix? And so the ideas started to flow. Today there is a blog and Facebook page where I write and share photos and videos. As for tomorrow? Well, we will see what comes next!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

What is your favorite Tiki drink? What do you think makes the perfect cocktail?

Jeff- I am really all about exploration. I like to try the special of the house or by the bartender at whatever Tiki bar I am visiting. But for comparison, I go to the Mai Tai to see how each bar does their specific version. So maybe that one is my favorite, just because there are so many ways to do it and there is great debate about its origins. Aside from the Mai Tai, I’d probably go Navy Grog. Love the taste and fun to make.

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

As for a perfect cocktail, that is so squarely in the eye—or in this case, the mouth —of the beholder. I tend to lean to the sweet-but-not-too-sweet type of drinks. And if I am making it, then the perfect cocktail is quick and easy (LOL)! If someone else is making it, I like the whole show, complex unique flavor, and a great mug always helps!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

What is your favorite Tiki bar? Why?

Jeff- I get to travel to many of the Tiki bars around the country, so I have quite a few to choose from! At this point, I would have to go with the Lei Low in Houston. It’s nothing to look at from the outside, but this is truly a case where looks are deceiving. When I go to the Tiki bars, I tend to look at five things: drinks, decor, music, food, and swag. Then I also consider the overall aloha vibe. The Lei Low scores high marks in all categories, especially in the aloha vibe. They have a very friendly staff that are great to talk to. The aloha vibe is probably the biggest factor for me. The drinks can be great, but if the staff has attitude or is aloof, then it ruins the whole experience.

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

A rising challenger for my favorite bar is the Forbidden Island in Alameda. I have only been there once and it felt immediately to me like it would be “my bar” if I was to create one. From the drinks to the swag to the decor to music/entertainment and more, I think this one will soon supplant the Lei Low. But for now, I still have the Lei Low in the top spot.

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

Outside of great drinks, what do you think are essential elements in creating the perfect Tiki environment?

 Jeff- Decor, food, music, swag, and aloha vibe. I was at a phenomenally decorated Tiki bar in Barcelona. The drinks were great. They had high marks on everything—except the aloha vibe. It was a very cold and indifferent staff that just seemed to be working at a Tiki bar and not really into the culture. We would not necessarily go back. You have to have a good mix of at least some of the elements, and as long as one is aloha vibe, it will be a great bar.

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail
Do you feel that music has an important role in creating a great Tiki experience? What would be some of your favorite artists and albums?

Jeff- I like a wide variety of music in the Tiki setting. I love contemporary Hawaiian (Bruddah Iz!), Exotica, and reggae (Marley and island reggae). I have started getting into rockabilly (Hula Girls, Rocker Covers, et al.), and all kinds of other music we come across on the scene, including the Ding Dong Devils. They are my favorites! And I have NO idea of how to classify them.

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

What does the future hold for you and the TikiTrail?

 Jeff- As I said, there is a plan and I am hoping to be revealing a whole lot more in the next few months!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

Anything else you would like to add?

Jeff- Let me know when you are down here! You have a standing invitation to the Taki Tiki!

Jeff Ballard - Tiki Trail

Here is TikiTrail’s website.

And Facebook Page.

 

 

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway, Day 3: Home Tiki Bar Tour http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-3-home-tiki-bar-tour/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-3-home-tiki-bar-tour/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:56:48 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=5038 This is the day we all have been waiting for… I have to admit that getting up early Sunday after ALL the action from yesterday was quite a task. My hotel bed never felt better, but you know what’s better than sleeping in? Checking out a bunch of home Tiki bars! A school bus picked […]

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Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

This is the day we all have been waiting for…

I have to admit that getting up early Sunday after ALL the action from yesterday was quite a task. My hotel bed never felt better, but you know what’s better than sleeping in? Checking out a bunch of home Tiki bars!

A school bus picked us up right outside the hotel lobby of the Red Lion and bee-lined to the Alibi where a breakfast buffet was ready for us…

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Was it okay to have a Zombie at 10:00 in the morning? I say yes!

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Once we filled our bellies, it was time to get back on the bus. Our first home Tiki bar was waiting.

Welcome to Gretchen and Chad’s Caviler Ranch…

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Not only is there a Tiki bar…

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

But there’s an in-ground pool that’s enclosed…

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

With a volcano that erupts!

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

 

Now that’s incredible.

Next stop on the tour was a visit to one of Portland’s best Tiki bars, Hale Pele!

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

After gulping down a Tiki drink or two, it was back on the bus to our next home Tiki bar: the Enchanted Jungle Lounge…

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Keith Hart’s bar showcases his love of Tiki, Disney, and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Elvis!

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

The Enchanted Jungle Lounge was so cool that I could have just stayed, but there was one more home bar to check out: Tiki Kon’s own Justin and Greg’s Sandy Bottom Lounge…

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

This was the end of the line for me. Sadly, reality (or should I say, Monday) was creeping up quickly. It was time to go home. Tiki Kon 2017 was such a blur. The action and activities were literally non-stop. The most important thing though was spending an entire weekend with Tiki friends new and old. I will see you all again next year!

Tiki Kon 2017 Home Bar Tour

There was not one but two highly talented photographers taking pictures of the home Tiki bar tour!

Sveinn Kjartansson shot the pictures at the Alibi, Hale Pele, and the Sandy Bottom Lounge.

Sveinn Kjartansson

Dieter Weber shot the pictures at Caviler Ranch and the Enchanted Jungle Lounge.

Dieter Weber - The Photographer

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Hooligans Scooter Club Tiki/Totem Run 2017 http://www.tikiwithray.com/hooligans-scooter-club-tikitotem-run-2017/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/hooligans-scooter-club-tikitotem-run-2017/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:18:02 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4999 At some point, my love of scooters and Tiki was going to overlap… Every year, my scooter club hosts a ride. This year, I thought it would be a cool to make it Tiki/Hawaiian-themed. So Day One of our rally was spent rolling around Seattle eating at Hawaiian places and drinking at Tiki bars! Kickstands […]

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Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

At some point, my love of scooters and Tiki was going to overlap…

Every year, my scooter club hosts a ride. This year, I thought it would be a cool to make it Tiki/Hawaiian-themed. So Day One of our rally was spent rolling around Seattle eating at Hawaiian places and drinking at Tiki bars! Kickstands up…let’s go!

It’s always a good idea to get a good breakfast in you before a long scooter ride, so we started at Kona Kitchen in North Seattle.

Kona Kitchen
Kona Kitchen

Actor Yuji Okumoto owns the Kona Kitchen. You might know him from playing Danny’s nemesis in Karate Kid 2. Check out this funny commercial for Kona Kitchen.

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

After loading up on eggs, bacon, pancakes, spam, and several cups of Kona coffee, it was time to take off.

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

The first Tiki bar on our trip was the North Shore Lagoon in Bothell, which is north of Seattle.

North Shore Lagoon
North Shore Lagoon Bothell WA

The ride was about as perfect as can be—sunny, but not too hot.

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

After we lined up our bikes for a photo-op, it was Tiki time!

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Our scooter pack took over the entire bar!

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

 

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

After a couple Tiki drinks, it was time to head back down to Seattle.

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

People were starting to get hungry, so we rode straight to Ohana in Belltown.

Ohana Seattle
Ohana Seattle

Ohana serves sushi and Japanese food. Do they have Tiki drinks? Why yes they do!

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

After relaxing on Ohana’s deck and recovering from Tiki drinks past and present, it was time for one last stop: the Diller Room

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

The Diller Room has Justin Wojslaw behind the bar and he happens to make the best Tiki drinks in town, hands down!

Justin - The Diller Room
Justin – The Diller Room

Justin’s drinks are strong and powerful. I knew we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so this was our final destination.

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

There’s nothing cooler that enjoying two things you love, especially at the same time!

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Thank you Hooligan Brother Yovany for all the great pictures!

Hooligans Tiki Totem Run 2017

Please support these awesome establishments. Here are some links..

Kona Kitchen

The North Shore Lagoon

Ohana

The Diller Room

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Tiki VIP #23 Tim Glazner Author of Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant and creator of the Swank Pad website http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-vip-23-tim-glazner-author-mai-kai-history-mystery-iconic-tiki-restaurant-creator-swank-pad-website/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-vip-23-tim-glazner-author-mai-kai-history-mystery-iconic-tiki-restaurant-creator-swank-pad-website/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 02:54:49 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4481 The Mai-Kai is the most important Tiki establishment there is. It is one of the last Tiki supper clubs that survived all these years and still gives the same Tiki experience as it did back in the day. The Mai-Kai’s history needs to be documented. Tim Glazner agrees. That is why he wrote Mai-Kai: History […]

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Presenting on the Mai-Kai stage for their 60th anniversary Photo by Medusirena Marina
Presenting on the Mai-Kai stage for their 60th anniversary Photo by Medusirena Marina

The Mai-Kai is the most important Tiki establishment there is. It is one of the last Tiki supper clubs that survived all these years and still gives the same Tiki experience as it did back in the day. The Mai-Kai’s history needs to be documented. Tim Glazner agrees. That is why he wrote Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant. Tim has been into the Tiki scene for a long time. Tim’s Tiki history is documented here for you…

What brought you into the “Tiki lifestyle” and how long has it been part of your life?

Tim- I’m not sure I’m in the Tiki lifestyle yet at all! I’m not really one for wearing aloha shirts except to events. I’ve always been a man of many hats from the ’80s when I hung out with the hardcore punks and the Goths and the hippies. I had the right outfit for any occasion. I came into Tiki by way of my interest in the Mid-Century. At the same time I was listening to and going to shows by Black Flag, I was listening to Perez Prado and Astrud Gilberto.

With Shag and the Cates at Hukilau
With Shag and the Cates at Hukilau
With Billy Mure at Hukilau 2004
With Billy Mure at Hukilau 2004

I was collecting ’50s and ’60s stuff from thrift stores. I went to Trader Vic’s in Atlanta in 1990, but really had little idea of Tiki. It was just a cool vintage place. Around 2000 when I was on the Exotica Yahoo Group, I started following the Tiki Central group. Then in 2002 when we put together the first Hukilau, Tiki became a big part of my life. We’d wanted to create an event and thought it would be a rockabilly or lounge type of thing, really.

The Hapa Haole Hideaway
The Hapa Haole Hideaway

Can you talk about the Swank Pad and Swank Pad Productions?

Tim- As a computer scientist, I was an early adopter of the internet. I started turning the stuff I collected and was interested in into web sites. It started as an AOL site actually and moved to a real page probably in the late ’90s or early century. I try to add to it, but time has me doing many other things. One day when I retire it’ll blow up with stuff! I also started working with my artist friends to do all sorts of things I dreamed up. I’ve done Tiki mugs with Crazy Al and Tiki Diablo, and a Tiki calendar with Mookie Sato and a whole bunch of artists. I did carving seminars with Benzart, Basement Kahuna, and others. I’ve done cocktail classes locally with my team and various events around the country, from huge ones like running Hukilau, to small book signings.

With Crazy Al at Hukilau
With Crazy Al at Hukilau

You wrote a book about the Mai-Kai. Care to talk about it?

Tim- The book is a culmination of my interest in the Mai-Kai and my interest in the Mid-Century. It was an organic process of collecting everything I could, which eventually turned into collecting stories. I started cold-calling old managers whose info I found on the internet. I had to tell them something to get them to talk to me, so I said I was writing a book. Talking to all the old-timers was a blessing, and a sort of curse. I was enthralled with all I was hearing and suddenly it began to really be a book. There were many fantastic stories and people, but it meant I had to do it. I was burdened with being the sole person to share these things with the world. I had to do it. And it was a ton of work. I actually reached a point at the end and had a sort of break down. I could not touch it. Luckily, my wife was able to step in and finish the work to get it in on deadline.

Mai Kai Book
Mai Kai Book

We are incredibly proud of the final product. It’s packed full of eye candy, but also tells new things about Donn Beach and the birth of Tiki and is a really readable history that is more anecdotes and tall tales than dry history.

With Mai-Kai owner Mireille Thornton in 2004
With Mai-Kai owner Mireille Thornton in 2004

You have a presentation coming up at Tacoma Cabana. What’s it all about?

Tim- I have worked to make this presentation like a documentary. It’s full of rare video and snippets of interviews—and of course, images—telling the story of how the Mystery Drink came into existence. How did this harebrained idea happen? Some of the notable people who have contributed to the story like Bettie Page and Johnny Carson are in there. It’s a jam-packed presentation.

Presenting on the Mai-Kai stage for the book release
Presenting on the Mai-Kai stage for the book release

What is your favorite Tiki drink? What do you think makes the perfect cocktail?

Tim- I’d say the Zombie Punch, but it’s so strong I don’t often make it. The real answer would be the Jet Pilot. That’s a go-to here and my guests tell me I make it better than anyone. I much prefer the Don the Beachcomber recipes with their dark rums and spicier notes. I make my Jet Pilot with (gasp) Myers’s Dark and that strong aroma is important to me.

Mixing Mai Tai's at the Knoxville Invitational Photo by Jennifer Essex
Mixing Mai Tai’s at the Knoxville Invitational Photo by Jennifer Essex

A perfect cocktail is well balanced, evolves as you drink it, and has a clean finish. When we make and grade drinks, at the end we ask ourselves, “Would we have another one?” meaning, right now. A really fantastic drink can have a bad finish and leave you craving something to cleanse your palate. The truly great drink makes you want to have one or two more in a row. Not that I don’t love a sour margarita, but in general, I want a more balanced drink with many flavors playing together.

Mixing Daiquiris at a local event with Knoxville Cocktails
Mixing Daiquiris at a local event with Knoxville Cocktails

What is your favorite Tiki bar? Why?

Tim- Let’s just retire the Mai-Kai jersey first. I think Humu has done that on Critiki by making it #1 forever, and for good reason. Read my book for a lot more on that. But #2 is the real answer. Hala Kahiki outside of Chicago is my answer. I’ve been there five or six times and several of those visits involved walking through snow to get there. That oasis in the world is really a great addition to the experience. The place is just fantastic, though. Before it abruptly closed, the Aku Tiki Room would have been it. Driving through miles of cornfields and pulling up to a barn…it was mind blowing when you stepped inside that place. I had a really killer event planned for it and then it was gone. The dramatic change of environment is what’s great about the Tiki bar experience. The most common phrase uttered as people walk into my home bar is “holy shit!”

Hala Kahiki
Hala Kahiki

 

What does the future hold for you?

Tim- I’m doing this west coast tour in August. Starting up there in Tacoma, then Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, Oceanic Arts and Tiki Ti in LA, Tiki Oasis, and then Tonga Hut in Palm Springs. We put our lives on hold for a year or so to make the book and we didn’t even really take a vacation. We are looking forward to a nice normal vacation again and trying to find a new house to move into. That’ll eat up our year, I’m sure. I’d love to finish the research I started on Don the Beachcomber. There are some very tantalizing possibilities for large amounts of material. And I have found a lot of close friends of the man and who knows how long their memories will last. It’s just a giant daunting task to write that full bio. We’ll see what can happen. Like childbirth, the pain of writing the book is starting to be far enough in the past that I can imagine doing it again.

1984 with my 63 Comet
1984 with my 63 Comet

Anything else you would like to add?

 Tim- I really feel like Tiki is turning a corner. It’s been changing for years of course. But in the sense of “mainstream” awareness, we may be on the cusp of something big. I am wondering when we will see a Tiki bar, an old school-style Tiki bar, in every major city again. I feel like that may happen soon. And the weird thing is I really don’t care. It might be good for my book, but my abiding interest has always been in the remnants of the past. A new bar opening is not nearly as interesting as a crusty old place still in existence. I’m an old fogey, but even when I was in my 20s I was like this. Back then I was a young fogey.

With my wife and editor Stephanie on Folly Beach
With my wife and editor Stephanie on Folly Beach

Here is the Swank Pad website and blog.

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway, Day Two: Justin and Greg’s Wedding and Melao de Cuba http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-justin-gregs-wedding-melao-de-cuba/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-justin-gregs-wedding-melao-de-cuba/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 03:17:59 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4887 And with the sound of the gong, the entire room fell silent… Justin DuPre and Greg Clap got married at Tiki Kon 2017 and we all got to be part of the celebration! Here’s how they did it… A long gong was rung and everyone got quiet while Justin and Greg took their seats on […]

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Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

And with the sound of the gong, the entire room fell silent…

Justin DuPre and Greg Clap got married at Tiki Kon 2017 and we all got to be part of the celebration! Here’s how they did it…

A long gong was rung and everyone got quiet while Justin and Greg took their seats on the stage.

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

The lovely MeduSirena appeared from the back of the ballroom and slowly and seductively danced her way up towards the stage where Justin and Greg were sitting.

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

The ballroom was whisper quiet. You could hear a pin drop.

MeduSirena held two glorious Tiki mugs. She presented one to Justin…

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

And then the other to Greg…

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

Then MeduSirena slowly left the stage.

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

As if on cue, Justin and Greg each took a sip of their respective mystery drinks…

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

And that was that. Justin and Greg were married!

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

I have to admit that I didn’t know what was going on until it was over. And then it came to me like a bolt of lightning: they were doing the mystery drink ritual from the Mai-Kai!

You’d think that a Tiki wedding would be a great way to end the evening. But not yet! Melao de Cuba brought their orchestra and it was time for some dancing, along with a little help from MeduSirena to get the crowd moving!

Was there a conga line? Why yes there was…

The Starella Sisters made an appearance and showed the crowd how it’s done!

Now Day Two of Tiki Kon 2017 was finally over. This was an epic day. We did a little of buying and selling, a little learning, a little laughing, and a lot of loving. Tiki Kon isn’t a Tiki convention, it’s an Ohana reunion! We truly are family here.

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

Thank you Dieter Weber for all the great photographs!

Dieter Weber making new friends
Dieter Weber making new friends

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway, Day Two: Room Parties And Charles Phoenix http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-room-parties-charles-phoenix/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-room-parties-charles-phoenix/#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:12:38 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4862 If you left the banquet dinner hungry, it was your own fault. The Caribbean food was incredible and there was more than enough for everyone. Now it was time for some Tiki drinks! On the west side of the Red Lion Hotel in the Tiki Kon hospitality suite, Tacoma Cabana’s own Jason Alexander and Amy […]

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Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

If you left the banquet dinner hungry, it was your own fault. The Caribbean food was incredible and there was more than enough for everyone. Now it was time for some Tiki drinks!

On the west side of the Red Lion Hotel in the Tiki Kon hospitality suite, Tacoma Cabana’s own Jason Alexander and Amy Hibel served drinks to an ever-growing line of thirsty Tikiphiles.

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

The room was quickly filled with aloha shirts and sarongs.

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

The party even bled out onto the porch!

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

Happening at the same time on the opposite end of the hotel, Blair of BG Reynolds was holding a little party of his own…

BG Reynolds Hospitality Suite - Tiki Kon 2017

Blair was making Tiki drinks one at time! No pre-mix here!

BG Reynolds Hospitality Suite - Tiki Kon 2017

BG Reynolds Hospitality Suite - Tiki Kon 2017

Blair’s cocktails were worth waiting for and the line stretched out the door to the suite and down the hall…

BG Reynolds Hospitality Suite - Tiki Kon 2017

Speaking of lines, it was time to go see the Ambassador Of Americana himself, Charles Phoenix! I made it up to the ballroom early and the line was already long and getting longer by the minute!

Waiting in line to see Charles Phoenix
Waiting in line to see Charles Phoenix

Why? Because Charles Phoenix knows how to put on a show!

Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

Charles came all the way up from California and brought his Mid-Century Tiki slides with him!

Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

If you ever get at chance to see Charles Phoenix do his retro-slideshow, go! There’s nothing like it!

Charles Phoenix at Tiki Kon 2017

Charles Phoenix brought the house down and left us wanting to see more.

Then there was a long gong and the room fell silent…

Greg and Justin's wedding at Tiki Kon 2017

Someone is getting married! Stay tuned….

Thank you Dieter Weber. I couldn’t do these posts without your incredible pictures!

Dieter Weber

 

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway, Day Two: Rum Class, Symposiums, and the Banquet Dinner with Lushy http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-rum-class-symposiums-banquet-dinner-lushy/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-rum-class-symposiums-banquet-dinner-lushy/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:56:43 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4786 If someone is going to teach you about the wide world of rum, that person should be Martin Cate. I believe Martin’s bar, Smuggler’s Cove, touts having the largest collection of rum. Martin came up to Tiki Kon to talk about rum… Along with samples! There was a ton of learning going on at Tiki […]

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Rum Class with Martin Cate at Tiki Kon 2017

If someone is going to teach you about the wide world of rum, that person should be Martin Cate. I believe Martin’s bar, Smuggler’s Cove, touts having the largest collection of rum. Martin came up to Tiki Kon to talk about rum…

Rum Class with Martin Cate at Tiki Kon 2017

Rum Class with Martin Cate at Tiki Kon 2017

Along with samples!

Rum Class with Martin Cate at Tiki Kon 2017

There was a ton of learning going on at Tiki Kon 2017. There were three symposiums to choose from! First up was Storytelling In Design with Blair Reynolds (BG Reynolds) and Brandon Kleyla (Trader Sam’s)…

Storytelling in Design Symposium -Tiki Kon 2017

Blair and Brandon talked about the history of Trader Sam’s and how it came to be a must stop for all Tikiphiles visiting Disney.

Storytelling in Design Symposium -Tiki Kon 2017

Next up was Our Man In Havana with Sven Kirsten…

Our Man in Havan Symposium with Sven Kirsten

Sven visited Havana and talked about his travels. Sven also had pictures to show and man, what a trip!

Our Man in Havan Symposium with Sven Kirsten

The third and final symposium was Pop/Counter Pop: Tiki Hit’s Today’s Pop Culture. Blair acted as host and Brandon Kleyla, Sven Kirsten and Brandon Giraldez (GeekiTikis) all got to speak their opinions on the tiki pop.

Tiki Hits Today's Pop Culture Symposium at Tiki Kon 2017

This all-star panel talked about the past, present, and future of Tiki. Very interesting topics were discussed, such as “clown” Tikis and cultural appropriation.

Tiki Hits Today's Pop Culture Symposium at Tiki Kon 2017

There was a ton of great information to take this afternoon. Now it was time to eat!

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Banquet

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Banquet

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Banquet

The Red Lion’s main ballroom filled in with hungry Tikiphiles and they got to enjoy an amazing buffet, Caribbean style!

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Banquet

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Banquet

While Lushy set the mood…

Lushy playing the Tiki Kon Banquet

Lushy playing the Tiki Kon Banquet

Lushy playing the Tiki Kon Banquet

Next up, Room Parties…

Tacoma Cabana Hospitality Hour - Tiki Kon 2017

The man behind all these great pictures… Dieter Weber!

Dieter Weber the man behind the camera.
Dieter Weber the man behind the camera.

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway, Day Two: The Island Marketplace http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-island-marketplace/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-two-island-marketplace/#comments Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:55:03 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4783 Day One of Tiki Kon was jammed pack with Tiki drinks, live bands, and even more Tiki drinks. As much as I would have liked to have slept in Saturday morning, I knew I couldn’t. The Island Marketplace was going on and the good Tiki stuff sells quickly. They say the early bird gets the […]

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Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Day One of Tiki Kon was jammed pack with Tiki drinks, live bands, and even more Tiki drinks. As much as I would have liked to have slept in Saturday morning, I knew I couldn’t. The Island Marketplace was going on and the good Tiki stuff sells quickly. They say the early bird gets the worm, so I got up, got dressed, choose my aloha shirt for the day, got some Starbucks (hey, I’m from Seattle!), and headed to the Island Marketplace…

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Fez-O-Rama at The Island Marketplace -Tiki Kon 2017

Fez-O-Rama at The Island Marketplace -Tiki Kon 2017

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

 

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

The Men From S.U.R.F. provided a perfect soundtrack while browsing for Tiki mugs and other Tiki stuff…

The Men from S.U.R.F. playing at the Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017
The Men from S.U.R.F. playing at the Island Marketplace – Tiki Kon 2017

They pulled out all the classic surf rock tunes and were great!

And the man himself showed up to sign books: Sven Kirsten!

Sven Kirsten signing books at Tiki Kon 2017

It was an honor to finally meet the man who literally wrote The Book Of Tiki!

Ray with Deba Deba and Sven Kirsten
Ray with Deba Deba and Sven Kirsten

After checking out the Tiki vendor’s wares, it was time to go to class—Rum Class to be exact—with none other than Martin Cate!

Rebecca and Martin Cate
Rebecca and Martin Cate

Stay tuned…

Thank you Dieter Weber for your amazing pictures..

Dieter is not stealing these bottles of rum, I swear!
Dieter is not stealing these bottles of rum, I swear!

 

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