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Friday-Yoga

8:30am-9:30am: Tiki Oasis Morning Yoga
This yoga class will create a beautiful flowing sequence setting you up for a wonderful Tiki Oasisday! Pairing breath to movement will give you a feeling of unification in your mind, body and spirit. This class strives to help you become in-tune with your body through stretching, opening, strengthening and aligning it.

Grassy Courtyard, Free

Friday-Singalong

9:30am- 10:30am: Singalong w/ King Kukulele
Warm up those pipes and join us for a sing-along with our very own Mayor of Kaunakakai, the one and only King Kukulele. You’ll not only learn how to pronounce humuhumunukunukuapua’a, but sing it too! All ages and singing (dis)abilities welcome and encouraged!

Hello Kitty Tiki Giveaway!

Atrium, Free

i-spy

10am – 11am: Spy Bop Royale: Music for the Sophisticated Secret Agent w/David Broussal
An exploration into the mysterious realm of exotica from the world of International Espionage. From the musical origins of the globe trotting International Detectives to the Euro-Spy explosion of the 60’s. David Broussal from Spy Bop Royale will delve into the influences, composers, films, T.V. shows, and most of all the tunes!

Peacock Room II, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Friday-Heather-David

10am- 11am: Motel Tiki w/ cultural historian Heather David
Postwar economic prosperity drew people to the roads in record numbers—for business as well as for pleasure. In response to the sharp increase in American mobility, independently owned roadside motels rapidly materialized along the nation’s thoroughfares. In an effort to attract business in a highly competitive market, many motel owners embraced exotic themes. The Polynesian-themed motel was a natural extension of the mainland’s fascination with the South Pacific. With names like  Kon Tiki, Kona Kai, and Waikiki, tropical motels once dotted the country.  Get your sun hat on and Kodak camera ready… because we are taking a mid-century road trip to paradise.  It’s time for MOTEL TIKI.

Sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian

Grand Hanalei Ballroom West, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Violetta Beretta

10am-11am: Snake Dance w/ Violetta Beretta
Distract your foes with the charm of the snake dance. In this dance class you will learn unique dance choreography that is sexy, slithering and sizzlin’ from Hawaii’s Burlesque Sweetheart Violetta Beretta! Wear comfortable clothing. No live snakes will be part of this symposium.

Grassy Courtyard, Free

MarchoftheTikiGodsEricOctober

10:30am – 12noon: Make Your Own Foam Board Tiki w/ Eric October
Tiki Artist Eric October will instruct you in the steps to cut and paint an 8×10 foam board Tiki. The first 40 attendees will be provided with all the tools and materials needed to create a ready-to-hang piece or art!
Please note: This class requires the use of sharp cutting tools.

Peacock Room I, $20

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Man-from-Uncle

11am-12noon: The Secret World of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” w/ Robert Short
James Bond creator, Ian Fleming’s other spy Napoleon Solo and his co-agent for the U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) Illya Kuryakin stepped out of shadows in Sept. 22 1964 to become television’s first network spy series. In its four year run, it became a worldwide cultural phenomenon that would eventually influence everything from fashion, comic books, movies and television shows such as “Mission Impossible”, “Get Smart” and even “Hullaballoo”. Join long time U.N.C.L.E. fan, Robert Short, who appeared on the original series, served as the UNCLE technical adviser (yes, there is such a thing) on “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.” TV movie and worked on the recent Warner Bros. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” feature film, as he takes you behind-the-scenes and into the incredible secret world of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Grand Hanalei Ballroom East, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

11:30am-12:30pm: Hula & Tahitian Dance 101 w/ Honey Hula-la
Honey Hula-la is a professional Polynesian dancer, competitor, and instructor for 17 years. Join Honey Hula-la in a beginner Hula & Tahitian Dance class!  Wear clothes you can easily move in.

Atrium, Free

Friday-Swanky-Mai-Kai

12:30 – 1:30pm: Mystery at the Mai-Kai w/ “Swanky” Tim Glazner

A multimedia presentation about the history of the Mai-Kai through an in -depth look at one of its most iconic creations, the Mystery Drink. You’ll see rare video, hear interviews with those involved, and travel back to the high days of the mid-century in this documentary style seminar featuring celebrity customers, like Johnny Carson and the New York Yankees, beautiful and legendary servers like Bettie Page, and a wide ranging supporting cast like Bunny Yeager.

The Mai-Kai Co-Sponsored by The Mai-Kai and Brugal Anejo Rum

Grand Hanalei Ballroom West, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

spy-water

12:30-1:30pm: The Spy Who Came In From The Pool
NYC cocktail enthusiasts and bloggers Karen McBurnie and Vicky Sweat bring you….Mission Intoxible: Good afternoon, agents. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to report for a briefing on the swinging spies and supervillains from the screen and  page, and their suave or sinister beverages. Prepare to stop the diabolical bad-taste-niks of S.W.I.L.L. and obliterate a cocktail or two from our liquid arsenal.

Co-Sponsored by Cointreau and Remy VSOP

Peacock Room II, $35

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

firsts

1pm-2:30pm: Tiki Oasis Storytelling: “My First”
Do you remember your first time at Tiki Oasis? Your first Mr. Bali Hai? The first time you met your Tiki best friend/ partner/spouse/ohana? Come share your story! In Hawaii, the ancient art of storytelling is called mo’olelo, and like those customs of old and new storytelling series like The Moth, we’re inviting people to get up and share their stories of their Tiki Oasis firsts — hilarious or sad or kooky or fun, it’s all part of the shared experience and oral history of our beloved weekender.  And if you don’t want to perform*, come and listen and be a part.

*Participants will fill out entry cards (and waivers for recording) upon arrival, and then chosen to get up and “perform” by raffle. All stories should be told, not read — it’s part of the spontaneity and fun.

Sponsored by Zaya Rum

Grand Hanalei Ballroom East, $10

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Miss Dirty Martini

2pm – 3:00pm Mastering the Bump & Grind w/ Dirty Martini
Join classically trained dancer Miss Dirty Martini as she breaks down the basics of burlesque dance for dancers of all levels. Perfect for those students who have not experienced a movement class before, Miss Martini introduces the classical dance class structure in a friendly and positive atmosphere. Class starts with a warm up emphasizing movement based in jazz, ballet and Middle Eastern dance techniques that strengthen the abdominal core and help to promote an economy of movement within the body. Proper alignment and coordination is the focus while students learn how to shake what they’ve got and carry it with pride. The class progresses with exercises developed to enhance proper deportment and stage presence enhancing each person’s individuality. The building blocks of burlesque choreography are emphasized while students learn a short routine to Miss Martini’s striptease music favorites.

Peacock Room I, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

friday-cleve

3pm-4:30pm: Tiki 101 – The Rise, The Fall, The Resurrection, The Redemption w/ Brother Cleve
A “history in a mug” that follows the evolution of tropical drinks, the folks who made them, and the places that served them, beginning with its roots in the 1920’s, filled with photos, music, movies, all told from Brother Cleve’s unique perspective as a tiki lover since the 1960’s, and a participant in its 90’s revival. Enjoy a cocktail or two curated by Brother Cleve!

Co-Sponsored by Denizen Rum and Trader Vic’s

Grand Hanalei Ballroom West, $40

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

Friday-Science-of-Rum

3:00pm – 4:30pm: Hacking Nature to produce a modern Rum w/ Bryan Davis
According to GQ, Bryan Davis is “One of the most raved about young distillers in the US”.  His work, studying the science of distillation and maturation, spans two decades.   Over the years he has been obsessed with gaining creative control over the spirit and has managed to successfully hack the barrel creating many award-winning rums that have the chemical signature profile of 20-year-old rum. Join Bryan Davis on a journey through flavor – enjoying sips of dense rich rum along the way.

Sponsored by Lost Spirits

Peacock Room II, $35

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

Saturday-El-Vez

9am-10am: Hangover Stretch it out Class with El Vez
Hangover be gone! Get your body moving in this early morning stretch class. El Vez will lead you through a gentle warm-up that will wake you up and get your body, mind and SOUL ready to take on the rest of the Tiki Oasis weekender! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. let’s go!!

Grand Hanalei Ballroom East, $10

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

theremin

10am-11am: Forbidden Art of the Theremin – Espionage & Fantasy w/ Robert Silverman
Learn about the double-life of Leon Theremin as a brilliant electronic inventor and Soviet Spy! This lecture includes video clips from famous movies featuring the Theremin, a live demonstration of the Theremin AND a chance to play the Theremin!

Grand Hanalei Ballroom West, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Waltah

10am-11am: Waltah Clarke: Mission Exotica w/ Mike Skinner
Beachboy, playboy, entrepreneur…Waltah Clarke embodied the allure of the tropics. From his Beachboy days during the Golden Age of Waikiki, becoming Don the Beachcomber’s right hand man, helping build the International Market Place in Honolulu to owning the largest chain of South Seas Resort Wear stores with shops in Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Honolulu and even Disneyland…he led a Hawaiian Way of Life. An unsung hero of Polynesian Pop Culture, Waltah was the Merchant of Hawaiian Romance!

Peacock Room II, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

bondgirl

10:30am-12 noon: 60s Bond Girl – Make-Up Tutorial w/ Nikki Napalm
You can achieve a classic smokey cat eye, the perfect nude lip, and vicious cheekbones in this Live Make-up Tutorial with pin-up expert Nikki Napalm! You will learn all the tips and tricks to achieve that sultry 60’s Bond Girl look! Ka Pow! This symposium is an informative look-and-learn demonstration where you will be watching, taking notes, video, audio and asking questions.

Peacock 1, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Sponsored by Suavecita

The Devil-Ettes

10:30am-11:30am: The Devil-Ettes Spy Dance Party Au Go Go

Learn all the spy-au-go-go dance moves to keep you go-goin’ no matter where you roam! San Francisco’s sweethearts The Devil-Ettes will teach you how to Frug in Fiji, Swim in Sweden, Hully Gully in Hungary, Boogaloo in Barbados and Twist at Tiki Oasis! Bring a water bottle. Go Go Boots are optional!

Atrium, $10 — all proceeds benefit International Dance Association of San Diego

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

art-of-tiki

11am-12noon: The Art of Tiki – A Preview w/ Sven Kirsten & Otto von Stroheim
“The Art of Tiki” is the title for the upcoming 21st Anniversary TIKI ART SHOW at La Luz gallery. In 1996 Otto von Stroheim curated the first ever gallery show of Tiki art, titled “21st Century Tiki.” Twenty one years later he has curated a sequent exhibit surveying the current Tiki art scene. Kirsten’s new book “The Art of Tiki” will be published in conjunction with the exhibition (release date Oct 2017). This book allows Sven to focus on what got him into Tiki in the first place: Tiki ART! The exhibition and book will show both rare vintage Tiki art, and modern revival Tiki art. Less academic and more irreverent pure visceral Polynesian Pop imagery will be released to the Tiki-hungry public. You will get to see a preview of this eye candy and hear Sven’s and Otto’s humorous recollections of the early Tiki archeology and art scene.

Grand Hanalei Ballroom East, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Co-Sponsored by AMRUT Rum and Orgeat Works, Ltd.

Danny-Beiderman

12 noon – 1pm: Ultimate Cool: The Great 60s Spy Craze!  w/ Danny Biederman
Come spy with us as Danny Biederman—author of “The Incredible World of Spy-Fi” and writer/producer of Discovery Channel’s “Hollywood Spytek”—revisits the pop culture SPY CRAZE that shook the world in the 1960s. Flashing back through stories and film clips, you’ll learn—or reminisce—about the coolest movies and TV series ever—James Bond and beyond. It was an era when every TV network and neighborhood theater featured tales of heroic secret agents defeating evil masterminds with a mix of exotic weapons, clever gadgets, expert karate, witty repartee and oodles of charm … and never a doubt that the kiss of a beautiful woman signaled either imminent danger or reward for mission accomplished! Don your trench coats and shades and slink on over for this flashback to the coolest of times!

Peacock Room II, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Sponsored by Kraken Rum

Beachbum Berry

12 noon – 1:3pm: The Suffering Bastard: Joe Scialom, International Barman of Mystery w/  Jeff “Beachbum” Berry
Cairo, Havana, London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, New York, San Juan — from the 1930s through the 1960s, legendary mixologist “Joe The Bartender” was everywhere and nowhere, always one step ahead of governments who suspected him of espionage because he served so many heads of state, generals, and journalists. This seminar reveals the untold story of the trained chemist who spoke eight languages and survived two revolutions, imprisonment, and exile to create such infamous exotic drinks as the Suffering Bastard and the Tropical Itch. Presented by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, who spent two years tracking down his elusive subject.

Sponsored by Don Q Rum

Grand Hanalei Ballroom West, $50

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

goldfinger

12:30-2pm: Tiki Oasis Book Club Presents: GOLDFINGER by Ian Fleming
Tiki Oasis is pleased to present the undisputed master of international espionage: Bond… James Bond. Written in 1959, “Goldfinger” is the 7th of the Bond novels by Ian Fleming, featuring the debonair 007 and the deliciously dastardly villain, Auric Goldfinger –the man with the Midas touch. Corrupt canasta, a killer bowler hat, Pussy Galore and her Flying Circus — this is one of the best and most iconic of all the Bond novels (and films). Will Bond save the world economy from a madman who wants to take down Fort Knox? Will the world be smashed by SMERSH? Come to Tiki Oasis Book Club and find out!  Though Bond preferred shaken martinis to mixed mai-tais, it will be an Operation Grand Slam! Book club is hosted once again by Karen Finlay!

Atrium, Free

Sponsored by Calwise Spirits

Saturday-Hair

12:30-1:30pm Pin-Up Hairstyling with Lola Demure
From sleek espionage chic to under-the-radar cool, which famous spy is your style icon? Lola Demure will guide you thru a step-by-step process to create your own vintage hair style masterpiece! Most demonstration will be look-and-learn, but bring a comb, brush and some clips should you you get inspired to play along with your own lovely locks! All attendees will receive a goodie bag of sample products.

Peacock Room I, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Co-Sponsored by Temptress Fashion and Deadhead Rum

Jason Lee

3pm-5pm: Jason Lee hosts “Unplugged at Tiki Oasis”
Time to get unplugged with Jason Lee! Bring your guitar and learn some spy-tastic guitar licks from the master himself! With an extensive background in recording for television networks and performing live with his band, the R.I.P.tides, this is surely a class not to miss. All skill levels welcome! Jason will have on hand a few extra guitars and might even sneak in an amp or two. Look forward to sharing the love of guitar and learning new techniques!

Atrium, Free

Martin Cate

3:30pm-6pm: The Quadrumvirate: Smuggler’s Cove, Hale Pele, Lost Lake, and False Idol LIVE!
To commemorate Martin Cate’s 10th Annual Tiki Oasis Cocktail Symposium, he has brought together for the first time each of his four unique tiki concepts for a celebration of what makes the tiki bar an enduring and vital part of American cocktail culture. Featuring a journey through the evolution of both décor and exotic cocktails and peppered with interviews and drink demonstrations, you’ll learn and taste your way through tiki’s golden era and modern revival. Learn from the owners and bartenders what shapes their ideas on cocktails, service, and sharing tiki culture with their communities. Representing three states, more than 300 cocktails, and over 1600 rums, experience how the most awarded tiki bars of the modern era spread a message of aloha and escapism.

Grand Hanalei Ballroom West, $50

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

Sponsored by Plantation Rum

cocktails

3:30pm AND 4:30pm Entry: Tiki Tasting – SPECIAL EVENT!
This special event is NOT part of any other Tiki Oasis Ticket package.

NEW this year – Tiki Tasting special event! Interact one-on-one with makers representing new products, and some of our old favorites. Tiki Oasis has curated an international collection of a very limited number of rum and other spirit brands that go well in Tiki cocktails + other items that pair well. Sample and taste offerings from Don Q (Puerto Rico), The Real McCoy (Barbados), Orgeat Works Ltd. (New York), Deadhead (California), Rum Fire (Jamaica), Mount Gay (Barbados), Real (Indiana), North Park Nuttery (California), AMRUT (India), Casa D’Aristi (Mexico), Tanduay (Philippines), Denizen Rum (Trinidad/Jamaica/Martinique) Calwise Spirits (California), and Brugal (Dominican Republic). Also, say ALOHA to our friends at The California Rum Festival.

Co-Sponsored by Geeki Tikis and The Rum Lab. Attendees will receive a Geeki Tikis muglet for tasting with price of admission.

Peacock Room I & II, $20

kiki yoga

9:00am-10:00am: Forrest Yoga Level 1-2
With Forrest Yoga Guardian (and longtime Devil-Ette!) Kiki Lovelace

Find out why Kiki Lovelace was recently nominated Best Yoga Teacher in the East Bay by Oakland Magazine! Join us for a 60-minute Forrest Yoga class, designed to release your tense and sore spots and strengthen and enliven your weaker areas. We’ll focus on deep breathing and healing moves for the hips, neck and shoulders, leaving you feeling revitalized and refreshed after your big Saturday night!
Bring a yoga mat or towel and your water bottle. Beginners to yoga are welcome.

Location, Grand Ballroom

tots-tour

9:30am-10:30am: Tiki Tot Tour w/ King Kukulele
Create lasting memories for your kids with the annual Tiki Tour of the Crowne Plaza (formerly the Hanalei Hotel). The kids will have a blast as they tour the hotel grounds with King Kukulele meeting up close and personal many ‘tiki’ friends. Every year this event features many (secret-to-the-tots) Tiki celebrities!

Atrium, Free

Charles Phoenix

11am-12noon: Charles Phoenix: Fins, Flair & Futurism!
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Space Age Automotive Styling

Be prepared for your vintage car lovin’ spirit to soar Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes us on the ultimate ride to the wondrous world of Detroit’s most extreme era of motoring!

With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for odd-ball detail, Charles reveals the most beautious and bizarre mid-century show cars, sport coupes, stations wagons, luxury sedans and colorful convertibles. Don’t miss this fun-filled, hi-octane, extravaganza of kitschy and classic car culture!

AFTERSHOW TIKI MUG SIGNING: Charles signs his Alohaland Pudcano!

Grand Hanalei Ballroom, $25

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Vintage Tapa pattern printed on Fabric

11am-12noon: Conversation on Cultural Exchange
Finding the line between appreciation and misappropriation can be tricky sometimes. Even with the best of intentions, we sometimes find ourselves uncertain if we’re being irreverent or irresponsible. Join us for a moderated conversation on navigating our love of Tiki while respecting the culture we love. Moderated by Sheila S. Siani

Peacock I, free

Suzanne Long

12noon-1:30pm: Suzanne Long and the Modern Tropical Cocktail
Come learn how to mix some of Suzanne Long’s most famous modern tropical classics in this brand new class for Tiki Oasis 2017! Together we will make the Black Orchid and Gunpowder Swizzle, plus a special all new cocktail never before released to the public. We’ll taste each ingredient, talk about the importance of choosing rums for each cocktail, and have a hands on technique lesson.

Peacock II, $35

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

Co-Sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, The Real McCoy and Rhum Clement

Sunday---Tyree

1pm-2pm: Tyree, Black Velvet and South Pacific Artist w/ CJ Cook
Ralph Burke Tyree was an American artist of the mid-twentieth century who had a prolific career painting scenes from the South Pacific. His love of the islands was sparked as a WWII Marine posted to Samoa where he became the resident marine-base artist. After the war, he split his years between California and the Pacific, capturing the quiet exoticism of island people and landscapes in oil on board and black velvet. He was one of the premier artists of the Tiki culture movement that swept the United States in the 1960s and which is having a rebirth today.

Peacock Room I, $15

(Entry is included with BOTH Cocktail and Deluxe passes)

Sponsored by Sapporo

ukes

1pm-3pm: Uke Jam
Join us for the annual Tiki Oasis Uke Jam! King Kukulele will be hosting this session, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atrium. There is no fee to join in, and don’t worry about being experienced in your playing, just bring a ukulele. You never know who will stop by!

Atrium, Free

battle

3pm-4:30pm: Tiki Oasis San Diego Bartenders Battle
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head- to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!

Peacock Room II, $25

(Entry is included with Cocktail pass)

Co-Sponsored by Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof, Rum Fire and Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum in Conjunction with Real, Kraken Rum and Orgeat Works, Ltd.