Friday Seminars

Friday 8/9: 8:30am-9:30am
Courtyard

Free Event

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!!

El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation, and the world! A modern multicultural hybrid of Americana & Mexicano, he is more than entertainment, he is a thinking man’s Elvis, a post-modern King with a Latin twist, the Chicano experience presented and told through the songs of Elvis. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, MTV, HBO, CNN, and Live with Regis & Kathy Lee. He has even been a question on Jeopardy!

 

Friday 8/9: 9am-10am
Atrium

Free Event

Singalong with King Kukulele

Warm up those pipes and join us for a sing-a-long 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!

King Kukulele is a comedian, actor and ukuleleist with inexorable energy who has performed around the world, singing hapa haole and novelty songs at all kinds of shows from Hollywood movie premieres to Disneyland. He composed a promotional song about tropical fruits and fish for the Orange County Fair, as well as “I Don’t Eat Poop,” a song written for the California Board of Public Health. The latter song was not used.

 

Friday 8/9: 10am-11am
Grand Hanalei Ballroom: Lagoon

$15

Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki

Join host Martin Lindsay in celebrating the history of Polynesian pop culture, tiki restaurants, bars and cuisine from San Diego and Tijuana. Learn more about the people who’ve brought us good times, food and exotic cocktails in tropical settings for over 90 years. Martin will share new research, urban archeological finds and images in this fascinating visual survey.

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Martin S. Lindsay is an art director, culinary historian, and author. He lectures on design and history. Martin has contributed to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller The 4-Hour Chef and is the author of Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018, a visual history and celebration of Polynesian culture, Tiki restaurants and bars from the San Diego/Tijuana region. Martin has over 37 years of experience in branding and design. His design firm serves the San Diego arts community, foodservice and restaurant industries.| website

 

Friday 8/9: 10am-11am
Peacock I

$15

Lalani Hawaiian Village & other Family Stories w/ Randy Avon

The most historic, informative, most authentic 1940s Waikiki history presentation will happen at Tiki Oasis when members of the Mossman family share their incredible history.  Honorable Randy Avon, his sister, and his brother in law will share stories of Lalani Hawaiian Village, and their Hawai’i relatives including Don Ho, Sterling Mossman, Former Justice and OHA Board member Boyd Mossman, first Cousin, Kimo Kahoano, and of course the “Face of Hawaii”, their mom Pualani Mossman.  Avon will also share dozens of examples of Pualani Mossman when she was the Original poster girl for the Matson Line, featured Star at The Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in NYC, Broadway Star and the star of the first color movie made in Hawaii! She was also the motivation for the song written by Alex Anderson in 1940 “Lovely Hula Hands” and Honored by the Hawaii Legislature at the Millennium as “The Face of Hawaii” of the Century.

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Randy Avon family is prominent in Hawaiian culture starting with his grandfather George Mossman who started Lalani Village which was inspiration for Walt Disney’s design for his park! His mother, Pualani Mossman Avon, was the lead dancer with Ray Kinney and other bands performing at the Hawaiian Room Hotel Lexington. Her dancing inspired the writing of “Lovely Hula Hands”. Randy was the South Eastern Manager for Rums of Puerto Rico starting in the late 60s. In the 1970s Randy served in the Florida House of Representatives.

 

Friday 8/9: 10:30am-12noon
Peacock I

$20

Field Guide to Tiki Decorating LIVE! Trader Brandon & Typhoon Tommy

Grab a paintbrush and join Trader Brandon and Typhoon Tommy as they take you on a hands-on tour of The Field Guide to Tiki Decorating. You’ll create a little rusty or aged masterpiece of your own, perfect for your home bar.

Limited Supplies. Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Trader Brandon was the head decorator and writer for both Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar & Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Typhoon Tommy is a themed entertainment scenic artist and designer of “Suffering Bastard” in Sanford Florida.| website

 

Friday 8/9:  11am-12:30
Grand Hanalei Ballroom

$15

Walt Disney Discovers TIki w/ David “Dr. Skipper” Marley

Dr. Skipper is back with new tales about Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise! This time he will talk about the artists and inspirations behind the creation of Disneyland’s Adventureland and the Jungle Cruise. From the imaginations of Disney artists such as Harper Goff and Rolly Crump to the first gallery exhibition of tiki art, the inspiration came from many sources. Marley will also be sharing wild stories from the early years of Disneyland from his new book More Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise.

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley is a former Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skipper and stand up comic who teaches history at California State University, Fullerton. His books, Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise, and its brand new sequel, More Skipper Stories, are the first oral histories of a Disneyland attraction. He is a member of the Hyperion Historical Alliance, a group of scholars who work with the Walt Disney Company. Under the name Dr. Skipper he is an artist who makes Disney and Tiki inspired creations.| website

 

Friday 8/9:  11am-12noon
Atrium

Free Event

Hula w/ Di’Lovely

Di’ Lovely is not only Miss Tiki Oasis 2017 she also grew up as a Polynesian dancer, performing at the Bali Hai Restaurant, and continues to perform hula at the competitive level. In this entry level class come and learn the graceful, enchanting, mesmerizing hula. Not only is this class FUN, it’s great low impact exercise that keeps the body flexible and fluid. Wear comfortable clothing.

Free Event

Di’ Lovely grew up as a Polynesian dancer, performing at the Bali Hai Restaurant, and continues to perform at the competitive level. Di’ Lovely has been teaching dance for over 20 years and is sought-after artist, teaching across North America, to as far as the Philippines & Australia!

Friday 8/9:  12-1:30pm
Peacock II

$50 – SPECIAL EVENT

Wine Appreciation with vintners, Judd Finkelstein and Gerald Casale

Winemakers Judd Finkelstein and Gerald Casale invite you to join them as they make wine approachable and break down the intimidation factor surrounding the world of wine. Get wine-confident! You’ll learn sensory techniques and food pairing tips, gain knowledge of common grape varieties, hear engaging stories, and have some laughs throughout. Of course, all of this will be accompanied by an array of their wines The Fifty By Fifty and Judd’s Hill winery.

SPECIAL EVENT not included with any other ticket.

Judd Finkelstein is the proprietor of Judd’s Hill winery in Napa Valley and has 40+ years of winemaking experience in this famed region. In his other life, he is the band leader of the old-timey Hawaiian-style combo, The Maikai Gents. Gerald Casale is the co-founder of the band DEVO, a longtime wine educator, and proprietor of the Pinot Noir based wine brand The Fifty By Fifty

 

Friday 8/9: 12:30-2pm
Peacock I

$15 @ door option to purchase $20 kit

Enid Collins Inspired Treasure Box

The 1980s were all glitz and glamour but there was someone in the 1960s who was all about the sparkle and she was Enid Collins. Nicole Pacheco is happy to teach you about this amazing woman and her jeweled handbags and accessories. To this day, her bags are still highly collectible. In this hands-on workshop*, you will learn about creating your own Enid Collins inspired treasure/jewelry box. Kits will be available for purchase and include a pre stenciled wood box and all the gems and supplies you need to master your creation. Do you have an original Enid Collins bag, bring it and we’ll take a group photo next to our new creations! * NOTE: Kits are NOT included in the price of the class! You may audit the class OR purchase a kit at $20 at the door.

 

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Nicole Pacheco is a lifelong crafter and maker. She is a matchy matchy enthusiast and sews all of her and her husband’s aloha wear! She recently started Nikolani, a custom aloha wear business making matching caftans and shirts. Nicole’s day job is the owner of StitchCraft, a hip sewing studio and fabric store in Petaluma, CA. | website

 

Friday 8/9: 1pm-2:30pm
Grand Hanalei Ballroom

$50

Ingredients Matter: Guide to Drinking Well

Hosted by Randy Tarlow from Liquid Alchemist, this seminar covers the importance of choosing quality ingredients when making cocktails; examining spirits, liqueurs, syrups, juices, and ice; why we choose fresh and premium vs artificial products; how these ingredients affect the taste and presentation of cocktails. And most important, how to drink well to prevent a hangover. Guests will leave with the understanding of what they are actually consuming and why they should be discerning when ordering a cocktail, how pricing for quality products is justified, and health-conscious options for the long party weekend.

Entry is included with Cocktail pass. This seminar is 21+

Randy Tarlow is the founder of Liquid Alchemist natural syrups. A dedicated proponent of the global cocktail community and member of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild, he has tended bar and directed beverage programs around the globe. In 2012 this experience led him he created a
line of natural syrups as an alternative to the artificial products on the market that were available to us. Tarlow is also an advocate for importance of health and wellness in the service industry. When not traveling for Liquid Alchemist Randy Tarlow can be found posting cocktails on Instagram, adventure riding, and spending time with his dog Otis Redding.

 

Friday 8/9: 1pm-2:30pm
Grand Hanalei Ballroom: Lagoon

$15

Create a World of Tiki in your Home Bar

Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation is ready to reveal all the secrets of creating a world of Tiki in your home. Starting with six blank walls — yes, the ceiling matters, too! Learn how to tackle the process of creating a tiki paradise so that you too, can transform any room in your house into your own great escape. Based on interviews with professional tiki bar designers and homeowners who shared lessons from their projects, plus countless hours of research to create her own “Mahalo Lounge”, Pam has distilled this creative project into seven distinct steps. You’ll hear about tiki-theory essentials, design concepts, options for materials and where to get them, the big no-no’s, and more. Creating a home tiki bar can be an intimidating project – “more is more” here, but you can do it if you take it step-by-step!

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Pam Kueber is the creator and publisher of RetroRenovation.com, a website focused on helping owners of mid-century homes find resources and inspiration to renovate them in period style. The New York Times in 2011 called the site “the go-to destination for enthusiasts who want to restore houses built during the post-World War II boom.” Kueber launched the site in October 2007 after she had struggled to find resources to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms in her own 1951 colonial-ranch house. She uncovered many hard-to-find products and after she was done, she decided to share her research with others.

 

Friday 8/9: 3:00pm – 4pm
Peacock II

$15

Aloha from Vilma! The Secret Diaries of a Clifton’s Cafeteria Camera Girl

In the 1930s visionary restaurateur Clifford Clinton established the world’s first Polynesian themed cafeteria, the Pacific Seas. It was a tiki aficionado’s holy grail and was a premier tourist destination. Clifton’s hired a team of female photographers to take souvenir photos. Vilma was determined to blaze a path to success using her brains and Hollywood-starlet looks. Vilma’s daughters share hilarious diary entries that reveal a fiercely independent Camera Girl whose aspirations eventually led her down a criminal path. Will Vilma escape with her good name? Attend this one-of-a-kind illustrated lecture and find out!

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

In the 1950s, Miriam & Victoria Caldwell’s mother Vilma was Clifton’s Cafeteria’s staff photographer. After her passing, the sisters discovered their mother’s refreshingly candid diaries and hundreds of never-before-seen photographs while working as a beautiful young shutterbug. Inspired, they dug into the history of the lost tiki-paradise of Clifton’s Pacific Seas and Hollywood’s glamorous Golden Era, where Vilma and her camera sought true love. They are working on a book about their mother’s diaries, Clifton’s Cafeteria and Hollywood’s camera girls. I Website

 

Friday 8/9: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Peacock I

$15

 The Heart of Tiki w/ Jochen Hirschfeld

An exploration of what makes tiki, Tiki. Follow director Jochen Hirschfeld on his personal hunt for a conceptual structure in Tiki. This seminar will start with the basics of the genre, the visual style and the storytelling approach of Tiki …but then dig deeper to discover an underlying core … a core that holds it all together. Tiki was a big part of pop culture in the past. We see that Tiki continues to reinvent itself and will continue to be re-interpretated in the future. Understanding the heart of Tiki will help us on the way.

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Jochen Hirschfeld is a filmmaker and photographer who travels the world hunting down interesting stories about cocktails, crafts, and oddities. He is part of the early tiki revival and directed a documentary about the tiki phenomenon which was released in 2012 under the title of The DVD of TIKI – Vol. I / Paradise Lost. Many also know him under the name of his alter ego, the adventurous Mister “Van Hagen“I Website

 

Friday 8/9: 3:30pm – 5pm
Grand Hanalei Ballroom

$50

Mai Tai Roa A’e! w/Jeff “Beachbum” Berry

The world’s most famous Tiki drink is 75 years old this year … and so is the war over who invented it.  Trader Vic claimed he invented the Mai Tai in 1944. Bandleader Harry Owens claimed he introduced the Mai Tai to the world in 1954.  And Don The Beachcomber said he invented the Mai Tai way back in 1932.  At the risk of getting fragged in the crossfire, Beachbum Berry will examine the evidence and serve up samples of different Mai Tai recipes — including Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai, still “da kine” after all these years!

Entry is included with Cocktail pass. This seminar is 21+

One of Imbibe Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of seven award-winning books on tiki drinks and the owner of Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, a New Orleans bar-restaurant which Esquire and Playboy named one of the USA’s best bars. Food & Wine calls Jeff “one of the world’s leading rum experts,” while the New York Times cites him as “the Indiana Jones of tiki drinks.” Jeff’s been profiled in the Washington Post, USA Today and Wine Enthusiast Magazine; he’s also been featured on PBS Television and National Public Radio.I Website

 

Friday 8/9: 3pm – 4:30pm
Grand Hanalei Ballroom: Lagoon

Free Event

Tiki Oasis Storytelling presents: Teenage Kicks: Your Greatest New Wave (and Beyond) Hits!

What was the first/best/worst concert/show you went to? Did your parents drop you off? Did you sneak out? Did you use an entire can of Aqua Net getting ready? Did you see a band before they got big? Did you have a crush or obsession? Did you party like a rock star? Were YOU the rock star? 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 and Mortified (“Mor-tiki-fied”?), we’re inviting you to get up and tell your story from the 1980s.  Come tell us about your favorite or most memorable concert experience OR total BONUS POINTS if you have a Tiki story from the 80s, whether it was funny, embarrassing, or just plain cool. (Bragging is, like, totally allowed.) And if you’re too shy shy (never say never!) and don’t want to perform*, just come and listen… Don’t you forget about it and join us!

* 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.

Karen Finlay will once again be hosting the The Tiki Oasis Book Club and Storytelling seminar. When she’s not poolside in a caftan sipping mai-tais or exploring classic restaurants with her girl gang, she’s reading her stories at Bay Area events and throwing fabulous fetes as the co-founder of The Mid-Century Supper Club Potluck, a star-studded extravaganza of questionable foodstuffs. When in Vallejo, CA visit Karen at Alibi Bookshop. Tiki Oasis is her favorite holidayI Website

 

 

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