Sunday Seminars

Sunday 8/11: 9:30-11am
Meet in the Atrium

Free Event

King Kukulele Kids Tiki Tour

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!

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. | website


Sunday 8/11: 10:30-11:30am
Grand Hanalei Ballroom


Las Vegasland w/ Charles Phoenix

Be prepared to hit the jackpot when Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts vintage Vegas! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball detail, Charles lavishes spirited commentary on spectacular, never seen before Kodachrome color slides taken by tourists visiting Sin City in the 50s and 60s.

Explore Vegas as a great big theme park of Arabian Nights, Wild West, Futuristic and, oh yes, Tiki style, when the Sands, Stardust and Silver Slipper were superstars of the strip. See the gambling halls, restaurants, showrooms, swimming pools, and electrifying neon signs that made them pop culture icons. Book singing following the show – Charles signs copies of his latest book, Addicted to Americana!

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR. The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King.” | website


Sunday 8/11: 12noon-1pm
Peacock II

It’s Kiddie Cocktail Time!

Calling all junior mixologists! Join us for a swingin’ master class on slinging up some tasty Kiddie Cocktails! Learn more about coolest-ever collection of fabulous drink recipes in every flavor and style under the sun – sharp and tangy, smooth and sweet, fizzy but never flat, crisp and fruity, or rich and creamy – all minus the hooch! Surprise your friends with a Kosmic Kooler, get the party started with a Dream Punch, or cruise to Hawaii with a Little Pink Pearl. You’ll also find tips on setting up your own kiddie cocktail bar – with advice on choosing everything you’ll need to make your cocktails look as amazing as they taste! Come and wet your beaks with Kiddie Cocktails book author Stuart Sandler for an afternoon you won’t soon forget!

Entry is included with Deluxe and Cocktail pass. 

Stuart Sandler launched the Font Diner font foundry in 1996. Inspired by American popular culture of the 1930s–1960s, he has created more than 500 original typefaces for the graphic design industry, and solidly established a reputation as the premier retro display typeface designer. In 2004, Sandler launched Mister Retro, offering retro graphic design software products to complement his original typefaces. Mister Retro features a suite of Photoshop plug-ins, Snappy Hour vector artwork, and original serigraphs from the world-renowned artist Derek Yaniger. | website


Sunday 8/11: 1pm-3pm
Meet in the Atrium

Free Event

King Kukulele 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!

Sunday 8/11: 2pm-3:30pm
Peacock II

Tiki Oasis Bartender 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!

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

Ram Udwin is the founder and creative mind behind Boy Drinks World, maker of fine cocktail bitters, tinctures, and other delightful things. Ram is a professional craft cocktail bartender, spirts expert, educator, Tikiphile and sometimes rum judge that is enthusiastic about all things related to drinking well, when not sipping rum and slinging bitters by the pool. | website



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