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Rock-A-Hula Pool-A-Party in Modesto at the old Tropics Hotel, October 17th
Psycho Tiki D
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
Posts: 1844
From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2009-10-19 08:42 am   Permalink

Waiting to hear how this turned out? Did anyone take pictures?



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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 606
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2009-10-22 4:42 pm   Permalink

Wow! I cant believe no one has given us the required after event report! I wasn't able to go but i spoke with someone (not a tiki person) who went to the pre party at Minnie's. He said something like it was really good, interesting and met a lot of cool people from locals to as far away as So Cal. He was impressed with the atmosphere/vibe and liked the Rootball Tikis.

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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 875
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2009-10-22 6:53 pm   Permalink

Ya'll should have been there! It was great! Drove my '54 Ford up with my car club (The Road Zombies) on Saturday morning. Bands started around 1, but most people showed up near swine time (around 4:30). Dave, Marissa, and others worked their metaphorical tails off all night preparing the pig, which was cooked right outside in the parking lot all of Friday night!

The food was delicious! Some of the best swine I've ever tasted. There were some great vendors, including TC's MP, Jungle Trader, Retro Diva Melissa, and Tobunga (Eric October). My wife and I bought a bunch of loot from Eric, including the hot-rodding Maori painting on page 1. Thanks again Eric! Your stuff rules!

All the bands were great... DJs played an awesome mix of old timey Hawaiian, Rockabilly, Blues, and 50s R&B.

The hotel was recently renovated, and was MUCH cleaner than our (my wife and I) last visit about 6 years ago.

All in all, a great time. More people, especially TCers, need to show up next year because Marissa is planning to do it all over again! See ya next year.


Custom Tapa Swag Lamps and Sconces Built By Kahaka

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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 875
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2009-10-22 7:44 pm   Permalink

So here are a couple of pics from the Rock-A-Hula
That's my red Ford on the right of the rootball tiki:

That's my wife Tanya, 2nd from the left.

Tikis are still in great shape physically, but look like they might need some mental help.

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Joined: Mar 12, 2009
Posts: 458
From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2009-10-22 11:24 pm   Permalink

Sorry I havent dropped in yet, thank you Marissa, Dave and everyone else involved, I had a fun time. The people,
music, cars and the swine were all great. It was really cool hanging out with Retro Diva, Tobunga, and Jungle Trader all day
and Kahaka it was great to meet you and your wife in person. What a fun day, next year should be even better!
2012's "Royal Gaurd" by MP

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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 3755
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2009-10-23 6:08 pm   Permalink

Hey thanks Marissa for your time puttin' this event on. It was nice, chillin and chatting with friends, checkin' out the cool cars. Jeez, the pig was a 200 pounder, damn good mmmmmmm.
Here's a shot of Kahaka's cool slide.

My baby Moai's now posted on my website for sale on the "Collectibles" page. Don't forget to turn your speakers on when your at my home page.

Here is a shot of Ed Crissman's hidden gem in the Rodeway Inn lobby. It was hidden behind a plant. About 3 feet tall. The only person I know who knew about it was Mick. Go see it if you're around. A little bit of Urban Archaeology.

I talked to Sarb the owner of The Rodeway Inn. He axed me how much the giant tikis would sell for. I told him not much, wouldn't be worth it. heheh. Don't worry he was just wondering.


Oki NiKsoKoWa
(Hello all my relatives)

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Tacky Tiki
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
Posts: 259
From: Tackyville, N. CA
Posted: 2009-10-25 6:52 pm   Permalink

Sorry so late with my report....

Nonstop music, awesome food. Great vendors. The Tikis next door got a special permit and linked the Tropics parking lot, where everything was happening, to the bar, so you could take your drinks outside!!

Awesome to see the landmark tiki temples of Modesto being saved!! As Jungle Trader reported, the tikis at the Tropics are still, um, hanging in there. There were some old postcards of The Tropics that came in the swag bags-mahalo to Drunken Hat for putting up with my Urban Archeology while I checked to see if the tiki on the card was still there!

I'd love to see more TCers at this event next year. Minnie's is right down the road. And I found a nice place to stay down the road in Turlock (Best Western Orchard Inn)-I've spent over twice the price and haven't had as nice of a hotel room. Even had a kitchenette in another room. I see a potential for a decent room crawl! And if any of the Stockton/Modesto/Turlock TCers have their places ready next year, we could make it a whole TC Tiki Weekend! Gotta help keep the old school tiki businesses going. We lost 'em all here in Sacramento-let's see if we can support the ones we have left in the Central Valley!

Mahalo Jungle Trader for your hospitality, Drunken Hat for putting up with me, MP for his coolness, and Chief Bartender for keeping things interesting! I know I'm missing some other TCers who were there. You guys are so lucky to have some vintage tiki in your area!!!


The Lava Lounge...deep in the heart of the Enchanted Canna Forest!
On board the Tikiyaki Airways flight, waiting for a Mai Tai!

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