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Sacramento Capital Tiki Bar/Living Space Tour October 7th, 8th & 9th, 2011-Registration Full
Tonga Tom
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From: 2 mi. south of the Hut
Posted: 2010-10-11 4:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all the awesome photos! Looks like such a great time!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 30, 2006
Posts: 61
From: Hawaiian Eye Parkway, Sacramento
Posted: 2010-10-11 7:52 pm   Permalink

Wow, what can I say? This weekend was definitely a dream come true for me! Amazing homes filled with Tiki treasures, fantastic food and drinks, bargain shopping, stellar live entertainment, a limited-edition mug, and spending time with some of the finest folks on the planet.

Thanks to EVERYONE involved, but especially to Duane for dreaming this up for us and having the courage to put it together. We are so lucky to have you here.

Marlene, as everyone says is "the glue that keeps us together" and was the impetus for creating the Sac Ohana in the first place. I was so happy to meet your Mom!

Dan and Wendy are our local "celebrity" couple and our goodwill ambassadors of Tiki. I know they both worked really hard on our mugs. What an incredible memento to have!

To all the hosts, you totally amaze and inspire me. It's so interesting to see everyone's particular slant on Tiki and how they integrate it into their home environments. All are quite different and reflective of who you are. Thank you for sharing it with us.

To all my fellow crawlers, I can't think of anyone I would rather spend my time with. I enjoy your company always. It's great that we are continually adding to our numbers along the way. I was really happy to see and meet new folks and especially our visitors from out of the area (Reno, Bay Area, Portland).

I am planning on participating as a host next year. But, I have a LOT of work to do in the meantime, to measure up to your standards!

Aloha nui loa,

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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
Posts: 1981
From: NorCal
Posted: 2010-10-11 7:54 pm   Permalink

I took lots of pics of everyone's places...but these 3 are my favorite of Dan and Wendy's..mainly because I have a Tiki Bob addiction and I had anticipated seeing them most of all.

Pretty amazing

Love this green one!

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Posted: 2010-10-11 8:25 pm   Permalink

Steve, you are such a doll. You are giving us a couple of big heads but that's ok. We look forward to your hosting. leleliz, we love Tiki Bob too so one day I will make more of my Tiki Bob bowls, so many projects so little time but that's high on my list of must do it. Tiki Bob was a Sacramento place too. Duane and I are working up an idea for next years mug, hummmm. Brenda, thank you, I love being your favorite mug maker. Choptop it was super to have you and your wife with us.

I'm looking forward to next year already, Wendy

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Posted: 2010-10-11 8:31 pm   Permalink

Love seeing everyone's pix - thanks for posting!
Wendy, I owe you for a mug ...
ebtiki / eab21 on Ooga-Mooga

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Joined: Feb 15, 2009
Posts: 119
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-10-11 10:19 pm   Permalink

I sat in my van for 8 hours on the drive to Vegas trying to come up with the right words to thank you all for such an incredible weekend. I'm still stumped! I know I will forget many names (mind like a steel trap - rusted and full of holes).

The only thing I can come up with is that I hit "Inspiration Saturation" after seeing everything you all have done. If I were not here in Vegas right now I would be working 24/7 on my own slice of Tiki.

Brenda - I don't even know where to start. It was an honor to be able to stay at your home. Thank you for showing me around town. You are an awesome host.

Wendy - Many have said it already but thanks for your hard work on the mugs. I will cherish it and proudly display it in my own tiki bar.

To those that posted pictures, thanks. Page 22 of this thread keeps crashing my pad. I am going to have to wait to view them all until I can get home.

To each and every host (I wish I could remember who I was half the time)... WOW! I was totally blown away by each and every different interpretation.

I will be back! And I look forward to seeing everyone at Tiki Oasis next year. You guys ROCK!

Keith The Axe Murderer

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-10-11 11:47 pm   Permalink

Tiki Bob!!! My eyes...my eyes...............LOL

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 30, 2006
Posts: 61
From: Hawaiian Eye Parkway, Sacramento
Posted: 2010-10-12 08:57 am   Permalink

TIKI BOB??? I absolutely LOVE Tiki Bob! Put my name on the list RIGHT NOW, Wendy, right after Liz and just before Marlene...

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Brenda's Tiki Hut
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Joined: May 02, 2006
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From: Sacramento
Posted: 2010-10-12 09:23 am   Permalink

Well, we all know how I feel about TikiBob. So, Wendy, sign me up! For multiples, please. A bowl of TikiBob. I'm overwhelmed.

Keith the Tiki Axe Murderer, you are so very welcome. I had a blast with you. And the teasing was the most fun. Thank you for not killing me in my sleep.

I've already decided where the mug is going. A place of honor. Wendy, you are the best!

Tacky Tiki, I am still overwhelmed by your place. I LOVED visiting. Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home. I may get an anxiety attack from visual overload everytime I step foot in your home, but it's worth it. You keep the torch alive for so many memories.

Duane and Ami, I love you! Without you, Duane, none of this would have happened. And Ami, there's no one I'd rather spend an evening with than you.

Marlene, you rocked the house with the Martini Kings. Thank you for bringing them to NorCal. And your mom, as always, was the life of the party. I'm still getting emails starting with, "You know what Marlene's mom said?"

Steve, your shirts were a parade of fun. Now, next year we must have 12 hosts so we can do a calendar!

All the hosts, mahalo nui. You are the best set of ohana anyone could wish for.

I was saddened to see some of our SoCal brethern bowing out of the crawl and more saddened by the reason. We had a moment of silence at Marlene's in honor of TikiKate and all those we've lost to breast cancer. Love goes out to TikiKate's family and friends.

Now, who's ready to start that floating Tiki party? We need to pick a Friday or Saturday night in November that works for most folks.

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Psycho Tiki D
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2010-10-12 09:54 am   Permalink

Last week was possibly the busiest week I have had all year.

And needless to say the most rewarding as week well. Not only the crawl, but the FI sale two weeks prior kicked my butt.

I spent yesterday paying my lovely wife Ami back for all of her assistance with the crawl by going on a grueling 10 mile hike with her to Castle Peak and the surrounding PCT loop trails with a 2,000 foot elevation gain. This gave me some time to reflect on our crawl.

Although I do some periodical tiki cleaning, I spent most of the week prior to the crawl pulling each item down and dusting. This took an entire week, not only dusting, but re-arranging and adjusting each piece. Lots of support and praise from the wife, (who did an immense amount of cleaning and tidying of the rest of the house and yards herself, not to mention bartend and prepare food).

Our crawl was absolutely outstanding.
I never imagined we would evolve to an event of this magnitude.

10 stops in three days that went off without a hitch.

What an amazing group of Ohana I am proud to be associated with.

The kick-off stop on Friday night at Matt and Melody’s was perfect. The overall ambience of the interior décor, coupled with the outdoor decorating blended well and set the tone for the entire weekend. The usual suspects were in the house and to everyone’s delight, many new faces joined in making our tiki family a little bit larger. The first stop was the beginning of the mug sale and everyone was anxious to get their mitts on Wendy’s Sacramento mug exclusive. A few brave souls even used their mugs to drink from at each stop. Note to Matt and Melody; we hope all is well with Woody. He is such a special guy.

I would venture to guess we probably had a total of 50 attendees come and go throughout the weekend, starting at Matt and Melody's.

The tiki goodness continued the next morning at one of our very first crawl’s host homes.

Bullet pulled off an incredible redo of his tiki presentation and wowed everyone attending with not only his extensive collection of art, mugs and all things tiki, he had completely changed how he presented his collection and the(finished) space he has dedicated is a sight to behold. Looking forward to seeing the back room completed for the next crawl so we can all be wowed again! Thanks brother for all you did, man, you really pulled it off (special thanks to Dan and Wendy for the help they gave Bullet).

The next stop was Sean’s place.

Sean mentioned he has little in the way of tiki, but Sean’s home is a lovely little oasis and the food and drinks were excellent. Sean’s collection I suspect will get larger as time goes on and we look to Sean as a perennial host for years to come. I was quite fortunate to be given a special showing of Sean’s copy of Batman #1 and having been a comic book collector and never having seen this in person, all I can say is “wow”; Sean is a lucky guy to have this!

The next stop was my place.

The Tiki Garage sale was in full swing by the time our guests began to arrive. Abstractiki set up and gave away more of his Islander bamboo stash to the delight of the eager recipients and we had about 20 guests participate in the Tiki White Elephant Exchange. Leleliz called everyone together to begin the swap and the tikihula called out the names. I am pretty sure everyone left with a treasure and were all winners! I wish I would have had more time to talk to people about my collection, maybe sometime in the future?

My biggest surprise was our next stop at Tacky Tiki’s place (in fact I think most of the usual suspects were astonished at this stop). Barbara’s and Mom’s house is an explosion of pop culture from floor to ceiling, room to room and every square inch of their home, yards and driveway are a “kitsch” collectors dream. Dizzying and mesmerizing at the same time. And don’t worry; there is plenty of tiki to see here as well. I found myself speechless at what I saw. Barbara pulls double duty as one of our usual suspects and as a Vespa fanatic group participant as well. If you missed this stop, make sure you don’t next year.

Rounding out the Saturday crawl list was our sweet soul sister and the glue of our Sacramento Tiki Ohana (our official tiki Den Mother) Marlene’s home. Pulling out all of the stops and hosting the Martini Kings was our crawl ringer. The Martini Kings entertained us with three fantastic sets of exotica, lounge and surf music and much to the delight of the attendees, prompted several crawlers into a dancing frenzy.

In between Martini Kings sets, Marlene called for a moment of silence for Tiki-Kate and others Ohana lost this past year. Thank you Marlene!

Again, great food and drinks, as always the marvelous VampiressRN dishes out. What a night!

Being the glutton for punishment, Sunday morning found me waking up and having our guest accompany me to go tiki hunting in the wee hours of the dark morning. Bleary eyed, but ready to strike, we made our way (several times) through the aisles of the Sacramento Antiques show and made some good scores. Jetted home and got ready for our first stop.

Wendy and Dan Cevola’s celebrity status is well deserved. I have not seen a more through and well presented collection of anything tiki than the items professionally and lovingly displayed in their home.
The tipsy factor is incomparable par none. No matter how many times I visit here I always see something I missed the other times. I cannot believe the detail in every area of their home (and now garage) and for the first time I was able to see where the master does her work. The kiln room is a dream come true and I wish Wendy and Dan much success in their new ventures. If our event mug is any indication of the work to come, look out world, you are in for some special and unique items coming your way. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Wendy and Dan for our event mug and I cannot say thank you enough for making this happen.

Our second stop on Sunday was another first for our crawl.

Darilyn has the most inviting and airy space in her home, with a genuine tiki modern feeling. From the carpet to the bar to the shelves and the Heather Watts velvet, the mosaic fish and gravel fish artwork, the Shag art, her home is akin to a Shag/Tiki/Bachelorette pad, very cool and very inviting. I know I wasn’t the only one that wanted to strip down and hit the pool yesterday (it was warm for October), so maybe next year, if the weather is the same. I definitely appreciated the Kiddles room and always have an appreciation for cross collectors and their collections. A real cool solid gone at this swanky pad.

Off to Rugbymatt’s pad on the third stop. Another wow factor here as Matt has acquired some unique tiki carvings from tiki temples long gone, as well as a plethora of vintage mugs from our cousins to the east tiki bars, with a smattering of other desirable and rare items of the pedigree of tiki names from throughout the country. Matt is very meticulous about his rums, cigars and tiki lifestyle and his attention to detail for his drink and food were excellent. Outdoor patio and bar area was packed with attendees as was the dining and living rooms (living room exclusively for SF Giants fans watching the game). I did get a glimpse of Matt’s yet unpacked boxes in his garage and could only wonder what treasures lie hidden in the sealed cardboard vaults? Next year?? Maybe we will see!

The final stop on Sunday and for the crawl was Brenda’s beautiful home. When we arrived we were not surprised to see Brenda behind the bar, which is adorned with some rare and unusual tiki mugs and artwork finding Brenda doing what Brenda does best…slinging some of the best cocktails in Sacramento! Talent extraordinaire. Got to watch Muscle Beach with a few other tired souls who took refuge with their cocktails and food to relax on the couches and lounge chairs in the warm glow of the afternoon sun gleaming through the back doors into the den. It was just the way I would have expected I wanted to end my day and the crawl.

I cannot say enough about the support and participation of my dear tiki family…

So again, I want to take the time to say Mahalo to all of our hosts. The food, drinks and atmosphere were beyond compare. Your presentation and living spaces embed the spirit of tiki through your eyes and shine as an example to those fortunate enough to visit your homes. Your time taken to attend our event is most appreciated.

To the guest who travelled near and far, we thank you for taking the time to share what we envision a tiki lifestyle to be. What we consider tiki may not be everyone’s interpretation, but it is ours and it is unique and we love to share this with our like minded Ohana.

We did learn and few lessons along the way this time and we will make some changes in the future.

We would love to hear from everyone who attended for any recommendations.

We will ask for RSVP’s next year to allow the hosts to prepare for seating, food, drinks and other preparations/accommodations they need to plan.

There will be another event mug next year. It will be inspired by another short lived Sacramento tiki bar…Tiki Bob’s, so if anyone has any particulars as to when the Sacramento location opened and closed, this will be helpful in our design if you could provide us this information.

The planning is just starting. We will also (with the assistance of Rugbymatt) be designing a double old fashion glass with the same Coral Reef/Zombie Hut artwork for our guests to purchase and use for drinking at each stop.

So, even though the Fifth Annual Sacramento Capital Home Tiki Bar/Living Space Tour is over and in the books, we are happy to announce our next annual event will be the same weekend in October 2011.

See you all soon!


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Joined: Oct 05, 2005
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From: sackatomato
Posted: 2010-10-12 10:10 am   Permalink

if marlene is our den mother, duane, you must be our big daddy. thanks for everything ptd! loved reading your recap.

bangin' my slit gong drum until the cops come!

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-10-12 11:23 am   Permalink


Well for once in my life I don't feel I can post any words adequate enough to express my love for the Sacramento Ohana. This year's crawl was definitely outstanding thanks to Duane's great organization, Wendy & Dan's gorgeous mug and all the generous hosts. I am so sorry I missed crawling on Friday & Saturday, so am very grateful to see the pictures. My Mom enjoyed Saturday night at my pad and loved the Sunday crawl. She wanted me to let everyone know she felt so welcomed in your homes and was amazed at the respect everyone shows each other. She still is not a "Tiki" enthusiast but loves all the Tiki peeps!!!

I am already looking forward to next year too. I will try to get my act together and have my garage transformed into the game room/pub "The Jumping Dog Brew & Cue"...wish me luck.

I'm working on a website for the Sacramento Ohana, so when it is up a running will be back to post the link.
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"

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Joined: Apr 02, 2006
Posts: 31
From: Reno, Nevada
Posted: 2010-10-12 12:13 pm   Permalink

Good to meet all of you Sacramento area tiki-people! The wifey and I had a great time at our first tiki-related event! Thanks to all of the hosts, and esp. to Vampiress RN for beaming up the Martini Kings for an evening of musical wonderment!

I now understand what mug collections are supposed to look like!

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Joined: Jun 03, 2005
Posts: 1205
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2010-10-12 12:28 pm   Permalink

What a blast! Mahalo to Duane & Ami, Wendy & Dan, Marlene, Matt & Mookie, Bullet, Barbara, Darilyn, Sean, Brenda, Liz, and all the crawlers who made this such a special event. I appreciate the warm ohana welcome as a Sacramento newcomer and look forward to promoting the spirit of aloha in our future ventures.

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Joined: Apr 09, 2002
Posts: 754
From: SacTown
Posted: 2010-10-12 2:23 pm   Permalink

Duane, your writeup is flawless! I'd have to say that the white elephant gift exchange was an absolute riot and one of the highlights for me. Looking forward to next year - and we will be hosting for sure!

As to Tiki Bob's Sacramento, if I recall correctly, it never did open. They were planning on it, and even put it on some of the mugs, but it never happened
"But why is the rum gone?!" -Capn. Jack Sparrow

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