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Mojave Oasis Pictures Pg 46 ! Something new Pg 55
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 413
From: Surf's Up, Los Angeles!
Posted: 2011-04-17 8:40 pm   Permalink

Long live the Queen! (Kamehameha, that is!) Amy has raised the bar. And since we all like bars so much... well... you know.

To everyone who put this place and event together, you deserve a standing ovation.
To all my beloved ohana, who immediately offered me a drink and got the tractor to pull my car out of the sand... another standing ovation.

Amy, Chris, Karen, Ben, Buzzy, Doug Horne, and gawd, I know I'm forgetting people and I'm sorry. Anyway, wowee! What a fabulous place you've built!
This was an enchanted event. From the full moon glowing over the lake, to the great music, food and camaraderie. And, my oh my, the imagination that went into the trailer and tent decorating!

I can't wait for the next time we all meet up here.

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 9205
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-04-17 9:56 pm   Permalink

How many of you found my baby stingray?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Dec 12, 2008
Posts: 684
Posted: 2011-04-17 10:09 pm   Permalink

Thank you Amy, Ray, Chris, and Karen for helping everyone have a wonderful weekend at Mojave Oasis, and especially to all the Tiki people that put their skills to make that a great place for TIKI PEOPLE.


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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
Posts: 1413
From: So Cal
Posted: 2011-04-18 12:24 am   Permalink

Thank you everyone!
I was honored that so many of you chose to come to this event and share our first Mojave Oasis experience with us. Ever since I learned about Newberry springs and lake Loreen I was inspired to Somehow do something today like what Gus Ragosa started so long ago, he was a visionary and an amazing marketeer.
I can not thank everyone enough from the bands; house of bamboo, tikiyaki, and the smokin menehunes , Jeff the fantastic dj all weekend. The carvers, mieko for arranging it, and making the cool shell necklaces, Kirby with his camping companion and dawn Kenny, Doug and buzzy for all the other cool Mojave items.

The artists who brought the vision and wacky ideas to life, Danny, tiki diablo for the incredible clam bar roof, buzzy great carves, trailer magic and keeping me sane, mad dog mike for the coolest back bar design ever,Vintage tikis by Benzart, kahaka and tiki skip for great lamps, tiki rays unbelievable mermaids ruzic for the fantastic mural, babalu and squid for the cool mugs, the always amazing bamboo Ben, for so many things i can not even list them all and being there once again for the challenge. Mandy and Chris for the vision come to life of the lighted sign designed by Jim Bacchi..., Crazy al, well for being crazy AL!, Doug Horne, for the great map design and shot glass done by holden, dawn Frazier for the beginning designs and feel,
All the people who worked so hard on the bar, store, everywhere, , Rory, Vicki, James, Jannea, Victor, Otis, Jesse, Kelly, Jeff crane, Tiki Ray, Cindy, Jeremy and Karen and Chris.
Vendors! We had great vendors, thank you for joining this event. Our sponsors, don the beachcomber, Frankie's tiki room, asombroso tequila, primo beer! If I missed anyone, I am sorry, there are so many people to thank.
My team of guys onsite who keeps everything running smoothly, and last but certainly not least .... a special thanks to Sven for reminding us all how cool tiki was, still is today and what it can be.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!


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Me Myself and Moai
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Joined: Oct 24, 2010
Posts: 115
From: California
Posted: 2011-04-18 12:33 am   Permalink

I had a great time and got to hang with Sven, Rory, Marty, Al and all the usual suspects. Ray and Cindy, Meiko and Phil, Kevin and Bethany and my formerly non tiki now new tiki friends Dana, Tracey, Rafella, Ray and Cindy (yes, yet anotherRay and Cindy) and all the fire pit crew. Kenny Ruzic, Doug Horne, Dawn Frazier, Buzzy Meeker and all the awesome artists. Ben qnd Vicky, ?... all the beautiful people in this glorious sub-culture.The House of Bamboo, the Smoking Menehunes,Crazy Al and Tikiyaki.
I want to personally apologize to everyone, in particular Jim Bacchi for the "I love their music, they love the way I do their shirts" line.
I went out Sunday afternoon and found that "joke" lying dead in the grass in front of the stage. It was buried 666 yards east of the Bagdad Cafe.
Love you all....you renew my faith in the human race to live life and enjoy each other.

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Joined: Apr 25, 2008
Posts: 590
From: Long Beach
Posted: 2011-04-18 09:24 am   Permalink

Driving down the 40 you start to question why you drove to such a secluded desolate area. Then like a mirage you see a moai entrance sign and turn in to see a tiki civilization that is thriving and a total self sustained refuge from the outside world. The vintage trailer we rented from Amy was decked out with everything we needed and it was cool waking up inside each morning to the nostalgic decor wondering how many wanderers and locations that mobile canned ham had visited. The Mermaid Lounge bar area was a modern marvel of carvings, lights, art and visual effects. The A frame stage was not missing a detail which im sure took alot of man hours of design and construction. The food at the luau was ono and the hula dancers were entertaining all the way down to the fire dancer. Tikiyaki Orchestra once again created the perfect mood & soundtrack for Mojave Oasis. The 3 new songs we heard from the upcoming album sounded incredible and left us wanting more. Mahalo to everyone involved in making this inaugural event such a fun success. My only suggestion is that if Rory wears Caltrans orange again we put him to work picking up trash around the campsites.

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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7750
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2011-04-18 09:38 am   Permalink

What a Great weekend!

Amy,you've created an Oasis for the Ohana that is hard to describe unless one experiences it!
Thank you for your big heart and selfless nature...

Such a blur of Architecture,Vintage delights,Art and music!
I felt one of those kids on Pinocchio's Pleasure Island (pre-donkey ears,of course!)

Walking around ,hearing the bands,experiencing the magic and delight at night with all the lights and beautiful moon......

add to that 150 friends and drinks aplenty,and you've got a party that is UNMATCHED!

Thank you Amy for gathering together some of the most talented folks in Tiki and setting them loose to do what they do best...

You have created something that that is bigger than all of us
You've given us Paradise!

Where else can you have 100 plus people drunk at one time
and not an unkind word or fight to be seen or heard the whole weekend?
only the joyful laughter of friends and Ohana!
Now that's an accomplishment!

Amy,Ray,Ben,Buzzy,TikiRay,Danny,Rory,WooHoo,Chris,etc etc....
(i could go on for an hour)
Thank you all-It gladdens my heart to see that,even in this age of technology
and convenience,that humans can still organize and create beautiful things
with just brains,perseverance,sweat,and muscle...

It seems like all involved put their heart into it,and it showed...

and to all those i was able to talk and laugh and drink with....
Thank you...your hugs and chats and neighborly,friendly interactions
were a welcome retreat from studio and work!

All you Trailer and tent crawl hosts-What a blast! Thanks for welcoming and hosting us all with yummy drinks and magical gatherings!

Mojave Oasis was less of an event and more of a 150 plus person party
that just so happened to last 3 days...
Thank you,Amy and Ray,for letting me be a part of this
and for letting my paintings live in the bar with creations by MadDogMike,TikiDiablo,Benzart,TikiRay,BambooBen,Buzzy,and so many other living legends in the community!

i'm just gonna stop now,before i gush any further...


www.kinnyruzic.com Art Blogs Wishes Fulfilled!
I'm on Facebook and now Instagram under Ken Ruzic
AW Jeah!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 23, 2010
Posts: 21
From: Oxnard, CA
Posted: 2011-04-18 09:41 am   Permalink

Deborah and I had a wonderful time! We were called "newbies" all weekend but we were treated like seasoned veterans because everyone was so nice, classy, and respectful. We're now looking around for a well seasoned canned ham or airstream or something that has a soul and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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Kouko Lui

Joined: Apr 18, 2011
Posts: 5
From: Oxnard, CA
Posted: 2011-04-18 10:24 am   Permalink

Hey, dig my new handle!

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Tuna Tiki
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Nov 11, 2008
Posts: 74
From: Northridge Ca
Posted: 2011-04-18 11:04 am   Permalink

Un-freakin'-believable. I bow to the Queen. What a weekend? Everything, and everybody was perfect. The planning and organization, time and effort that Amy, Chris and everybody else that contributed was superb. Couldn't have been better. The stage and grass area, really cool. The bar, WOW! The tent and trailer sites could not have been better.

I really like the smaller events. One gets a chance to actually meet and talk to people. Everybody is so cool. And this one was the best. Sorry Rory

Can't wait 'till November. Can we come back next weekend?

Long live the Queen!!!

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Joined: May 27, 2006
Posts: 2445
From: The Valley!
Posted: 2011-04-18 11:41 am   Permalink

I had a fantastic time thank you Ray and Amy, Chris and everyone who put so much hard work, time and talent into Mojave Oasis. I want it to be longer like 4-5 days! It was so fun putting a Rig together for the event and also to enjoy it as the years go bye. There was so much to do to get the Rig ready, from water lines & propane lines and putting breaker boxes in (the outside paint was done) to "Tiki-ing" it up that was the most fun of all
Off to Mojave Oasis we went, for those who asked, we got about 12 MPG on the way there but 7 MPG in the winds on the way home with the 1965 Olds Vista Cruiser & 1965 Jett Trailer through the desert where I live. We knew that would be the case and we don't care, it's just part of our adventure! Of all our work into the Rig I think my favorite part was hanging the water bag in front of the radiator like my Dad used to do and we made fun of him like "what's that gonna do, it's leaking on the ground Dad and what's 8 ounces of water going to help anyway" For us it truly was like the days of being a kid again, I'm glad for the event and happy I got to go, it was so much fun! Thanks everyone! -K
P.S. I really didn't take pictures of the event I had no camera plus, my lighting ect doesn't do justice, you cant see detail. I hope Tonga Tom & some others will have some for me? Hint...


Tonga Hut Since 1958
12808 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 209
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2011-04-18 12:07 pm   Permalink

Thank You Amy and Ray for the most incredible weekend, and for sharing this amazing place with us!! Here are a few of the pictures that I took over the weekend...

It's not everyday that you see something like this!

Go Rory!

Thank you again for everything!


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Trailerpark Tiki
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Joined: Mar 27, 2010
Posts: 352
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2011-04-18 12:10 pm   Permalink

I feel so much better now that I'm no longer a tiki virgin. It was very cool meeting all of the TC folks I've only heard of online. What a bunch of cool people! Everyone was very laid back and no one minded that I passed out on the grass during the Hawaiian show and Tikiyaki Orchestra (I've got to pace myself better). The show was great, but the tent and trailer crawl got the best of me. I have to also mention that I thoroughly enjoyed House of Bamboo and The Smoking Menehunes. The audience wasn't very big for these guys but they played their hearts out and I loved it. Thanks Amy, Chris, Woohoo, Bamboo Ben, Buzzy, Rory and everyone else who worked hard to make Mojave Oasis a big success!

OK, I'll stop raving about how great it was. WOOOOOHOOOOO!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5126
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-04-18 12:39 pm   Permalink

All I can say is WOW!

An event that not only met the build-up and hype but exceeded it. Amy, thanks for a great weekend and all of your amazing hospitality and efforts.

The event mugs were spectacular, thanks to Doug Horne, Squid and Babalu.

And to all of the artists and craftsmen who contributed to make Mojave Oasis a reality, I offer you a standing ovation.


PS. Don't hang out with Kinny after 10:00 PM, it only leads to trouble!

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Bruddah Bear
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Joined: Apr 07, 2011
Posts: 629
From: Los Angeles Basin, Westside
Posted: 2011-04-18 12:44 pm   Permalink


On 2011-04-18 12:07, Zaya wrote:
It's not everyday that you see something like this!

"A dead shark or a stove golf cart!" (with apologies to Herman Melville)


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