||Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
Joined: Jul 17, 2002
From: Originally Israel, now Oceanside, CA
|Posted: 2002-07-17 08:42 am  Permalink|
Hi Tiki - Philes
I'm a new member, so a quick introduction:
My name is Ran, I'm from Israel (you know - the Middle East). My wife Dale ( a So-Cal native) , and I really like Tiki culture. Our honeymoon last year was more of a Tiki quest, and on our last visit to the states we managed to visit Bali Hai at Shelter Island. Our (rented) place has the most Tiki's per square foot in Israel (that's not hard to top...) including my homemade 8 foot Moai style head.
We play in a band - mostly aggresive surf and instrumental music.
Glad to be here
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
From: Columbus, Ohio
|Posted: 2002-07-23 07:41 am  Permalink|
Greetings fellow Tiki Centralites. I can't believe it took me so long to join this list, but I'm here now. I have been writing for "Cool and Strange Music" magazine for about 5 years now and the latest issue #25 has a really nice tribute article that I wrote on Arthur Lyman. I occasionally write for "Tiki News" as well, and am currently working on an update on the Howard Johnson's Tiki Resort that I just returned from in Lake George N.Y.
The Tiki Oasis 2002 was simply incredible and I can't wait to return next year. I have also started a website at www.exoteque.com It is still "barebones" but at least its a start.
I am also a HUGE collector of vintage Polynesian menus. See you guys in the posts!
Joined: Jul 26, 2002
From: Miami Florida
|Posted: 2002-07-26 8:06 pm  Permalink|
Aloha Tiki Centralites!!!! Just wanna say this is a kool thing you guys got going here.I'm Tiki centrals newest member from Miami Fl.,and am stoked to be a part of this tiki worshipers hangout. KreepytikiJaksin
Joined: Jul 27, 2002
From: D.C. / Virginia
|Posted: 2002-07-29 3:10 pm  Permalink|
Welcome lovers of tiki ...
Having recently returned from Atlanta's Hukilau event, I felt it was about time I joined your group and introduce myself. I live in the DC area, where I am a regular visitor of the Honolulu restauarant. Some of you may have read my review in Tiki News #16. I also wrote, for Scram magazine, an article about the final closing night party at the Kahiki restaurant in Columbus. If you do a google search on 'Scram' and 'Kahiki' it will pop up.
From 1995 until 2000 I did a zine called 'Cannot Become Obsolete', where I wrote about my appreciation for old vinyl. The sounds of Lyman, Denny, and many others are well represented in my collection.
I've visited Bali, but not Hawaii.
A friend of mine, after seeing my own Tiki / Polynesian room once asked me ... 'If you love this style so much, why don't you move to Hawaii or some other island setting' I had to explain that it is the late 50's/ early 60's fake presentation and recreation of Polynesia that I adore, and not necessarily the islands themselves ... and it seems very appropriate for me to recreate that early 60's spirit here in my DC suburban home.
On my journey to and from Hukilau, I also took many photos of old miniature golf courses, motel neon signs, and Santa Claus theme parks.
Some of my favorite moments have been at the various tiki themed events around the country .... would you believe that I have seen King Kukulele perform in 4 different states? I've made some very good friends at these events, and hope to meet more friends here.
Joined: Jul 12, 2002
|Posted: 2002-07-29 10:30 pm  Permalink|
I'm Lady Velour, for those of you who know him, I'm Johnnie Velour's other half.
Thanks to all of the tiki centralites for the Rockin' night @ the Continental Room last night!!! It was swingin'!!! Also, thanks to all of you for giving my friend from Texas a hellofa great time!!!....he can't wait until he comes back in Sept. to see you all!!!
Rockin Robin aka. Lady Velour
Joined: Aug 01, 2002
From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
|Posted: 2002-08-01 9:06 pm  Permalink|
I'm Jeff (Doctor Z) from Redondo Beach! I've been collecting mugs and other tiki stuff for about a year now, and most of it has gone into furninshing my former den, now the newly christened "Castaway Lounge". I'm suprised it took me so long to find this forum, as I have few friends with which I can really "talk tiki". (With the exception of TimTiki, who went to the "Oasis" without me...)I'm glad to be here and hope to chat with/meet some of you soon!
Doctor Z’s 'Not-Quite-Patented' Hangover Remedy
“Sworn BY, not sworn AT”
Ask for it by name!
Joined: Aug 02, 2002
|Posted: 2002-08-02 2:05 pm  Permalink|
hulllllooooo...... i am soo happy to be here
the great TiKi god does truly shine upon us
i testered too and it was sooo easy
Joined: Jul 11, 2002
|Posted: 2002-08-04 11:16 am  Permalink|
Hi all my name is Carroll I live in Baltimore
My parents had what I would call a somewhat Tiki bar in the basement. They had Shag style prints on the knotty pine walls and some other Tiki style decoration’s spread around. That was back in the 60's. I'm now working on a tiki bar of my own. not in the basement but a outside deck with a tiki bar and pool. Hope to have it finshed by the summer of 2003
Joined: Aug 02, 2002
From: Seattle, WA
|Posted: 2002-08-08 5:00 pm  Permalink|
I've been an active reader of tiki central since the switch from yahoo, and don't know why it has taken me this long to
make it official and introduce myself ! Its so good to know there are so many individuals out there who are into similar things tiki. I missed the Tiki Oasis this year, but look forward to attending next year's festivities....sounds like it was a blast !
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Apr 08, 2002
From: The Lounge of the Seven Pleasures!
|Posted: 2002-08-08 6:23 pm  Permalink|
Aloha, fellow Tiki-philes!
I've been quietly lurking along with you since before the demise of the yahoo Tiki-central- but Johntiki (and other MD/DC/VA area Tiki-philes) have finally pulled me out of lurk mode via his suggestion of a mid-Atlantic Tiki gathering, as I'm yet another Maryland Tiki addict! I don't keep up with reading TC as much as I'd like to, but here I've found a real community of people who have already taught me much! And I'm deeply grateful!
I grew up in Central Ohio- spending many a birthday or other special event at our beloved Kahiki. Even as a kid, they'd serve virgin drinks in coconut or skull or even headhunter mugs to take home, and the staff always treated us as island royalty.
In the Book of Tiki, you'll find a picture of the Kahiki in winter- which most closely matches my memories- driving through January cold and wind to pass through the fire capped Moai guarded doors, through the wonderful darkened cave passage with dripping glowing water, and then passing through the interior doors into paradise- a world unto itself where time, and the outside world seemed to fade. After an evening well spent with music drink, feasting and rainy thunderstorms, we would return back out into the cold landscape of Ohio only to find a fresh blanket of several inches of snow covering everything- (including the car)! Somehow, there's just nothing quite like island "artifacts" with fluffy white snow all around.
From those childhood memories- and interests in things like stage design, architectural preservation and good old fashioned Pagan debaucheries of various sorts came my adulthood love of all things Tiki- and my horror as the Kahiki was destroyed.
Unfortunately, I was only able to visit the Kahiki a few times as an adult (drinking age), but I do count it my good fortune, that I was able to take both my partner and close friend for a final Hoorah before the Kahiki closed. So I guess you can say I moved from being Tiki-positive to being actively Tiki participatory and preservationist around the time of the destruction of the Kahiki.
Naturally, the loss of such a temple, and my new home here in MD- (the land where the Tikis are almost forgot), led to a desire to create my only little corner of something Kahiki-esque or more generally Tiki preservationist, here at home, at least, to share in the wonder that was, and is, Tiki, and to pass along the knowledge to those few who seek it. The web being what it is, it was naturally, only a matter of time until I ran across Tiki central, the Tiki bar review page, the Tiki news, the book of Tiki, and thrift, garage sale, and e-bay treasures, and today's modern Tiki artisans.
By now I'm sure some of this is sounding pretty familiar, many people here probably could have written similar. In any case, I'm very glad to be among you, and hope to be a bit more active now that I'm no longer a TC lurker
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
|Posted: 2002-08-08 6:50 pm  Permalink|
That was a very nice introduction. The Kahiki part almost made me want to cry! Welcome to the beyond-lurking, participatory phase. May your future words come as freely as that intro.
Joined: Jul 31, 2002
From: Ladera Ranch, Ca.
|Posted: 2002-08-08 7:01 pm  Permalink|
My name is Angelo "TheTikiGuy" and my fiance is Alison. The Tiki Oasis2 was my first opportunity to meet and greet all the Tiki elite. What a blast. I first became interested in Tiki about 4 years ago. I started with one mug and a few Hawaiian albums to quite a collection of over 120 somewhat rare mugs. Even got a Martin Denny demo album still marked up by a radio station that used to play it on the air. Hoping to attend as many events as possible. Almost forgot........when I lived in Huntingotn Beach, Ca, I used to see one of my neighbors out in his garage fiddling with palms, etc. Well what do ya know it was Crazy AL !!. I became good friends with Al and learned alot about carving and hope to carve soon. -TheTIKIGUY
Joined: Jul 24, 2002
From: SF Bay Area
|Posted: 2002-08-08 7:21 pm  Permalink|
New to the board and new to tiki. I got hooked when in Hawaii recently on my honeymoon -- the place we stayed had sneaky tiki mugs from Harveys. As soon as we got back I was on the hunt for the same mugs to remind us of our honeymoon. In the search I unleashed the hidden tiki hunter in myself. So far my husband hasn't minded scouring thrift stores with me, but he has no idea of the tiki bar I'm dreaming of...
Thanks for all the great info here. Seems like a friendly and interesting group!
Joined: Aug 10, 2002
From: Bay Area, CA
|Posted: 2002-08-10 4:32 pm  Permalink|
Hi! I recently moved to the Bay Area from Austin, Texas and stumbled onto this site while looking for ways to curb the craving for tiki I had back home. OH MY GOD !!! I had NO idea there were so many tikiphiles out there !!!!! I knew I would love it here !! I got hooked on tiki at a bar in Austin. ("Oceans 11" in the warehouse district is a Tiki-meets-old-Vegas bar. Complete with bamboo covered walls, volcanoes, large carved wooden tikis, red velour-and-leopard print covered seats, and the Rat Pack Happy Hour from 5-8pm)
I cannot wait for the next Bay Area tiki crawl !!!
Joined: Jul 23, 2002
|Posted: 2002-08-11 09:44 am  Permalink|
Aloha ,I am tikiluvgirl,my first post was tikiluv cuz I spaced and forgot I ..well whatever too many mai tais.But I will now and forever be tikiluvgirl.I met some people at Hukilau 02 in the ATL. I was selling mugs up in the Fountainhead, Tikifarm and misc mugs etc,etc,.I am a buyer for a funky dept store,so I will keep everyone posted on new TiKi stuff comin out. I am happy to have a place to talk TiKi,cuz not everyone I know cares about it like I do!! Mahalo....