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Tiki Oasis 6 in San Diego - Book Now!
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-05-09 11:25 am   Permalink

If I could distill my Oasis experience into two words they would be


What a blast!

Unfortunately my beautiful wahine Rita had pinched a nerve in her back only a day before the event but she managed to tough it out with her chiropractor's help, a back brace and heavy painkillers long enough to join me at Ona & Moki's mellow pre-party and a fun filled Saturday at the Hanalei. I'm grateful she encouraged me to enjoy the event without her but I know next year we'll make it to the room crawl together. I just couldn't do that without her. The weekend's festivities were great but every thing's more fun with Rita.

Great partying with SD Ohana and meeting new friends. While I did meet a nice couple shivering at the Bali Hai's upstairs bar pining for the desert warmth of Oasis past but I hope others who'd not visited my city before now love it as much as I do. Like Wonka said "So much to do so little time!" The entertainment was awesome. What a treat hearing all those great bands. Listening to the Martini Kings in the legendary Bali Hai Ballroom was spectacular! I just know Artie Lyman's spirit was smiling on us all.I can't wait to see the Sand Devils, Mai Kai Gents and Ape again. Crazy Al's such a rock star!!

Home girl Mimi LeMeaux and the other burlesque girls were fabulous. (If that's what those shriners have been staying up late for all this time give me a fez and a secret handshake immediately!)

Sammy Davis Junior's got some heavy competition for the role of hardest working man in showbiz. It's gotta be a toss-up between Denny Moynahan and Matt Reese! Holy crap! You guys rock!

The marketplace was a treat. Great seeing Bosko and Truus again and meeting Danny G and Stephanie, Tiki Tony, Marcus, Holden and Stuckie's folks. We were lucky enough to be in the tent at Harvey Mendiola and Foi Mo's booth in time to see some unscheduled entertainment. While Harvey's uncles were demonstrating the carved drums a fellow attendee broke into a flawless spontaneous hula followed a moment later by a six year old boy doing some traditional male dancing and ripping it up on the drums. I hope Otto will include Harvey on the official entertainment roster next year, dancing drumming and spinning fire. His traditional Polynesian act would round out the bill nicely. Maybe outside at the Bali Hai!!!

Mahalo everybody. My camera burned in a fire or you can bet I'd have some great pix of the weekend. Can't wait till next year.. Hey wait maybe I'll see some of you in Catalina!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Aug 05, 2005
Posts: 57
From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-05-09 11:26 am   Permalink

I had a blast. It would have been a bigger blast if I'd been healthier, but still, the spirit of Tiki is stronger than penicillin! I got to hang with some old friends, make new ones, and even reconnect with folks I hadn't seen since college. (Hi Rebecca!) My only regret is missing out on one of the Trader Mort's mugs. Another reason to keep an eye on eBay, I guess.

Can't wait for next year!

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Feb 24, 2005
Posts: 1946
From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-05-09 2:26 pm   Permalink

[ This Message was edited by: SoccerTiki 2006-05-11 21:09 ]

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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 1182
From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-05-09 3:10 pm   Permalink

I'd like to take a second to thank everyone involved with the Oasis this year. To Otto and Baby Doe for the obvious reasons, to Kick the Reverb and Monkeyman for the drink deliveries, to all the friends new and old who offered help and humor, but mostly I want to thank Onatiki and Moki for all the hard work and support throughout the weekend (and before). I have never met more generous,caring,or thoughtful people than them. Take a bow all of you.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2006-05-09 8:18 pm   Permalink

I made it home after a long meditative and sad journey home. Thanks again to everyone who showed the aloha spirit and who helped make this weekend a ton-o-fun. I am now totally homesick for So Cal and all my friends down there.

Here are a few of my highlights of this weekend (in no particular order):

Surfin' San Onofre for the first time and having a blast. A perfect start to a completly memorable weekend.

Stoppin' in at Ona Tiki and Moki's amazing home and being greeted by some of the coolest and nicest people you will ever meet.

Spermy showing up at the Cult of the Eye party in his jammies.

Whaleriders awesome sense of humor.

Talkin' story with King Kukulele in the "ancient chinese secret room."

Officially getting introduced by Nick to Eileen from Tiki Magazine after unofficially meeting her in a long line for drinks at the Bali Hai.

Dr. Z carryin' a water cooler full of Lapu Lapus around from place to place because the hotel didn't know what to do with a small crowd of tiki freaks.

Walkin' into the Hotel on Thursday night and the first person I see is Otto who asks me "What's with the flannel?" I then see Big Tiki Dude walk in a few minutes later sportin' the old school flannel look as well. We then commence to havin' a deep discussion about wearing flannels long before grunge made them popular.

The plastic pirate sword fight on the balcony with Doctor Z after both of us being "Keel Hauled" that lead to a sword in his eye, two pirates that fell to thier death and a conversation about the need for a Blunderbuss when engaging in battle with plastic buccaneers.

Sabu coming in late and leaving the room early and me sleeping though it all. ( I usually wake up to a bug walkin' on the wall.)

Watching TikiBird and Utopian Dream try to throw plastic pirates up to the the third balcony.

Digital picture taking goofiness with Jon Paul, Marie, Adam, Erica, Jamie, Big Tiki Dude, Tena, Rudy and Dave at the Bali Hai.

Meeting so many new friends I couldnt possibly list them all here and now.

Havin' a drink with Conga Mike and Denise at the Bar on Saturday night. (See you at the Forbidden Island soon!)

Getting a drink mixed by Shag and getting to keep the mug. (sorry Jeff, I can't let it go Bro. I will pay you for the shirt.)

All the music, drinks and laughter that was shared. The Sand Devils, Mai Kai Gents Martini Kings and Ape were all Awesome, The Monkeypod and Keel Hauled were intoxicatingly delicious. All of you folks crack me up to no end, even if y'all give me mounds of grief for drinkin' crappy beer.

The Eye of the Cult partys were over the top. Once again my apologize to Dr. Shocker for putting my dirty drunken paws on his new laptop.

The security guards trying to ground me and send me to my room as if I was in first grade. (They really were good sports in retrospect.)

Jamie's humourous and well though out multimedia shows during the bands on Friday and Saturday night

The fun loving and beautiful ladies who know better than too try and take advantage of a drunk monkey.

Getting some neato freebie buttons from Dogbytes and Todd.

Talkin' with Tony from the Martini Kings and finding out he is also in the mysterious band known as The California Del Reys. BUY THE MARTINI KINGS CD TIKIS & BIKINIS IT IS AWESOME!!!

Hangin' out with Kirby, Polly, Polynesiac and Barbara at their booth on Sunday.

My sunburned face that is going to be creased with smile line for days to come.

Thanks again everybody for contributing to an amazing weekend.



Coconut Wired Podcast
Barefoot bloggin'

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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
Posts: 1553
From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2006-05-09 9:25 pm   Permalink

You Ruled Tiki Oasis!!! I had such a blast goofin off with you!! I will try to post some pic's when I am not so freakin busy!!! Real life is holding me down!! I really had a good time with all of my good friends!!

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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
Posts: 1596
From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2006-05-09 9:52 pm   Permalink

Here's a few scenes from the weekend:

C'Al & "The King"

Al doing his voodoo thing

Me & Hakalugi

Shag with a Twist

Our lush surroundings

Islands Restaurant

Polynesiac and his awesome tikis

Kirbys abode

Ran & the Sand Devils


"Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
-Pablo Picasso

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Joined: Oct 09, 2003
Posts: 184
Posted: 2006-05-10 12:40 am   Permalink

Hello friends!
I don't know what else I can say about Tiki Oasis 6 that hasn't been said yet. This was my third Tiki Oasis and so far the best! The location change was a breath of fresh air. All around an upgrade from the crowded Palm Spring location. It was just a matter of time before we outgrew Palm Springs. The only complain I heard was the weather. I never once went in the pool in Palm Springs, and I didn't miss the sometimes-too-hot weather. I would take San Diego's bigger hotel, bigger events, bigger sound, bigger shopping area, nicer locations anyday over Palm Springs hotter weather. Thanks to Otto and team for the millionth time. Thanks to all the Crawl hosts! Thanks to Josh Agle for the wonderful drinks and the beautiful, exclusive mugs we got to keep (he brought 30 of them). What a host! It was nice to see old friends and make new ones. Thanks to Spermy Whale for my first taste of Kevin and Jody's Miehana drink! Cult of the eye... wow. I will forever have memories of Bamboo Ben with his beautiful mug in hand all weekend, Ape's amazing high-energy performance, Bosko's informative tour, Tiki Tony's beautiful art, Holden's rare mug sale including some non-Tiki Farm mugs (Tiki Bob anyone? some people really scored! I scored an unglazed Enchanted Tiki Room mug), and lots of great drinks all weekend, all the time. I missed Sven (still in Germany?), and Trader Pup who was actually there, but sick as a dog in his room (I only saw him at Bali Hai). I have some choice pictures of the event and I will figure out a way to share them soon. The gift bag was a nice touch (swizzles, matchbooks with Oasis logo!). Hello to all my new friends! Drop me a line!
Oh, before I forget... the magician rubbed me the wrong way. His comments were a little condecending, and his hands need a few more years of practice (not fast enough to conceal his tricks). The real magic of Tiki for me where the wonderful music performances, the locations, the drinks, and most importantly the people. I love you, can I marry you all?
Counting the days 'till Tiki Oasis 7...
Your friend,
Louis Gonzalez
"For though your body will shrink, your mind will expand!"

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Joined: May 21, 2003
Posts: 979
From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2006-05-12 6:14 pm   Permalink

Many thanks to Otto and Baby Doe for pulling this all together. Your blood, sweat and tears, were evident and appreciated, everyone knows it was tough to get everything buttoned up this year on such short notice, many thanks, it can't be said enough.

This was the first year at this venue so it was the great experiment on many levels. Next year, we'll know what we are in for and what to expect.

It was great to visit the Bali Hia, damn those drinks were strong, and the bus ride was quite an adventure-the artic air and running through red lights--eek!

Thanks to the entertainers for fantastic performances; all the vendors for sharing their wonderful talents and wares; all the awesome people who opened up their rooms and shared their hospitality!

It was great to see old faces and see new ones. Many faces were not present and were truly missed.

My only regrets:

1) not getting an Oasis 6 mug (too bad we couldn't pre-order)
2) not being able to visit all the crawl hosts
3) lack of sunshire (Damn that San Diego May Gray)
4) sore feet
5) all of being so spread out in the hotel
6) not taking enough pictures
7) leaving and not saying goodbye and thank you to nearly enough people

P.S. Hau Oli Tiki - thanks for getting the ext. cord back, found it on our door handle the next morning -- that flaming tiki was pretty awesome, I'm glad we were able to help!

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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 735
Posted: 2006-05-12 10:14 pm   Permalink

My favorite Oasis experience-- well actually I had a couple-- but this one sticks out--
everyone doing the bird calls for "Quiet Village" while the Martini Kings were playing Friday night. That was so cool. Only a bunch of tiki people would have thought that bird calls would complete a song like that. That was so great.
Mai Kai Gents were great again, as usual. Awesome, awesome time!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 24, 2003
Posts: 409
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-13 10:31 pm   Permalink

Okay, we finally stopped drinking long enough to find the energy to post.

We had a great time at Oasis. Thanks to all who made this year so much fun.

See you in July, well some of you.....

'Ona & Moki

PS... Matt Rocks!! Could not have done it without him.

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Feb 24, 2005
Posts: 1946
From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-05-16 11:55 am   Permalink

Was it my imagination, or did Rugby Matt get robbed in the "Suave Savage" competition??? If it was based on applause, then he brought the house down....Girls all around me were crying "foul" when he did not win!!! BUT...He did get a lot of sympathy hugs from those girls....Hmmmm...Sometimes losing brings you more prizes!!!

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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 648
From: PDX
Posted: 2006-05-16 11:58 am   Permalink

Matt was robbed! Seriously!


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Hau 'oli Tiki
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Joined: Feb 03, 2005
Posts: 410
From: Lamegoona Hills, CA
Posted: 2006-05-16 9:14 pm   Permalink

With out a doubt! Rigged!! Poor Matt, he needed all those hugs and kisses!!

Speaking of winning stuff: Who won the Catalina trip offered by Tikifarm when you bought a mug? Was it Tikifarm? I was 3 flags to the wind all weekend. Alls I know is I have some new mugs with a ticket stub and "catalina win" scribbled on it by me!

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Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 966
From: NorCal
Posted: 2006-05-19 11:26 pm   Permalink


On 2006-05-12 18:14, CheekyGirl wrote:
Many thanks to Otto and Baby Doe for pulling this all together. Your blood, sweat and tears, were evident and appreciated, everyone knows it was tough to get everything buttoned up this year on such short notice, many thanks, it can't be said enough.

sorry we have not posted sooner
the combination of living with two energetic young boys and being walking distance from Forbidden island has proven to be way too much of a challenge.

I want to thank everyone for having a great time, supporting the move to SD, going with the flow when the hotel flip flopped and did the zero tolerance on the room parties, not getting too too drunk at Bali Hai s that you could not shop the next day, etc

I vow to fix the availability of the mug and the room party situation. I will post a more formal thank you wrap up and a survey of what we should do for next year.

cheers to all Oasis revelers on another great year

Otto & Baby Doe

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