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caerthe
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Posted: 2006-02-25 12:53 am   Permalink

If you could assemble the ultimate tiki event, both for veterans and those new to tiki, what would you include?

-Music acts
-Activities
-Vendors
-Location
-What else?


 
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mbonga
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From: La Mesa, California
Posted: 2006-02-25 01:35 am   Permalink

Only 8 people are browsing at the moment, so I guess it's up to me to respond first, even though I've never been to a "tiki event."

Two ideas have been running around my mind lately for social events that would be great for tiki fan get-togethers:

1. drum circle
It takes very little skill to bang on a set of bongos, and it doesn't take much more money to buy them, either. Kids and adults can join in, create a great auditory result, learn in the process, and have fun doing so. Most cities have free drum circles that anybody can sit in, and they're a lot of fun. All types of percussion are welcome, too: African drums seem to be the most popular, but there are also bongos, congas, claves, guiros, maraccas, cowbells, cabasas, and you name it. Since bongos are often associated with beach-California-tiki-'60s culture, this seems appropriate.

2. bamboo monkey bars
I discussed this event that I saw in Bonsall in the following thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=18316&forum=7&14
All it takes is a big pile of bamboo poles, or even PVC pipe if bamboo is unavailable, plus some twine, and somebody who knows how to lash them together, and who can teach others.

Other ideas I might throw out:

3. ukulele jams (Where else could you find another ukulele player to jam with? Maybe the uke players can even fit in with the drum circle at times.)
4. wood carving demonstrations (have lots of bandages on hand!)
5. tiki bar, of course, for the grownups (if laws prevent alcohol, just use nonalcoholic drinks instead)
6. hula or Tahitian dance sessions or lessons
7. bobbing for mangos?
8. hula hoops? (I haven't seen those in years)
9. a bonfire, if possible
10. tiki displays, collections, or contests, with awards
11. singalongs (How many people know "The Hawaiian War Chant", for example? Good chance to learn the lyrics.)
12. tiki torches at night
13. no limit on vendors: pendants, artwork, books, CDs, shirts, orchids, etc.
14. removable tattoo drawing? (the tiki analog to face painting, which is popular at fairs)
15. Hawaiian or travel films playing on the side?
16. lei making?
17. tiki mug collection displays?
18. Hawaiian type feast cooked in a pit?
19. poi making?
20. kava making?
21. fish print T-shirt making?
22. Martin Denny / Augie Colon style bird call lessons?
23. lava sledding or sled-making? (you'd probably need a hill nearby)
http://starbulletin.com/2005/07/24/news/story9.html
24. fire walking?
25. Micronesian stick fight contests?
26. pineapple jack-o-lanterns?

The most practical ideal location, of course, would have to be somewhere in Southern California or maybe Florida. Hawaii is too far, and everywhere else is either too cold, too untiki, or too far for most people.

I'd keep the professional acts to a minimum, since it's too easy to fall into nonparticipating show-watching mode instead of socializing and making memories of your own.

I'm envisioning an outdoor event where there is lots of room and the kind of activities where both young and old can join in, to make nice memories for the next generation of tiki lovers to cherish later on. Damn, all this sounds pretty fun. Let me know if you plan something like that.

Just my vision.


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cynfulcynner
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Posted: 2006-02-25 04:13 am   Permalink


Male strippers!


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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2006-02-25 05:52 am   Permalink



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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-02-25 09:05 am   Permalink

Way to bring it, Mbonga.

I would like a weekly tiki bar circuit, for example:

Wed: Tiki-Ti
Thurs: Voodoo Room
Fri: Purple Orchid &/or Puka Bar
Sat: Sam's
Sun: Tonga Hut & Lucky Tiki



 
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caerthe
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Posted: 2006-02-26 8:40 pm   Permalink

I like several of the ideas.

There were a few suggestions about something like a class. One thought, especialy for those new to tiki, are some classes along the line of lei-making (already mentioned).

Here's a few suggestions, please tell my what you think.

Home Tiki Bar 101 (From floorplan to palm fronds)

Bar tending tips from the pros

Drink Garnishments (this is almost a lost art where I'm from)


 
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caerthe
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Posted: 2006-02-26 11:01 pm   Permalink

What about contests?

Bobbing for Mangos sounds interesting, but what else?


 
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caerthe
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Posted: 2006-02-26 11:57 pm   Permalink

Another question to consider.

What's one thing that would get you to attend a Tiki Event held in a fairly non-tiki city inland? Say MidWest.


 
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mbonga
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Posted: 2006-02-27 12:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

Bobbing for Mangos sounds interesting, but what else?



Coconut shot put?

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caerthe
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Posted: 2006-02-27 12:19 am   Permalink

Another question.

What if only part of the Tiki Event happened at the hotel?

A chartered bus (or buses) that would take event-goers to tiki-esque attractions around the city.

Examples:
-Home bar tour
-World renowned water park (4-hour visit NOT the whole day)
-Tiki themed mini-golf (maybe a tournament of some sort)
-Exclusive visit to in-town tiki bar

Would you pay extra $ for any of these options?



 
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caerthe
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Posted: 2006-02-27 12:32 am   Permalink

Another question. This is serious research, so please bear with me.

How important are the Friday (and sometimes Thursday night) activities such as bar tours and informal parties? What's good and bad about these?

How important are activities on Sunday?

Is the vendor room enough or do you want a half or full day of activities?


 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2006-02-27 08:38 am   Permalink



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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-02-27 10:05 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-02-26 23:57, caerthe wrote:
Another question to consider.

What's one thing that would get you to attend a Tiki Event held in a fairly non-tiki city inland? Say MidWest.




The Midwest is not non-tiki.

Chicago currently has the most tiki in the Midwest. It is the center point of tiki in the Midwest and there is plenty of tiki scattered around the neighboring states and cities.

As for an event, Chicago has hosted plenty of tiki events both large and small from Tabu Tiki Nights at Trader Vics to the blowout that was Exotica last year.

Tiki lives on through the artists in the Midwest, from commercial carvers to carvers that do work for their own paradises, from tiki painters to mixed media artists. Last year DVA Gallery in Chicago featured more Midwestern tiki artists than artists from the other parts of the country.

It gets old hearing people bag on the Midwest, hell, I don't like it all the time either but it's where I live and make the best of it.

Tiki doesn't only exist in California and Florida, it's everywhere you want it to be, the main reason for the Polypop Movement.

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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2006-02-27 10:13 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-02-25 00:53, caerthe wrote:
If you could assemble the ultimate tiki event, both for veterans and those new to tiki, what would you include?




Fire Dancers (Tahitian Fire Knife)

and Hula Dancers.


 
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2006-02-27 12:42 pm   Permalink

Topless female hula dancers?!?!

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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