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Big Sam's goodbye Party on Sat. 27th - Buffet Sold Out! RSVP if Interested in seeing the Show Only.
The Sperm Whale
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 23, 2004
Posts: 1553
From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2006-05-28 4:56 pm   Permalink

What can I say except I had a blast last night!!! Thanks so much Sabu, Bigtikidude, WooHoo, and Soccer tiki!! You all did a great job putting this together.
Its always fun getting together with everybody!!! BTW we won some great prizes too!!! We are stoked!!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2006-05-28 6:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha! What a blast last night was! My wife and I had such a great time. It was great to see and hang with friends and meet many new ones. How could one not have a great time around good people, good music and tons of big, hanging, glowing balls? It's still hard for me to believe that such a magical place has an uncertain future.

Big shouts go out to the volunteers/organizers woohoo, soccer (would you be "football" in other parts of the world?), bigtiki, and Sabu for pulling this thing together on such short notice. The food was awesome, bands were perfect for setting the mood - the king kept me in stitches, the glasgow tiki shakers surfy/shadows-y sound was killer(get that CD out so we can buy it!!) and the Martini Kings blew me away. I had to get some of their CDs. I can't wait to see them again. Those door prizes were AWESOME, but they would have been better if I had won one...spermy...and that Diablo sign was a true 'ting o' beauty. Krustiki and ookoo are very luck indeed.

I would like to thank Sabu for inviting me to create the commemorative pendant. With so many top-notch carvers in this area who's work I greatly admire, it was a real honor to me. I would also like to thank each and every one of you who were there early enough to purchase a pendant. I'm glad I was able to finish 50 (53 to be exact...I still have one that is "sticky", and yes, I still have it attached to my microwave) and I was surprised at how fast they went. All the proceeds from the pendant went to help pay for the event and the bands time.

I do hope the rumors are true that it will be sometime before sam's is officially gone. Places like this are rare, indeed.

See ya at the next one!

OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 4038
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-05-28 7:42 pm   Permalink

Q-tiki and I had the best night yet, talking to everyone and making new friends. Thanks everyone involved for a wonderful evening. Hopefully we will have more evenings like that again.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Apr 07, 2002
Posts: 50
From: Simi Valley,CA
Posted: 2006-05-29 10:39 am   Permalink

We too had an outrageous time. What a wonderful group effort putting this event together so quickly, thank you.

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martini kings
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Joined: Nov 10, 2005
Posts: 641
From: anthony marsico
Posted: 2006-05-29 12:06 pm   Permalink

the martini kings want to say mahalo to big tikidude,sabu,soccer tiki and woohoo and everyone else that put together the sams event.
hard to beleive it but that was our first trip there!
we've played on a ton o stages before but none as cool as that.
i'd love to get a photo of the band on that stage if anyone happened to get a shot.
hope to see evryone soon!.
tony" martini king" marsico

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 08, 2004
Posts: 301
Posted: 2006-05-29 5:06 pm   Permalink

We had a blast at the "rumored last party" and want to thank everyone involved in putting it together as well as those who showed up to Sam’s to pay their respect. We plan to head back there again for dinner Tuesday 5/30 (not sure what time though) and would like to invite those who are interested in joining us. Once we get off work we plan to head over there and hang out at the bar as well as eat there. We live within 15 minutes from the restaurant so it won't take long for us to get there. Typically, we eat at the bar. This way we are seconds away from a drink refresher.

I'll post the pictures that I took from last Saturdays party as soon as I figure out how to do so.


Tikitatt (John Sissel)

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 892
From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2006-05-29 7:02 pm   Permalink

Many mahalos to Sabu, Woohoo, Soccer and BigTikiDude (whom I did not have the pleasure of meeting). Good times at Sam's! Aloha to Wes, Biff and the gang!

See you in Catalina.



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Larry Lava
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Joined: Apr 24, 2003
Posts: 87
From: Fresno, CA
Posted: 2006-05-29 10:53 pm   Permalink

We just got back to Fresno tonight. The trip was well worth it to see Sam's. Thanks to everyone for all of their effort and hard work to make this event happen. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2006-05-30 07:38 am   Permalink

Thanks to Bigtikidude, Sabu, Woohoo & soccertiki for a great event. We had a lot of fun. It's always good to see our friends. Polynesiac's necklace was very cool and there were some very nice door prizes. Would love to see a photo of Krustikis "happy dance". I think he was one of the Soul Train dancers back in the 70s. Glaskow Tiki Shakers opened with a groovy surf tinged Quiet Village......and went on to play many old school surf faves. Martini Kings exotic set was a great end to the evening in an exotic setting. King Kukelele was in his element as the consumate master of ceremonies. Big Fun indeed.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 11, 2003
Posts: 477
From: LB to LA, CA
Posted: 2006-05-30 11:48 am   Permalink

Thanks to all who organized the event. It was a cool & casual happining...

Might I also say that not a single face was licked!!!
Just take your time-wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 255
From: O.C., SoCal
Posted: 2006-05-30 1:38 pm   Permalink

Click here to see some photos of the event

There are two videos below. Please download them to your computer to watch them.

PC: Right-click on link > Save Target As or Save Link As
Macintosh: Control-click on link > Download Linked File As

Watch the Martini Kings perform Quiet Village 9 minutes 18 seconds
File size: 26.37 MB

Watch the waterfall at Sam's 21 seconds
File size: 1 MB

QuickTime is required to watch the videos. You can download it here:

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 1500
From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2006-05-30 7:09 pm   Permalink

Ah, so sorry I had to miss this!

Cool footage Tikisan! I don't think you really anticipated having the visual "interruption", and I had to adjust my audio and did a couple of additional passes just to make sure, but I could actually hear your "C'mon" (as in "C'mon, you're in my shot!"...lol). Cool stuff anyhow!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9192
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2006-05-30 7:28 pm   Permalink

Hey All,
I've had a very Busy weekend up until monday night, so I haven't had a chance to post anything yet.
First off, I want to say thank you to everybody for thanking,
Me and Tim(Sabu)and Soccer Tiki and Whoohoo. I admit that it was my brain child to do a big event in the back room with bands and etc.
instead of just a Monday crab night( which was also very Good).
But I must say that all that all the thanks go to Tim. Especially as he did 98% of the leg work involved, and fronted all of the money for the event. And to Soccertiki and Whoo for doin the IN list and taking the money at the door. All I did was get the Glasgow Tiki Shakers,(whoom I'm glad got lots of great responses for),and be a backboard for Tim to bounce ideas off of. And a little bit of amp lifting for the band. Other than that they get all the kudos. I was just happy that the event went off without any major hitches(though some of us were worried about the no shows).
And everybody had a great time.
Thanks to everybody who came, and especially the ones from far distances. Monterey, Bay Area, Fresno, Arizona,.. That's dedication.


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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 31, 2005
Posts: 88
Posted: 2006-05-30 8:21 pm   Permalink

Well, dagnabit, this is what I get for not coming to TikiCentral more often...I did not hear about Sam's closing until Friday night....ironically enough, I took my roommate there as a bit of a farewell since she'll be moving to Georgia next month. And then the waiter tells us the bad news! Fortunately we did have a camera present, and the waiters pretty much let us have the run of the place to take photos. I even snuck behind the bar in the bar to act as a bartender, although the picture didn't come out so well. First the Royal Hawaiian and Trader Vics, now this.

It was good to finally meet someone from the boards, even if unexpected...and more amusing that I was apparently mistaken for someone else, since I matched the description from tiki-schleek's post...

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Joined: May 29, 2006
Posts: 48
Posted: 2006-05-30 10:23 pm   Permalink

Just a short note from the Glasgow Tiki Shakers to thank all the Tiki Central folk for including us in the Sam's good-bye extravaganza. Special thanks to Sabu, Big Tiki Dude and all our new friends for welcoming us. Also big thanks to King Kukulele and the Martini Kings -- how good are they! Long live Sam's (we hope from the rumors at least a few years longer)!

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