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How are you promoting Tiki?
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 14, 2006
Posts: 94
Posted: 2006-05-16 12:52 am   Permalink

For myself, I've hosted a number of "tropical" parties in which I've been purchasing actual quality Tiki mugs (from Tiki Farm, etc.) for my friends. Mugs ain't cheap, so only a few are purchased per party. I mark the mugs with their respective names and those mugs are only available for those people, during my "tropical" parties. They stay at my house at all times. Also, so nobody feels left out, I've acquired a number of the generic "Party America" variety.

In addition to the mugs, I've also been giving them little tidbits of Tiki trivia and history at each gathering.

So far, everyone I've purchased mugs for are beginning to feel the Tiki vibe.

Anyone else?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 15, 2004
Posts: 490
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-05-16 01:14 am   Permalink

I go door to door throughout neighborhoods with little flyers inquiring if the occupants have heard the true word lately.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 322
From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2006-05-16 04:27 am   Permalink

I too have become a tiki evangelist. I have built a portable tiki bar and have taken tiki to some most unexpected places. I follow the words of the great Don the Beachcomber who said: "If you can not come to paradise, I will bring it to you."

I sell
Folding Portable Tiki Bar Plans on the internet. My followers build their bars and help to spread tiki to the world.

Try as we might there are still many places in this world which are so remote there is no nearby tiki bar. If you plan on makeing a journey to one, be sure to bring your tiki bar and hopefully we can stamp out the dreaded "too far from a tiki bar" excuse in our lifetimes.

Thank you

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2006-05-16 06:37 am   Permalink

I try to support places where it exists (places like Sam's Seafod and Sacramento Hukilau sadly) and try to make it appear where it is not.

Cleverly written letters to cities insisting the Kitsch kicks Feng Shui's ass, and insisting as a tax-payer they take THAT into consideration when designing public buildings.

I've spent days making Snow Moai at Yosemite, just where people stop and try to take thier Ansel Adams photo from the car.

Gifting loud Aloha Shirts to friends in Europe who mostly wear black.

The first theme camp at Burning Man (when it first moved to the Blackrock from the Beach) was Tiki Camp which was my doing...several of us scoured thrift stores all year for cheap mugs (especially the plentiful Trader Dick's ones) and gave them out. Free Drinks, roaring blenders, and propane tank shooting.

Latley it's been mostly sculpting stuff, and making cartoony cermaic masks...Skulls, Masks, Big Leafs, Ships, Rum Kegs, tucans, islands, sailfish, and that sort of stuff. (Slab work it's called)for installation in some spot that NEEDS a tiki theme.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5323
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-05-16 07:19 am   Permalink

One thing that is hard to deal with for me are the people who don't get it. There are some for whom tiki goes right past them, and then there are some who look at it and say nasty things. And some think it's that oh-so-over-used-in-the-media term "tacky."

I want to punch people's lights out over it. Here you are in the holy Mai Kai enjoying a Shark Bite and the slabs next to you are saying "it's too dark in here"; "these prices are crazy"; "clean it, they need to just bulldoze this place." Shit like that. Makes you crazy.

I try to steer very clear of the wacky tiki crap and keep it classic. One of my fears in opening my own place was dealing with a public that was as likely to ridicule or laugh at my creation as fall in love with it.

I am not really interested in trying to recruit people to tiki. I do not want to invite hordes of people into my bar to hear them make fun of it. I want to invite people over who will enjoy it.

But, if you own a tiki bar or if you want to help one, you have to try to appeal to the haters and the mockers as well as the lovers of tiki. As long as you blow them away with the drinks, you are good. If not, they won't be back.

People have no taste. And should popular culture make another turn and the tiki bar became common, you'd have to suffer through Abercrombie and Fitch to try to enjoy it.

I won't throw my pearly shells before swine! Unless it's a kalua pig.

"Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" the book

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Jeff Central
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 1700
From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2006-05-16 08:50 am   Permalink

Cheers Swanky!!!!! I couldn't have said it better myself!!!

Cheers and Mahalo,

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 474
From: los angeles
Posted: 2006-05-16 09:02 am   Permalink

I have a little tiki statue and I put it in my front window so all who pass by can say "Whah.........what IS that?"

A small gesture, to be sure, but it is constantly there, so whatever people perceive it to be, at least they can tell I'm halfway serious about it. And hopefully someone who has no idea of what it means will ask a friend who will tell them. (Maybe I should make a label that says "TIKI" and stick it to the tiki, so they'll freaking know the word they have to look up??)

I am looking for an appropriate T-shirt (I am real picky when it comes to T-shirt designs) so that I can also take the imagery along with me.

Anyone who likes fun things has some appreciation for tiki. In the problem cases, they simply aren't aware that it is the bee's knees.

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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 2277
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-05-16 10:39 am   Permalink

I have found a simple way to promote Tiki as well as keep most, if not all, solicitors from your doorstep....

Find one or more Tiki's, the bigger the better, and place in your front yard. The more traditional, or the more scary, the tiki the more effective it is.

An example: We have a Jehovah's Witness Temple at the end of our street so we see them go by every Saturday morning. Both coming and going. I have two Tiki's at our front door, one is two feet tall and one is four feet tall, both original creations. Since I have installed them, none of the missionaries have stopped. Neither have our local Amway, Mary-Kay and Avon, and Newspaper reps have knocked on our door. If you are any of the above, I don't judge you. I just don't want you knocking on my door unless you have a bottle of rum to share at the bar.

On the flip side, the neighbors on the entire block have stopped by to ask about the Tiki's, asked where they could get their own Tiki's, commented on my home-bar, begged for invites to the next luau.... you get the picture.

Tiki and Aloha promotion as well as a creative "No solicitors" solution.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2006-05-16 11:23 am   Permalink

I carve with the garage door open, this tends to upset the church lady across the street.Others stop and ask "what ya doing?" I have a copy of Book of tiki on my tool box and let them thumb thru it also. Church lady has made it known to the other neighbors she doesnt like seeing me create false idols. Wait till the new 9 foot mail box tiki goes up.

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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3682
From: HELL
Posted: 2006-05-16 11:24 am   Permalink


On 2006-05-16 01:14, lanikai wrote:
I go door to door throughout neighborhoods with little flyers inquiring if the occupants have heard the true word lately.

..and i go door to door with a witco catalog and ask "if you have any of this stuff lying around, i'll pay cash for it right now....."

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Tiki Fink
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 21, 2006
Posts: 392
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2006-05-16 2:45 pm   Permalink

Denver is a place that needs support and promotion of Classic Tiki Culture. Don't get me wrong though. There are some great Tiki Ohana here. We once had some great original Tiki establishments but they are gone like Krakatowa. We had Tiki Boyd's and I supported Boyd's as much as I could both as a customer and donor of extra Tiki items. ( I still have a very cool Surf Board welcome sign waiting for them when they re-open.) Most of my close friends don't really get Tiki so I have to leverage my support by preaching to the choir ( Denver TC Ohana )and thereby keep the torch burnin'. My tangible effort toward this end is completing my outdoor home bar and hosting a sizeable annual event.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11606
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-05-16 3:10 pm   Permalink

I try to assemble material and history in books so that the visual power of Tiki does not allow people to put them down once they opened one, and inspires them to start carving, building home bars, or opening restaurants in the name of the god of the artists...(not to mention spending tons of money on e-bay..sorry!)

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Joined: May 16, 2006
Posts: 10
From: Pennsylvania
Posted: 2006-05-16 3:39 pm   Permalink

It seems like every recipe I've posted lately on http://www.kaiserpenguin.com has been of a tiki drink. I browse through my books time and again and always return to my spiral bound, rum-stained copy of Grog Log. I feel like I'm on a constant quest to find exotic fruit juices and rums unobtainable by all but the hardiest of adventurers.

If you're interested in reading, here are some direct links to tiki drink posts:
- Test Pilot
- Hurricane Recipe Comparison
- Waikikian
- Mai Tai Recipe Comparison

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 04, 2003
Posts: 2385
From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2006-05-16 3:46 pm   Permalink

I try to promote tiki with my car (thanks Chongolio for the Die Cut decals). I get lots of long looks from folks in traffic or at stop lights. I can see them mouth the words .."m on key man design"

Hopefully they visit the website and see the texture and fun that tiki inspired decor can add to their home.

Im working on a feature length documentary about Tiki Central with over 50 hours of footage so far.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-05-16 8:10 pm   Permalink

I talk tiki to my mrs all the time! She still hasn't built me a tiki bar, she just smiles and says "yes dear...."

Actually I am in the process of developing the first Australian online tiki newsletter. It will cover all aspects of tiki in Australia and Australia only! There is currently no single source for Aussie tiki lovers to go to for info on tiki.

Any anyone who mentions a mere interest in tiki "check out TC!"

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