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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3487
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 11 days ago; 8:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Hey, the Big Island of Hawaii has asked me to represent small business at a special Hawaiian Business Expo on Capital Hill In Washington DC.
First Time ever in History!
http://www.cochawaii.org/hawaiis-industries-to-gather-at-the-nations-capitol-for-the-first-ever-taste-of-hawaii-on-the-hill/

I Know! My art agent and I went to the head chair person of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to make SURE they knew what I kind of Art did …and she said "Yes! The Mayor of the big Island loves your Art! So does the Governor! We'd love you to go to Washington DC and show your work on behalf of the Big Island!"

Wow! OK! How do you say no that that? Well…you don't! So, We're gonna set up our table & show some way swanky Tiki-Art! Hand out autographed Tiki-Art calendars to every Congressperson and Representative we can! We got key chains, post cards, magnets, …ah…towels, all kine stuff! Of corse no one will tell us if the President is going to be there or not….but, I got a funny feeling since this has NEVER taken place before, and the President just happens to be from Hawaii, maybe he'll do a walk through… If so... I gotta' get a photo of him and me doing a "Shaka"!

Off I go - gotta catch my flight!
A L O H A !

_________________
Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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danlovestikis
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Posts: 4662
Posted: 11 days ago; 9:11 pm   Permalink

As one who knows how long it takes to post photos here I say a huge thank you for the fantastic ride though your missing days. Very very cool indeed. That was a tiki feast. I hope you do meet the president from Hawaii. Someone photoshopped such a picture of Gecko and he was thrilled. It would be great for a real one. However what you have scheduled far exceeds most trips.

Cheers, Wendy
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3487
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: Yesterday; 11:05 pm   Permalink

danlovestikis (aka Wendy) thanks! Yeah it was crazy! I don't think I'll ever again Have an art show at The Biggest Low-Brow gallery on the West Coast : La Luz De Jesus, & an invitation to represent the Big Island of Hawaii at an Expo in Washington D.C. PLUS an invitation to the owner of Body Glove's special river Vacation hone named "THE TIKI SHACK" all in a few weeks again in my life! Whew! Dat was nuts!
Let me tell ya' a few high lights if you have not been looking at FB… here's some different stuff more for Tiki Tribe ears and eyes!
Pretend you are sitting in my swanky home Tiki-Bar" and I got a slide projector and you got a ice cold Mai-Tai…or like dat and here we go…
(Click)

(L to R)
My Art Agent Abbas, Hawaiian State Senator Mazie Horono (sweet lady!), and then some low-brow Tiki-Artist guy.
OK…. It all started after I was working like crazy getting my big Tiki-Art-Show ready for La Luz. Thank the Tiki gawks, that all went really well! THANX everyone who came out on a Holiday, and bought Tiki-Art, or even just was there spreading the Aloha! Awesome!

….even though I was totally freaked out. Inside, I don't think I was ready. I was visualizing a bigger show. 'Cause the time I was supposed to be getting Tiki-Art done for da' show, I was all distracted by this dag-nab-dumb copy-right law-suit where Cafe-Press stole my art. Yep...It's still going on, and I have no idea what's happening. Really, my lawyer sends me e-mails, ….and I know they are in English ….and I know I can read. ...but I still have no idea what they say. They are written in some sort of Lawyer-Secret Code… and no guy on da' street can ever figure out what they say, mean, or are about.
Well, at least I can't!

Anywho…. "The Chamber of Commerce of Kona-Kohala" asked me to represent the Big Island of Hawaii at a first-time-ever "Taste of Hawaii Business Expo on Capital Hill"!

Wow!

I mean, I wasn't really ready to leave my beloved island again just yet, BUT... you just cannot say no when your STATE asks you to rep them in D.C. …especially HAWAII, (which I dearly love) …nope, just can't… Not to a honor like dat! And asked by such nice Hawaiian Folks. Wouldn't Be ALOHA. So Gotta'!


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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3487
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: Yesterday; 11:43 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Pretend you're in my swanky Enchanted-Tiki-Room.
Lowering the lights in my Home-Tiki-Bar…
Everyone still happy with their Mai-Tais?
Cool!

Vacation/Business-Trip slide-show a-go-go….
Next Slide Please….
(CLICK)

The tall dude is my art agent, and guy in da' hat is you-know-who.
OK…. the very first ever "Taste of Hawaii on Capital Hill" business Expo was a great idea that became an amazing event!
Great time! Great People!
Next Slide please.
(CLICK)

A Really fun bunch of folks - each from their Hawaiian Island... representing their island, an' small (or sometimes big) business.
Yeah. I know. Coulda' been a snoozer …but the people were FUN, and FULL of ALOHA!

Here's a News-Story on da' expo…

http://www3.hoh.rollcall.com/capitol-hill-feasts-on-hawaiian-hospitality-video/

_________________
Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: Today; 12:05 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Next Slide please….
(CLICK!)

Started out with a really swanky tour o-da' White House! Great! Never been!
OK, now it was a little bit …ah funny that the Hawaiian delegation was slated for a White House tour at 7:45AM the first day when there is a 6 hour time difference tween Hawaii and DC. Oh yeah, that was funny!
However, the energetic, perky, and super-nice Leighton Kim Oshima (Senator Hirono's husband) was our VIP Tour guide zipping us though Security… which involved a dog sniffing us (hidden behind a wall) and if the dog made a happy noise you can go ahead, but if he makes a unhappy noise…no White Casa for you! I didn't know what was going on till after, n' I asked "Hey you all hear a dog?" I was sorta' startled - thinking I shoulda' worn clean underwear that morning, but guess it was cool with da' dog!

No photos allowed inside the W.H. Amazing Art is all I gotta' say! Wow! Totally worth it, even if security took as long as the tour! Amazing!

Next Slide please….
(CLICK!)

The hotel we stayed at was total swank! Amazing history! Where we were in D.C. -every building was built like a Masonic Temple! Beautiful!
The streets were spotless, the people were all very culturally mixed, (we stayed on the edge of China Town) and everyone was soo freakin' nice!
None of the horror stories we had been told were true. The place was SWEET! ...and dripping with history!

Next Slide please….
(CLICK!)

Inside the hotel, - a cool Disney Haunted Mansion feel, yet swanky. The folks working at the hotel, the museums, the stores, the food trucks, even people on the street all had this great 'tude. Very much like being at Disney Land… really. A tourist town, where the people know you be nice to the tourists so they blow their tourist bucks…that, or they are truly proud of all the awesome history all around you.
….



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Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3487
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: Today; 12:53 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

So we spent a quite night in the Haunted Mansion…except for some weird noise in our room we could not identify, but we were so jet lagged we just fell asleep anyway.
Next day another cool tour for the Hawaiian delegation!
Secret under-ground city beneath D.C. ...and the Capital Building!

We met up at Senator Hirono's office, then she took us all down stairs to an under ground level with a lot of doors leading off to very interesting offices: I swear N' one room I saw some important looking' guys in suits sitting at a table with a bunch of documents & photos all spread out, but the meeting seemed to be lead by a nine-year-old kid! Strange.
In another room, I caught a glimpse of a strange machine that looked circa 1940's like something outa' a Flash Gordan episode, but it was turned-on, working, sparking snakes o' electricity- And the old-guy wearing 1940's style clothing fiddling with it caught me looking and like gave me the stink-eye… I kept on stepping!
X-files! Very X-files!
Then we got on a under ground tram and went really fast!

Great ride - right outa Disney Land!

Then we got handed over to a guide named Chris, and the only person I've met taller than Abbas.

We enter the Visitor's Center - huge room like Grand central station.
The very first statue you see is…

King Kamehameha!
Wow, everyone in our group goes nuts, we all gotta get pictures!
Our Guide, Chris, tells us the strange story about the statue.
Seems it's bigger than all the other statues in the capital buildings… like he's 7 foot instead of the usual 6 foot. He weighs a LOT! The engineers figure out the only place they can put the heavy King Kamehameha statue is in a certain part of the "Hall of Statues" that has a huge support pillar beneath it. However, it's a little out of the way, and kinda' in the dark. Well, seems King Kamehameha is not happy there. A mysterious crack forms in the marble floor beneath the statue. This spot is no longer safe to hold this massive statue… the engineers figure out the only other safe place is in the front of the visitors center, right by the entrance.
So he's now the first statue greeting visitors to the capital.

No one from Hawaii is surprised to hear this. This kinda stuff goes on in da' islands a lot.

OK…6 hours time change is catching up with me…that's all for now, Tiki Tribe, I'm off to bed.
More laters!

_________________
Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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