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Tikiphiles Unite in Austin, TX
Koitiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2007
Posts: 233
From: Austin
Posted: 2007-10-19 3:10 pm   Permalink


Some of us have been chatting over our Samoan Typhoons about getting the local ohana together. Anyone up for that? We’re taking suggestions for location. Backyard bar? Hula Hut? The new club with the shark tank in the middle? Hehe.
How about a simple meet-up this time, and work our way up to the first-ever(?) Central Texas Tiki Crawl?


 
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suzanne
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Joined: Mar 31, 2005
Posts: 660
From: A Jet to Paradise
Posted: 2007-10-19 7:14 pm   Permalink

When? If you give me enough notice I might drive down from Denton! Yay!!! Tiki lives in Tejas!

Suzanne
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Koitiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2007
Posts: 233
From: Austin
Posted: 2007-10-21 1:01 pm   Permalink

Yeah! Come on down! Good to hear from you. We'll let you know when we set a date.

 
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suzanne
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From: A Jet to Paradise
Posted: 2007-10-21 2:44 pm   Permalink

Fabulous! Hurray.

--Suzanne


 
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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
Posts: 1217
From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2007-10-24 06:42 am   Permalink

Set a date and my wahine and I try to make it.
If you do a search here with the keyword "Texas" you'll find a lot of great articles and info of our yearly gathering at Trader Vic's in Dallas (around May). Hey if you are ever out in the Lubbock area or know someone who is, point them to me. Julie (my wahine) and I seem to be the only castaways out here.
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ElDiablo
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Joined: Mar 13, 2003
Posts: 9
From: San Diego, Ca
Posted: 2007-11-22 08:54 am   Permalink

Been looking for you guys...

If there is something Austin is missing is some tiki style.

Let's get the party started!

ElDiablo


 
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BrickHorn
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 178
From: Texas
Posted: 2007-12-17 08:26 am   Permalink

Did anything ever come of this? I'd definitely be up for meeting the Austin tiki community.

 
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Benehune
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Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 248
Posted: 2007-12-29 03:16 am   Permalink

I'll be there. Just let me know when.

 
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BrickHorn
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 178
From: Texas
Posted: 2008-02-12 08:15 am   Permalink

So, the wife and I scouted Headhunter's the other day as a potential spot for an eventual Austin tiki event. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. While the bar has potential, as it retained the decor from its previous incarnation as Ocean's 11, there is no tiki substance remaining. When I ordered a mai tai at the bar, the guy looked at me and said "Mai tai. What's in that? Bacardi, cranberry, ..." I stopped him right there and just ordered a whiskey. It was garnished with what appeared to be a previously-used lemon wedge. Sad.

 
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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 1502
From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2008-02-13 8:52 pm   Permalink

Hey Brickhorn!

I'll be in Austin for SXSW (March 14 - 16) again - love to meet you and any other TCX-ers then.

And yes, sadly, Headhunters is but a shadow of the formerly fabulous Oceans 11. I'd suggest doing something like Oasis for sunset cocktails, but I'll be too busy to make the drive out there during SXSW. But I'll probably stay a few days afterwards (I'll be on Spring Break), so maybe as a post-SXSW activity?

Or we can just declare a bar/restaurant/club and tell all interested TC-ers to show up!
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BrickHorn
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 178
From: Texas
Posted: 2008-02-15 08:08 am   Permalink

Formikahini,

Hey there. Trippin' to Austin, eh? A March get-together sounds good, although I kind of have to play it by ear (lots of company coming in town in March).

Probably the best venue for a tiki gathering in Austin is the Hula Hut, even though it's more surf shack than tiki temple. But at least there are tikis hanging on the walls. Austin's full of cool bars and restaurants, but is utterly devoid of tiki culture.


 
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tiki in tx
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Joined: May 05, 2008
Posts: 11
Posted: 2008-05-06 06:38 am   Permalink

Greetings!

I'm brand new to this forum, but I've been a lover of tiki culture for most of my life. My fiance and I are getting married next May in Austin and are having a tiki-themed reception. Unfortunately, as you all know, Austin is devoid of tikiness, so we're having to decorate a neutral space outselves. We were going to try to have our rehearsal dinner on the Kon Tiki party boat (http://www.kontikithefunboat.com/), but it only holds 35 people.

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas for local tiki resources, please me know. I just ordered twelve blowfish lamps from Thailand to hang above each table at the reception. I'm thinking of ordering a couple of tikis from tikis4u.com.


 
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BrickHorn
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
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From: Texas
Posted: 2008-05-06 09:17 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-06 06:38, tiki in tx wrote:
Greetings!

I'm brand new to this forum, but I've been a lover of tiki culture for most of my life. My fiance and I are getting married next May in Austin and are having a tiki-themed reception. Unfortunately, as you all know, Austin is devoid of tikiness, so we're having to decorate a neutral space outselves. We were going to try to have our rehearsal dinner on the Kon Tiki party boat (http://www.kontikithefunboat.com/), but it only holds 35 people.

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas for local tiki resources, please me know. I just ordered twelve blowfish lamps from Thailand to hang above each table at the reception. I'm thinking of ordering a couple of tikis from tikis4u.com.



Congratulations on your engagement. As far as Austin tiki resources goes, what can I say? There really aren't any. If you're looking to buy wood tikis, Great Outdoors on South Congress has a few. But they are expensive and generally of the more cartoonish palm-tree variety.

Regarding the rehearsal dinner, have you considered renting out the Hula Hut? It's probably the most tiki-ish place in town. Or you could rent out Headhunters on Red River, which still has a fairly sound tiki feel. But you will have to train their bartenders on how to properly make tiki drinks, and I would suggest providing your own music.

If you're looking to decorate the place yourself, I've seen a bunch of deals on cheap, mass-produced wooden tiki masks on eBay lately. Something like $30 for 5-6 masks. They aren't the best-looking tikis in the world, but they're better than the plastic ones from the party stores and, given the right mood lighting, might not look half bad. Just search "carved tiki" on eBay and browse the selections.

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JanetMermaid
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Joined: Dec 31, 2007
Posts: 126
From: Lockhart, TX
Posted: 2008-05-06 3:46 pm   Permalink

I didn't realize there were so many tikiphiles in Austin. How about we organize a gathering at Hula Hut, as close to "authentic tiki" as we're going to get.

June is lovely around here...


 
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Limbo Lizard
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Joined: Aug 24, 2006
Posts: 701
From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2008-05-10 08:41 am   Permalink

Hey, Tiki in TX,
I was looking for Hawaiian dancers for an event back in February, and one of the places I talked to was Tropical Productions, in Austin. They do theme parties and catering, have a hula school, and a store. You might want to check them out, since they're local to Austin. I talked to Keito, who is in charge of it all, I gather.
Their websites are a bit chaotic to navigate:
http://www.tropicalproductions.net/
and
http://www.tropicalevents.com/

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