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Tonga Hut's Festival of Lights Parade float in Palm Springs: We Won Best Big Rig!!!
Tiki-ESP
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From: Orange-O-Rama
Posted: 2013-12-04 08:38 am   Permalink

Looking forward to this! I've heard one of the tikis from the OG Tonga Hut is making an appearance

 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2013-12-06 9:36 pm   Permalink

Today is the big day!

Check out this link for more parade info:
http://psfestivaloflights.com/

And if you want to catch the parade from the exotic luxury of Tong Hut Palm Springs, visit http://www.tongahut.com for info and tickets.


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tobunga
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Posted: 2013-12-08 11:03 pm   Permalink

Hey Everybody!

Here are some photos of the float, in progress, during the parade, and some behind the scenes shots...

The first few are from the staging area, where we were assembling the final touches on the float.



Tikiyaki arrived for their sound check.


Night was fast approaching, and the lights went on...




Here's the volcano!


Here's the sign:


And a wide shot of the whole float:


Some close ups and behind the scenes:

Side lights:


Masks in a line:


Close up of the lights!


Inside the mouth of the volcano (one of my favorite shots... looks like a nebula in outer space!:


Mahalos!
Eric
















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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-12-08 11:15 pm   Permalink

Great job to everyone & congrats on winning best float!

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-12-09 05:20 am   Permalink

Great job!
Love the Moai.


 
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Posted: 2013-12-09 10:59 am   Permalink

AMAZING !! AMAZING! AMAZING!! GREAT FLOAT,GREAT TIME...Eric you are the best!.... TikiMouse and I had a blast watching the parade,and that grand float from the patio of THPS .... the place looked beautiful! Danny and crew did an outstanding job! It was worth the two hour drive (in the rain)to party w/everyone...Mahalos to the Murphys and Amy for making the night really special. Special Mahalo to Marie for coming up w/some tastey 'mock-tails'....looking forward to the 'real' menu soon...perhaps New Year's Eve? .......'there's always rum just around the corner'
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A Frame
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From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2013-12-09 12:05 pm   Permalink

CONGRATS TO THE TONGA HUT! And to all involved in the award winning effort!!!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-12-09 1:25 pm   Permalink

If only Amy could make room in the Hut to keep it forever. Eric you are so talented. We are looking forward to the day we can make it to Palm Springs and to also see the MadDogMike display. So much creativity in the Tiki Ohana. I just can't stop smiling. Thank you, Wendy

PS we missed you at Tiki Marketplace
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-12-09 3:20 pm   Permalink

Beautiful! Eric, I still didn't figure out what the Moai is made of?

And congratulations to everyone who designed and executed

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tobunga
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Posted: 2013-12-09 7:06 pm   Permalink

Hey Mike!

The moai is made of white foam board, held together with pins and glue! That may sound a bit insubstantial, but it was surprisingly sturdy.

It's pretty much the largest thing I've ever constructed from foam board. Fortunately it was light enough that one person could carry it.

It was lit from inside by a clamp light with a green bulb.... the seams were the most translucent, so the edges glowed and made the whole thing look like an ice sculpture!
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Murph
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Posted: 2013-12-10 11:04 am   Permalink

Can't thank all the volunteers enough for the awesome job they did on their award winning float!















 
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Jolly Roger
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Posted: 2013-12-15 10:38 am   Permalink

It was an enchanted evening (even without the booze!): The float was truly a work of art, Tikiyaki 5-0 was as great as ever, and the venue captures the magic of mid-century tiki. I'm looking forward to the grand opening . . . and many future nights at both locations!

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2013-12-15 12:02 pm   Permalink

Wow...fabulous...Tiki peeps always do such a great job. FUN!!!! Love the Moai.

 
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