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Joined: Nov 18, 2015
From: Las Vegas
|Posted: 2015-12-17 07:01 am  Permalink|
(Sorry Realized I did not do this sooner)
I live in Vegas with frequent trips to Washington DC. I was introduced to Tiki a few months ago, and now have re-decorated my bedroom accordingly (Much more to do)
Thank you all for such inspiration and knowledge. I keep learning everyday!
Joined: Apr 03, 2015
From: Portland Oregon
|Posted: 2015-12-27 5:55 pm  Permalink|
Newby here been lurking around awhile so I figure best go with the Introduction.
As a Teen I got hooked on all things Tropical & while in the Military for 20 years (6 Air Force & 14 Coast Guard).
I tried my hardest to get station somewhere Overseas on an Island but the closest I got was while stationed in Alaska they sent us to Hawaii (Sand Point Oahu) for 6 months one year & 4 months a couple of years later.
A couple of my Cousins live in Kauai so I went over for a visit...about due for another fix.
I also have a Cousin in the Philippines...I just might have to renew my passport!
Joined: Nov 12, 2002
From: Huntikington Beach
|Posted: 2015-12-30 08:47 am  Permalink|
Aloha New Tiki Freaks!
Enjoy this place.
There's a TON of info here!
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Hale Tiki, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Tiki Iniki, Longitu
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Nov 10, 2012
|Posted: 2016-01-11 10:28 pm  Permalink|
Hi all -
I should have done this three years ago when I joined (and I should have joined long before that), but since I paid the dues I felt like it was time to post a few items and introduce myself. Im not selling anything, and I dont really care what anything is "worth" (Im an enthusiast of capitalism but Tiki is about escapism and this is a hobby). I adopted the name when I signed up because I also collect pinball machines and had recently scored an Aloha pinball machine by Gottleieb (circa 1963). I am from Florida, where "Tiki" is often misused to refer to anything outdoor bar, thatched roof or not. But there is still a lot of "real" and local Tiki culture in the sunshine state! But my real interest in Tiki came about when I lived in New Mexico. If somebody asks I might relate how Los Alamos came to have Aloha Shirt Fridays and a Tapa room.
Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2016-01-12 8:17 pm  Permalink|
cool- where do you live in Florida?
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Nov 10, 2012
|Posted: 2016-01-12 8:34 pm  Permalink|
Sorry, I wasnt totally clear, Im from Gainesville, and still have a little house there, but these days I live in Maryland.
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Apr 02, 2002
From: SF bay area, CA
|Posted: 2016-01-13 1:33 pm  Permalink|
On 2016-01-11 22:28, Aloha pinball wrote:
If somebody asks I might relate how Los Alamos came to have Aloha Shirt Fridays and a Tapa room.
Los Alamos Nat'l Labs? I'm interested - is there a story to that?
Joined: Jan 13, 2016
|Posted: 2016-01-17 5:42 pm  Permalink|
I've been a lurker for a while, but only recently signed up. Been interested in all things Tiki for a while. Hanging out at buddy's Tiki party would certainly do it. I finally decided to try my hands at creating some stuff of my own, mainly tiki mugs. This forum has been a super informative place for me.
Aloha to all of you!
Joined: Feb 05, 2016
|Posted: 2016-02-16 6:02 pm  Permalink|
Just got back from North Shore Oahu the other week and was bit by the Tiki bug. I've always had a love for Tiki thanks in part to Disney's parks but now I'm obsessed with Polynesian culture in general. So what does one do when they're excited after emptying out a suitcase of Tiki mugs and souvenirs? Builds a Tiki bar of course! Haha!
Anyway, hope to chat a fair bit here and thanks in advance for all the help I'll be getting (and already have had).
Joined: Mar 12, 2016
|Posted: 2016-03-20 3:59 pm  Permalink|
Aloha to all-i'm Tiki Roa
I have Tiki related interests in pre-Gidget era longboard surfing; retro music-surf, exotica, rockabilly, reggae/ska/dub ; fashion-straw hats, aloha shirts, baggies vintage and modern; rum drinks-mai tais, fog cutters, zombies; Coastal inspired architecture-surf shacks, rum shacks, little grass shacks, etc.
Historic related interests include origins and settlement of Polynesia and the 'Americas,' origins of monolithic structures, ancient civilizations etc.
Tiki Central seems really cool and i hope to provide constructive discussion-Cheers!
Joined: Jun 06, 2016
From: Akron, OH
|Posted: 14 days ago; 09:05 am  Permalink|
Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself; I am a long-time Tiki-lover from Akron, Ohio. My original interest sprung from a desire to create some type of “theme” for our backyard pool area; I had always liked Tiki Style, but a trip to Hawaii in 2005 and a copy of “The Book of Tiki” really sealed the deal.
Over the years, I have built a tiki bar on our deck, collected tikis, mugs and other Polynesian/surf/beach items and worked to create a tropical paradise here in our backyard with whatever tropical-looking plants I can plant or preserve over the winters here in the Midwest. Like a lot of you, I find it fun to transform whatever found objects or thrift store treasures I can to help create this little fantasy. It’s still fun to invite guests to the backyard to see my “Big Woody” – the name of our big tiki who overlooks one end of the pool.
As for rules, I only have a few. While most of our space is tiki/surf related, I do leave a little bit of leeway—especially regarding my wife’s tropical tastes; as a result, you may find a pink flamingo here or there or some compatible beach or nautical motif…as long as it doesn’t detract from the overall look. We want it all to be fun – and comfortable.
I hope to add something useful to the conversation here, and offer some ideas on projects I’ve completed or on which I’m currently working. Summertime is here, and I’ve been running a little behind getting the outdoor spaces ready for the season—mostly due to a trip to Germany in early May. Even that paid off; we got to visit the Trader Vic’s in Munich!
Joined: May 13, 2016
|Posted: 14 days ago; 7:15 pm  Permalink|
Not sure how I couldn't see this thread before...
Hello, all! (belated)
I only recently discovered this forum, and tiki as a subculture, but I've been in love with a lot of its aspects for a long time. Midcentury design, mixology, and most of all the music. I've taken a lot of flack from friends and family a like over my listening tastes, from Monster Kid-era tracks at Halloween, to Bossa Nova, Lounge, 50's vocal jazz, and most recently Exotica. A lot of this comes from my passion for record collecting - you never quite know what you will hear when you first audition a freshly-dug disc! I've always made it a point to grab World Music and Hawaiian records, but since I've started looking at things through the lens of Exotica, there are a surprisingly large number of albums in the genre floating around this corner of Northeast PA; there was obviously a desire for escapism here back in the day.
Sadly, there seems to be little love for even the word "tiki" around these parts. Thanks to the local seedy strip club being branded as a "tiki lounge" it takes on a different connotation in the public mind. If I can but cultivate a mild appreciation for Polynesian Pop among my friends, I would not consider it a wasted effort.
"Bam Bam" is a nickname my Father gave me as an infant, since I had a propensity to slam my fists against the tray of my high chair, sending the dishes - and food - flying.