||Official Introductions / Introduction thread! New members introduce yourself here
Joined: Oct 26, 2012
|Posted: 2012-10-26 4:46 pm  Permalink|
Now that I'm registered...Well this is the 2nd time actually. The 1st one never went through.
I'm David (or Double,depending on the group I'm with...)and I moved from San Jose to LA back in August.
Anyway,some of you already know me from the SF Bay Area and if you're in the SoCal area,say Hi at an upcoming event!
Joined: Apr 24, 2008
From: Kona, Hawaii & Palm Springs, California
|Posted: 2012-10-27 3:12 pm  Permalink|
As you can see on the side here <---- I've been on this site since 2008, just have never properly introduced myself. I'm Thomas, the moniker Alii Tiki came about when I was registering on this site - I lived on Alii Drive & it rhymed with Tiki.
My TIKI roots are much like many of the others here who lived in Southern California, surrounded and exposed to Poly-Pop & Mid Century Modern but unaware of the effects of that exposure until later in life.
In the mid 70's as a young boy I lived across the street from what is now the Mission Tiki Drive-In, we would take cardboard to sit on, into (what used to be) a vacant lot across Ramona St. and watch the movies for free, trying to cypher the sounds of which movie we could see out of the din of the 4 playing plus road traffic and the trains going by.
At that time there was still some orange groves along the other side of us along State St. and as you can imagine (or perhaps have done yourselves) we would have our fill of the fruit, and many fruit flinging wars between the neighborhood kids.
My mother moved us out to Palm Springs in the mid 80's and the Tiki inundation continued, as a teenager Caliente Tropics was just another hotel that we would pool/party hop during spring break (which at that time was a huge party) in our quest for lust filled young girls. One building in particular did strike a chord with me though, along Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage, the Ken Kellogg designed Chart House. Such a unique and amazing building that even as a dis-affected youth, I was in awe of the creative lines of the building as they melded into the hillside and the surrounding desert.
*** Ken Kellogg also designed a spectacular home known as the Onion House here in my new hometown of Kona.***
In 1998 I went to work for Chart House in the Rancho Mirage location, they were doing a new concept called Ono Island.
In July of 1999 I transferred with Chart House to Kailua Kona, Hawaii as a kitchen manager. Of course not more than a couple of months after I left the desert started having what became known as Coachella Music & Art Festival and then in 2001 Tiki Oasis began. I suppose I was just ahead of the curve for being hip, or never was hip and just needed to get out of the way.
I am now employed at a store called Bamboo Too here in Kona, a true exotic building materials dreamland.
I have been fortunate to have met Dug Miller here in town and have delighted in his Tiki collection/museum.
Tiki has exploded in my life - the years of saturation have steeped within my psyche, bringing me here to this gathering place with all of you.
The tribe has welcomed me with open arms and wonder filled hearts.
Mahalo for the ALOHA.
[ This Message was edited by: Alii Tiki 2012-10-27 15:45 ]
Joined: Oct 31, 2012
From: Santa Cruz, CA
|Posted: 2012-10-31 10:07 am  Permalink|
I'm a long time user of the site but only now signed up for an account. I've been a fan of tiki before I even knew what tiki was; I collect vinyl and when ever I would come across an exotica album, I would have to pick it up because the covers were just so cool. It was only in 2000 when I walked by Sven's Book of Tiki did I discover how big the movement was and I've been hooked ever since then. Looking forward to building a home bar in the near future. I also just made my first trip to the Tonga Room in SF. That was a dream come true. Okay that's all for now, gotta go pick me up some Zombie head mugs at Trader Sam's!
Joined: Apr 23, 2012
|Posted: 2012-11-01 08:46 am  Permalink|
Hey Everyone! Wanted to give a shout out and say hello!
Semi-new to Los Angeles area (from NYC), met some awesome tiki-philes out this way and checked out some awesome bars. Man, you guys got it going on out this way!
I'm also very much into the music...if anyone can recommend any good bands, hit me up!
Also...just released a "Horror Lounge" CD...gotta free music download for everyone...you can grab it at:
Joined: Oct 01, 2012
From: Cocoa Beach
|Posted: 2012-11-01 1:10 pm  Permalink|
Hey guys, Just signed up to the forum last month. My name's Keith but the Crazy Capizzi nick name came from my younger more extreme years. youtube the name if your curious. Anyway I carved some 17 years ago and hadnt touched a chisel till recently. This forum really inspired me to start carving again so here i am. thanks for all the encouragements so far. ps: if any one has some extra chisels they aren't using and want to send my way I will put them to good use. im working off a 3pc harbor freight chisel set.
Joined: Aug 05, 2011
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2012-11-01 1:30 pm  Permalink|
Welcome, new people!
Joined: May 01, 2012
|Posted: 2012-11-03 08:30 am  Permalink|
Been in the tiki community here in California for along time.. For some odd reason my cadfink TI account disappeared and it cant be recovered So I finally made a new one!!!! I love this site and Everyone that shares there passion knowledge and friendship..
Joined: Nov 03, 2012
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2012-11-03 11:15 am  Permalink|
I've been a member here before but have been inactive on this site for more than ten years so I thought I'd stop in and say hi, and renew my membership. Although I've been quiet on this site, I'm still as much of a tikiphile as ever, and go to Tiki Oasis every year (have since the early days in Palm Springs). Some of you already know me from Flickr site, or LottaLiving (where I was also a regular).
Not much to say about me, other than I live in San Diego and am originally from Honolulu. I'm an avid hobbyist photographer and I try to document whatever I can find of tiki out there.
At the suggestion of a friend, I'll post a few photos here that may be of interest.
Aloha and mahalo nui loa !
Joined: Nov 26, 2005
|Posted: 2012-11-07 03:59 am  Permalink|
Hope you can tell us more about How to dress as" gangnam style"
Do you work for them?
Joined: Nov 11, 2012
From: Kailua Kona
|Posted: 2012-11-11 10:11 am  Permalink|
Just got introduced to Tiki Central thru the best tiki artist I've seen in a while! Thanx Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker.Saw his art at the Wylands Gallery on The Big Island in downtown Kailua-Kona this Halloween and I was immediately hooked! I hail from the Emerald City (Seattle)and I look forward to seeing more great things here at Tiki Central.
Joined: Nov 16, 2012
|Posted: 2012-11-16 10:35 pm  Permalink|
Hello! My name is lokahi and from Honolulu, Hawaii. I'm happy I found this site.
Joined: Nov 22, 2012
From: Cocoa, FL
|Posted: 2012-11-22 06:21 am  Permalink|
Been a backseat lurker for a year or so.. The talent here "OMG" is impressive and humbling
for me as well!! "RocksOutpost" is a future vision for me and a big challenge ahead.My
Name is John and i reside in East coast of Fl, Cocoa.. The local carvers in our area is extensive
and very talented!!!.. between them Talent on here it keeps me challenged/motivated to kick up
my game! Look forward to meeting/brainstorming & sharing with all!!
Free Palm Log to any members that are in my area & want to stop in! Lol
Glad to be here!!
Joined: Apr 06, 2011
From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
|Posted: 2012-11-22 2:28 pm  Permalink|
Any friend of CC is a friend of ours.
We need more Fl. carvers.
Let's see your stuff.
Joined: Nov 22, 2012
|Posted: 2012-11-22 8:29 pm  Permalink|
Aloha from Kauai! My name is Dylan and I run the Havaiki Oceanic & Tribal Art Gallery in the beautiful town of Hanalei on the North Shore. We specialize in Museum Quality Treasures from Polynesia and Oceania
including: Carvings â™¦ Tikis â™¦ Jewelry â™¦ Hawaiian Paddles â™¦ Polynesian Weapons
Check our website, become our friend on Facebook and shop at our new eBay store!
Joined: Nov 29, 2012
|Posted: 2012-11-29 7:04 pm  Permalink|
Greetings from Australia (or as Homer would say Opposite Land!)
I recently got into Tiki through my love of cocktails. Drinkboy’s cocktail web site led me to Beachbum Berry’s and before I knew it I was listening to Les Baxter and buying Tiki merchandise on eBay.
I’ve just put down my first patch of Pimento Dram. The recipe I used called for 150ml of lime juice which could be problematic if it decides to go off and ferment. I’ll let you know how it goes.