Entries from August 2005

August 27, 2005

PAD Inspired Swag/Float Lamps

Filed under: Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:36 pm

Badmojo from Tiki Central has made the faux-float lamps as seen in Matt Maranian’s book PAD. He’s posted step-by-step explanations and photos for how he recreated the look, with a few variations.

Tiki-Tim’s Exotica Lounge

Filed under: Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:40 pm

Tiki-Tim makes music from his extensive Exotica, Hawaiiana, and other midcentury tropical music collection available for download at his blog, Tiki-Tim’s Exotica Lounge. Current selections include Hal Aloma’s Lure of the Islands and Nani Wolfgramm’s Polynesian Love Song… coming August 29th is Chaino’s Jungle Echoes.

Kirby’s Island

Filed under: Art,People,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 8:45 pm

Tiki artist Kirby has updated his website with an online tiki adventure — if you manage to make your way through the jungle alive, you can get a real-world reward.

My Mug Collection

Filed under: Music,Ooga-Mooga,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:09 pm

Two items:

First off, a dear friend of mine, pablus, has written a lovely little ditty in tribute to tiki mugs and tiki drinks (keep your ears perked for the Tiki Bob anti-tribute). My Mug Collection is an infectious tune, it’s on heavy rotation in the Humuhumu household.

Secondly, I’d like to take a moment to show off my own mug collection, which naturally is on display at Ooga-Mooga.

Come see the rest of my collection on Ooga-Mooga

I’ve currently got 33 mugs in my personal collection on Ooga-Mooga (I’ve got a couple more here & there around the house that I have to add still), 28 of them are unique (I’ve got some duplicates, mostly coconut mugs). The most common mug in my collection, by Ooga-Mooga terms, is the Disneyland Pele Mug, which is in 16 other Ooga-Mooga collections. The total capacity of my collection is at least 2.3 gallons, the largest being my Trader Dick’s Hula Bowl (26 fl. oz.), and the smallest being a Dinky Tiki Shot (2 fl. oz.). The best bargain in my collection, according to Ooga-Mooga? My Trader Vic’s Coconut Mug, which I got for .50, 9% of the going rate of $5.50.

Hmmm… it’s 5 o’clock, maybe it’s time to fix myself a Fog Cutter, which at 7.5 fl. oz. Ooga-Mooga tells me will fit perfectly in my new mug from the Lucky Tiki!

Tiki Farm’s Great Tiki Treasure Hunt

Filed under: Events,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:09 pm

Tiki Farm has created an ongoing contest, The Great Tiki Treasure Hunt. The first contest was completed yesterday, and involved a scavenger hunt that started with clues found on the back of the latest issue of Tiki Magazine, which led to various virtual and real-life hint hunts, including some destinations in Southern California. Some of the 20 winners were from outside the Southern California area, and had partnered with those who were able to complete the search locally. Winners have claimed unspecified “booty” from the Great Tiki Treasure Hunt’s mysterious protagonist, Dagmar.

There is a bit of mystery surrounding the Great Tiki Treasure Hunt, which is fitting for such a piratey endeavor, and those who have found the booty have proclaimed it to be very fun.

This is reportedly just one in a series of Great Tiki Treasure Hunts coming from Tiki Farm, and future contests will likely use a variety of formats to allow people from all over to compete for the prizes (some of which are rumored to be very grand, indeed).

New Ooga-Mooga Feature: Wish Lists

Filed under: News,Ooga-Mooga,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:42 pm

I’ve just finished a new feature for my tiki mug collecting website, Ooga-Mooga. Collectors have been able to privately track the mugs they wanted by using Favorites, Wish List is a separate Favorites list that is public, to let people know what you’re looking for. You can now see what mugs a collector is looking for (useful when they’ve offered up a mug for trade), and you can also see which collectors may be interested in a mug in your collection. Also fun: you can see which mugs are most wished-for in the Statistics pages.

Also — anyone who signs up for Ooga-Mooga before August 31, 2005 will not be subject to rate increases for two years!

Daniel Balsz, Creator of The Tikis, Has Died

Filed under: Los Angeles,News,People,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:01 am

Daniel Balsz, who was responsible for creating the fabled “The Tikis” in Monterey Park and Lake Elsinore, passed away on August 5, 2005 at age 79. Balsz had been living in Las Vegas, and died in his home. At its zenith, The Tikis was an unrivalled spectacle of nighttime entertainment, with active volcanoes and a massive dance troupe entertaining hundreds nightly. Balsz lost his first Tikis location due to a divorce brought on by a dalliance with one of his hula maidens, and a second location never really quite materialized, being used in recent years as a paint ball course.

August 26, 2005

The Gutting of the Kahiki

Filed under: History,Midwest U.S.,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:19 pm

In October of 2000, the famous Kahiki Supper Club, a building on the National Historic Register, was dismantled to make way for a Walgreen’s pharmacy. At the time, it was said that pieces of the Kahiki would be saved for a reopening of the restaurant in a new location. Some of these pieces are currently on display at the Kahiki frozen foods processing plant.

It is unclear how the recent death of the Kahiki’s last owner, Michael Tsao, might impact the idea of an eventual Kahiki reopening, but as the years have gone by, hope for the idea has frustratingly faded. Over the years, there has been increasing grousing about Tsao’s apparent duplicity in asserting the restaurant would be reopened. While it is certainly a disappointment, it was Tsao’s restaurant to do with what he pleased, and unless these folks were there supporting the venture with your dollars, dining there on a regular basis, the complaint is somewhat legless. Take this as a lesson: support your local Polynesian Pop!

TheMuggler has recently posted his picture gallery of the dismantling of the Kahiki on Tiki Central.

Which City is the Most Tiki?

Filed under: History,Los Angeles,My Travels,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:33 pm

An interesting discussion is taking place on Tiki Central. Christiki295 posed the question, “which city is the most tiki?”, prompting various folks to weigh in on the strengths of various Polynesian Pop hotspots, past & present. Generally, Los Angeles seems to be getting the most attention.

My own assessment…

Aloha Tiki Aquarium

Filed under: Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:01 pm

Aloha Tiki Aquarium

Johnnie Velour found this swell (though spendy) tiki aquarium. It’s $739.99 worth of watery fish prison, available in “native” (gray) or “palm” (brown). It’s actually pretty nice.

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About Humuhumu
Humuhumu is the creator of several tiki websites. She is a designer and programmer based out of San Francisco.

- Website Design and Programming

- A Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

- Tiki Mugs & More: Track & View Collections




Arkiva Tropika
Mimi Payne’s massive Polynesian Pop collection

Barefoot Bloggin’
A surfin’, ukein’, freewheelin’ monkey boy

Beachbum Berry
Author of Grog Log and Intoxica!, and one of my dearest drinkin’ buddies

Blog from the user interface designer extraordinaire

Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

Dumb Angel
A look at the 1960s Los Angeles mod, pop, surf, and music scene

Eye of the Goof
Pop culture with a tiki tinge

Forbidden Island
My Wednesday hangout, the Bay Area’s best tiki bar

Humuhumu’s Life in Photos
Pictures of my adventures

I build websites

Junkyard Clubhouse
Random interesting things from Humuhumu & Hanford Lemoore

Kevin Kidney
Kevin loves tiki, I love Kevin, you will too

Tiki links galore

Mai Tai Online
Montreal-based tiki ‘zine

Tiki Mug Collection Organizer

The Jab
Follow the way of the jab

Tiki Bar TV
Public Access meets Modern Drunkard

Tiki Central
Community forums

Tiki Magazine
Periodical publication covering the wide world of Tiki

Tiki Talk
Hot Lava’s Tiki Blog