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October 31, 2006

Alameda: Halloween at Forbidden Island

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:22 am
Voodoo Priestess at Forbidden Island, photo by Liz Hafalia for SF Chronicle
Voodoo Priestess at Forbidden Island,
photo by Liz Hafalia for SF Chronicle

Tuesday night, Forbidden Island is hosting a Halloween party, complete with costume contest, in Alameda (just east of San Francisco). The Jab will be DJing — he’s sure to bring out some obscure and danceable records. We’ll be there — I put the finishing touches on my costume on Saturday, it’s the first time I’ve put effort into a Halloween costume in years, and it feels good. I guess I’ve had so many opportunities to wear costumes over the past few years that Halloween has felt skippable, but I’m really happy to be throwing myself into it again.

The current drink specials at Forbidden Island are Halloween-themed, with each drink special being the concoction of a different member of the FI staff. This month’s standout has to be Thayer’s Voodoo Priestess — the drink calls for spiced Voodoo Rum, and “voodoo spices” (hint: in a pinch, pumpkin pie spice mix does the trick). In an ingenious touch, the drink is rimmed with red brick powder (or, sugar), to keep out uninvited spirits. Thayer put a lot of effort into creating this drink and it shows — and even the San Francisco Chronicle has noticed. They wrote up the Voodoo Priestess in today’s issue. Congratulations, Thayer!

October 30, 2006

My Travels: Hukilau

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,My Travels,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 8:37 pm
Hanford Lemoore at the Mai-Kai
Hanford Lemoore at the Mai-Kai

This post about our trip to Hukilau has been sitting here, taunting me in its mid-drafted state, for weeks now. Just the details from the first day were already too long to be a reasonable post — a full account of the whole weekend was looking like it would be a bloated whale of a thing. I could have put it up, but who would have read such a gangly monstrosity? I just need to clear the blockage and just get going with the blog posting, fercrissakes. So to get a sense of the fantastic time we had, just check out my photos, and read the threads of Hukilau memories and pictures on Tiki Central. The only thing missing from the pictures is the afterparties — they happened out in the Atlantic ocean, under the stars, a few dozen of us in our underthings and thankfully cameraless (that includes no webcams).

On with the show, already!

October 13, 2006

Hukilau 2007 Dates Announced

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 6:27 pm
Hukilau 2007
Hukilau 2007

Well, with Hukilau 2006 having drifted off into the sunset, I can’t help but think, “when can I do it all again!?” The wait won’t be as long this time, as Hukilau is moving to early Summer — June 14-17, 2007, to be exact. Kiliki has been wanting to move out of Florida’s hurricane season for some time, and Otto wanted to move his annual Tiki Oasis event to later in the summer to take better advantage of San Diego weather, so this schedule switcheroo works great all around. Some of the musical performances for Hukilau 2007 have already been announced: Clouseaux from Houston, Hula Punk all the way from Hamburg, Germany, and High Noon, a rockabilly trio from Austin. DJ Del Villareal will be spinning hulabilly tunes all weekend. For more details, get on the Hukilau mailing list, and stay tuned to the Hukilau website!

September 28, 2006

San Clemente: Tiki Farm’s Mugoomba Grand Opening Party

Filed under: Events,Los Angeles,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:47 pm
Mugoomba, Tiki Farm's new in-warehouse tiki bar
Mugoomba, Tiki Farm’s new in-warehouse tiki bar

Tiki Farm is throwing a party to celebrate the Grand Opening of their new tiki bar, dubbed Mugoomba. Mugoomba was “built to the standards of vintage tiki bars,” thanks to Bamboo Ben. The bar itself is a vintage 1930s rattan beauty, with three functional aquariums. This new tiki bar is inside the Tiki Farm warehouse in San Clemente, about an hour south of Los Angeles.

The party is happening on Sunday, October 15, from 4-9pm, and will feature hula dancers from the Tropical Paradise Dancers halau, and Lil’ Rev on ukulele. There will be Mai Tais (of course!), Hawaiian shave ice, and a full plate-lunch buffet. The first 100 guests will receive a special tiki mug commemorating the event, filled with a Mai Tai (or water, if that’s more to your taste) poured by Tiki Farm owner Holden Westland.

Tiki Farm is at 1305 Calle Avanzando in San Clemente, at the end of a culdesac. Click here to view the full invitation, including directions.

September 27, 2006

Hukilau Seeking Volunteers

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 8:49 am

Visions of Mystery Girls dancing in your head? Me too. With Hukilau fast approaching, the volunteers are gearing up to make this event happen. Most of the volunteer spots have been filled, but there are a few smaller holes in the schedule that need filling. Volunteering at Hukilau is fun, easy, and it’s a great way to meet folks (and possibly get a first-look at all the merchandise in the vending area!). Volunteers will receive some limited edition schwag, and deeply discounted Aloha Passes. If you’d like to participate, send an email to Jason & Staci Smith (your very friendly volunteer coordinators) at volunteer@thehukilau.com.

September 26, 2006

Alameda: Bad Liver Mug Sale

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 6:35 pm
The Bad Liver mug, by Munktiki
The Bad Liver mug, by Munktiki

On Sunday, October 1, at 3pm, a limited edition version of Munktiki’s new Bad Liver mug will go on sale at Forbidden Island. This unusual mug, designed by Stuckie, is shaped like a rotten liver. Some of the Bad Liver mugs will be sold on eBay, but this special batch of Forbidden Island Bad Liver mugs have an elaborate multi-color glaze, and won’t be available anywhere else. (The mug pictured does not have the exclusive Forbidden Island glaze.) Each Bad Liver mug sold at Forbidden Island on October 1 will come with a coupon good for one Bad Liver cocktail, an award-winning drink by Forbidden Island co-owner Martin Cate. Only 25 of these mugs will be available, at $60 each. There will be a strict one-per-person limit, and the sales will be in-person only, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mmmm. Bile.

Las Vegas: Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic

Filed under: Events,Las Vegas,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:38 am
Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic
Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic

The Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic is coming to Las Vegas, January 26-28, 2007. From the website:

Mondo Lounge is the Ultimate Retro Party and Conference. The event is themed around the lifestyle and culture of America from 1957 to 1963 & will bring together fans of Retro Fashion, Tiki, Exotica Music, Car Culture, Bachelor Pad Living, Pin-Ups, Swing Scene, Vintage Las Vegas Rat Pack era.

The event will be taking place at the Aruba Hotel, which lies between the Strip and historic downtown Las Vegas. Since it takes place in wintertime, it’s the perfect time to bust out your snappiest vintage glamour getups.

The event is presented by Lotta Living and Java’s Bachelor Pad. If you’re interested in being a vendor, performer, speaker or sponsor at the Mondo Lounge Atomic Frolic, check out the website for more information, and to contact the organizers.

September 25, 2006

Hukilau: When In Rum, Do as the Rummies Do

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:07 pm
What Friday night might look like
What Friday night might look like

Hukilau is fast approaching, and I’m already mentally packing my bags (much easier, now that the War Against Shampoo has been reduced to a Firm Grudge Against Shampoo). I’m planning on bringing a webcam to some of the late-nite room parties, assuming I can get Internet access. I’ve set up a chat room on Userplane that supports streaming webcams, feel free to dive in and join me! If you have your own webcam that you’re bringing to Hukilau, you can use my Userplane chat room to stream it to the folks back home, too. Here’s how to use it:

- Go to this link: Humu Kon Tiki Webcam

- You’ll need to log in, but you don’t need to create an account if you don’t want to; you can log in as a guest.

- Once you’re logged in, Click “Chat!” to launch the chat window.

- You’ll see a list of users in the room in a list on the left side, under “The Molokai Bar.” If my webcam is currently broadcasting, you’ll see “Humuhumu” in the list; click my name, and you’ll get my webcam video in the lower left corner. There’s a “+” button you can click to enlarge the video window.

You can log in now, if you’d like, but there won’t be anything to see until I start broadcasting. When I find myself ready to start broadcasting, I’ll send up a flare at Tiki Central in this thread (and in Tiki Central’s Shout! chat window, too).

Oh, we’re going… to a Hukilau…

Tiki Scores and Nacho Bars at Forbidden Island

Filed under: Art,Events,My Travels,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:36 pm
Tiki bar by Nacho
Tiki bar by Nacho

Yesterday was Forbidden Island’s parking lot sale, and boy howdy was it crazy — in a good way. I spent the day working the booth of leftovers from the Forbidden Island build-out (all the FI employees were very busy doing what they do best — taking care of scores of guests). The weather couldn’t have been better (unusual, for Alameda), and I hear that there were about a hundred people lined up around the block to get in when the sale opened at 3pm. Everyone seemed to be having a very good day indeed — from the folks who snagged great tikis, art and vintage clothing, to the vendors who across the board seemed to be having a banner day.

Towering over the proceedings was this tiki bar, created by Nacho. Nacho had a similar massive Moai bar that he brought to Viva Las Vegas three years in a row until it was sold. He created this massive Ku bar to bring to Viva Las Vegas this past year, and it got use again yesterday, when Forbidden Island bartender Jim worked behind it making Mai Tais for the crowd. Pictures really don’t do it justice, it’s hard to get a sense of the scale of the thing — it’s about 18 feet tall, eight feet wide, and 10 feet deep. The inside is nicely decked out, too, thanks to Nacho’s friend Kahaka (the fellow who does those great lamps). There’s a thread on Tiki Central detailing the progress of the construction of this beauteous beast.

I was behind the booth all day, so I didn’t have an opportunity to chat much with folks (though I did a lot of waving and smiling). Hanford was free to roam, and he bought a snazzy lamp and an end table that perfectly matches my half-pretzel rattan living room set. I’ve put my pictures up on Humuhumu’s Life in Photos, and there are more from other folks in a thread on Tiki Central. It went so well, I’m betting there will be more sales like this one at Forbidden Island in the future.

September 23, 2006

Everywhere: Waitiki Live Webcast Performance

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Music,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:24 pm
Waitiki, performing at the Mai Kai in 2005
Waitiki, performing at the Mai Kai in 2005

One of my favorite bands, Waitiki, will be broadcasting a live performance straight to your computer this coming Wednesday, September 27, at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific). Waitiki has a lineup of über-talented, classically trained musicians, and they can do Exotica like nobody’s business. They performed a set of Martin Denny songs at the Mai Kai during last year’s Hukilau that was positively transcendent. They will be performing at the offices of Eons.com in Charlestown, MA, and everybody’s invited, thanks to the magic of streaming video. There will also likely be a chat session, hosted by Brother Cleve.

But this will just whet your whistle for the really great news: Waitiki is coming back to the Mai Kai for this year’s Hukilau! Details have not yet been revealed, but the boys report that they just couldn’t stay away after the great time they had last year, so they’re coming down on their own shiny nickel to participate. I can’t wait to get drunk with them again… er, I mean, I can’t wait to hear them again.

For details on the webcast and chat session, keep an eye on Waitiki’s website. Okonkulukú!

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

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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