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September 19, 2006

My Travels: Hooptylau 2006

Filed under: Central California,Events,My Travels,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:44 pm
The Pollardville Chicken Jail
Bill & Michael in the Pollardville Chicken Jail
The gang at On Lock Sam's
The gang at On Lock Sam’s

Yee haw! This past weekend I was at Hooptylau, in California’s Central Valley. I saw the very best tiki there is to see in Stockton, Ripon, Modesto & Turlock. And there is some mighty fine tiki to be seen, indeed.

The first stop was On Lock Sam’s in Stockton, which has been in business since 1898(!), but the building it’s in dates from 1964. It’s undergone a very unfortunate remodel, but bits of charm remain — especially bartender Ray, who goes way back in the local Chinese & Polynesian restaurant scene. On Lock Sam’s is Chinese and not Polynesian, but it is neat.

Pollardville sign
Pollardville sign

The next stop was Pollardville, a roadside attraction that dates from the ’40s, on Highway 99 on the north side of Stockton. Pollardville started as a chicken stand, and grew into a full-on western sort-of ghost town (zombie town?) when they started moving buildings from other areas onto the property, including the Jamestown Jail, and the entire set from the 1958 western film “The Big Country.” In the mid-80s, the restaurant on the property burned down, and in 1987, they found a new building to replace it, which was our real reason for this stop on the tour… Stockton’s The Islander restaurant was moved from its spot in the heart of Stockton, to its final resting place in Pollardville, where it became the Pollardville Chicken Kitchen. The roofline screams “mid-century A-frame Polynesian restaurant!” while the interior screams “in 1987 we let the waitress with the most seniority decorate the place, and we haven’t changed it since!”

Former Stockton Islander building at Pollardville
Former Stockton Islander building at Pollardville


September 15, 2006

Colorado Springs: A Night at the Castaways

Filed under: Denver,Events,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:20 pm
Flyer for a Night at the Castaways
Flyer for a Night at the Castaways

The Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter presents a fun evening: a Night at the Castaways. The Castaways restaurant opened in 1971, and it still has its original tiki decor intact. This little-known restaurant is in Manitou Springs, at the foot of Pikes Peak, just outside of Colorado Springs. The gang is getting together there at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. A whole bunch of people will be gathering first in Denver, and forming a caravan to make the 60-minute drive; they are meeting at 4:30 in the parking lot of the Red Robin restaurant at the Park Meadows Mall, and will have maps to hand out. If you’d like to RSVP, or you’d like to start receiving the Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter, contact Zulu Magoo at RockyMountainTiki@yahoo.com.

September 11, 2006

Shag at Tiki Art Now in Seattle This Weekend

Filed under: Art,Events,Seattle,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 8:59 pm
Headlights, by Crazy Al Evans
Headlights, by Crazy Al Evans

The latest updates on this weekend’s Tiki Art Now show at Roq la Rue in Seattle’s Belltown district:

Shag Will Be There
Not only will there be art by Shag in the show, Shag will be there in person. Other artists who will be in attendance include Lisa Petrucci, Heather Watts, Dawn Fraiser, and Davey.

Busotica: A Seattle Tiki Junket
Some of the Tiki Central folks have organized a lunch at The Islander downtown, followed by a trip to four very excellent Seattle home tiki bars for Saturday, the day after the art opening. $15 gets you a seat on the bus, you can read more details in the thread on Tiki Central. Should be a great day!

View the Art
For us poor schmucks who can’t make it (or for those who can and can’t wait to see what’s in store), Roq la Rue has an online preview of the art.

You can also read my earlier Humu Kon Tiki post for more of the nitty-gritties. I won’t be able to be at the show myself, which has me a bit bummed (I’ll be drowning my sorrows at Hooptylau, so don’t feel too sorry for me). It will be a great weekend in Seattle, with some fab art and some of my favorite people — the Jet City Mucky Mucks.

September 2, 2006

Hukilau Mugs On Sale Soon

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 8:07 am
Hukilau 2006 Souvenir Mug
Hukilau 2006 Souvenir Mug

The souvenir mug for this year’s Hukilau is being created by Munktiki, and is a decanter-like replica of this tiki, found in the Mai-Kai’s front gardens. The number of mugs available has been increased to 300, from the initial plan of 150. The mugs are only available to those who have purchased passes for the event, and are being pre-sold (because who wants to spend hours of their precious Hukilau time standing in line?). You need your confirmation number from your ticket order in order to purchase your mug. No word yet on the price of the mug, or exactly when they’ll go on sale — but the word is SOON. Keep an eye on the Hukilau website for details.

Tiki Oasis 2007 Announced

Filed under: Events,Music,San Diego,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 7:54 am

Otto and Baby Doe von Stroheim have made a save-the-date announcement for 2007′s Tiki Oasis event, “Hawaii Au Go Go,” with the Blue Hawaiians as headliners. Like last year, it will be taking place at the Red Lion Hanalei in San Diego. However, the von Stroheims have a few changes in store:

Moving to August
In years past, Tiki Oasis has been held in May, which was lovely in Palm Springs, but a bit chilly for San Diego. The 7th Tiki Oasis will be held the weekend of August 16-19, 2007. The von Stroheims have orchestrated this with Tiki Kiliki, whose Hukilau event in Ft. Lauderdale has been happening in October; she has wanted to move it to the hurricane-free spring, so the next Hukilau event will happen in spring of 2007.

Room Parties Are A-Okay
After-hours room parties have been a huge part of the fun of Tiki Oasis. Some spontaneous, some intricately planned, the room parties are explosions of masterful mixology and musical mayhem, sometimes lasting until dawn. Sadly, the room parties at last year’s Oasis were largely a bust, as the hotel shut many of them down relatively early in the evening. This year, things should be different — because the von Stroheims were able to get an advance booking, and now have an established relationship with the Hanalei, the entire hotel will be booked out solely for Tiki Oasis. This is an improvement, even over the Palm Springs years — the Hanalei is a large hotel, and the neighboring properties aren’t near enough for the noise to travel that far.

Better Handle on Mug Sales
Last year’s sales of the Tiki Oasis mug left a lot of people feeling left out — not everyone was able to get a mug, despite spending a long time in line, while some of those at the front of the line were able to load up on them (there was a limit of two per person, but a family of four could purchase eight mugs). This year, mugs will be sold as a pre-purchase only to ticket holders, and they will manufacture enough mugs to meet demand. There will still be a small number of mugs available for purchase at the event.

August 28, 2006

Alameda: Forbidden Island Parking Lot Bonanza

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:26 pm
Sidewinder's Fang - photo by Craig Lee for San Francisco Chronicle
Sidewinder’s Fang, photo by Craig Lee
for San Francisco Chronicle

On Sunday, September 24 from 3-7 p.m., Forbidden Island will be holding a sale of tiki flotsam & jetsam in their parking lot, and they’re also opening their lot to other vendors who would like to sell their wares to a collection of ideally tiki-crazed and booze-hazed patrons. The impetus for the sale is an overflow of great tiki items collected during the planning and build-out of Forbidden Island that didn’t find a final home there — including lots of bamboo. Forbidden Island co-owner Martin Cate is also adding in lots of items from his overflow of stuff at his home bar (the Novato Grotto, a.k.a. the Forbidden Island Test Lab). Vendors there will be selling tiki items, Hawaiiana, vintage clothing, vinyl, and other sundry items. Martin promises “Drink Specials!” and “Surprises!” but also, “Rodeo Clowns!,” which may be more appropriately classified as a threat. Sunday the 24th is the day before my birthday, and seein’ as how Forbidden Island will be closed on Monday, I’m unlikely to say no to any birthday drinks that come my way. Forbidden Island is located at 1304 Lincoln Ave (at Sherman) on the lovely isle of Alameda.

Speaking of Forbidden Island, they’ve had two fantastic write-ups lately. The first is actually a write-up of our Tiki Crawl that happened last month, on the Kaiser Penguin blog. It’s a great article, and Forbidden Island appropriately gets heavy mention, including the recipe of their very-tasty China Clipper (one of the great drinks to come out of Martin’s lab). The other is an article in the San Francisco Chronicle looking at summer drinks around the Bay Area; again, Forbidden Island gets the meat of the article, and several more recipes are included there. Congrats to Forbidden Island!

Oh! Also! The Jab, DJ extraordinaire, and dapperest chap that ever dapped, has a special night at Forbidden Island, the third Tuesday of every month. And, every Wednesday, there’s a whole mess o’ tikiphiles there, including Hanford & me.

Modesto: Hooptylau 2006

Filed under: Central California,Events,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:42 pm
Schmama Lama & me at Hooptylau 2004
Schmama Lama & me at Hooptylau 2004

It’s time once again for one of my very favorite tiki events, Hooptylau in California’s Central Valley. This event celebrates both the Central Valley’s rich tiki history, and its inherent trashiness. Attendees are invited to bust out their most questionable aloha wear, with the most outlandish winning prizes (this year’s challenge is to combine western wear with aloha wear). At last year’s event, we returned to our two rented vans after our visit to Minnie’s to find that we’d interrupted someone in the middle of siphoning gas out of them. Hoopty! This year, my mom, the Schmama Lama, will be joining us — she went to Hooptylau in 2004, and she’s been singing the Hooptylau theme song ever since.

It’s taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17. Here’s this year’s schedule:

Martiki at Hooptylau 2004
Martiki at Hooptylau 2004
  1. On Lock Sam’s in Sacramento — not Polynesian, but an intruiguing old-school Chinese joint in downtown Stockton with “Mafioso curtain booths” — and they serve tropical drinks.
  2. Pollardville Chicken Kitchen — again, not Polynesian, but this building was once the great Islander in Stockton. In the mid-’80s, it was moved and turned into a fried chicken joint. It’s being demolished in the coming year, and we’ll visit it to pay our respects and load up on alcohol-absorbing greasy chicken.
  3. The Dark Marq Room — this is the home bar of Hooptylau hosts, the drunken hat and tikicleen. Enjoy their massive collection, heavy with Islander memorabilia, and some excellent mixology.
  4. Tropics Motel & Tiki Lounge — the Tropics was once one of the Ken Kimes chain (which included what is now the Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs), and has some massive Ed Crissman rootball tikis. The motel has weekly rates, and there is usually some laundry out to dry on the chain link fence that separates it from its former bar, the Tiki Lounge. The Tiki Lounge is still operational, but smartly wants nothing to do with its former partner — today, it’s a semi-restored gay bar, with central fireplace and bamboo booths.
  5. Minnie’s — the queen bee of Central Valley tiki, Minnie’s would be a gem in any city. The Chinese food is surprisingly good, and the restaurant is full of not just tikis, but many oil and black velvet paintings by Burke Tyree. The drinks don’t match the quality of the food, but one drink — the Jerk — is a must-have for the uninitiated. It’s borderline hazing, but you’ve just gotta suck it up.

The next day, the gang is invited to a day of restoration at Jungle Trader’s Outpost, a lush backyard paradise (Jungle Trader is a landscaper) complete with a brand-new swimming pool.

As I hinted at above, the theme this year is Western-meets-Tiki, so get to brainstorming about how to work some dusty boots into your most garish aloha outfit. For full details, including how to get tickets, and where to stay, check out the thread on Tiki Central.

August 5, 2006

Columbus: Hot Rod Hula Hop 2

Filed under: Events,Midwest U.S.,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 8:08 pm
Hot Rod Hula Hop 2
Hot Rod Hula Hop 2

The Fraternal Order of Moai and Drifters Car Club of Columbus are throwing the second Hot Rod Hula Hop. It’s a two-day affair, starting Friday, August 18 with a “Feast of the Tiki Gods” at Tropical Bistro, with former Kahiki mixologist Jim tending the cash-only bar. A buffet-style luau dinner will be served, and the full menu will be available as well. Hawaiian guitarist Francis Llacuna will be performing, and “Sam” the Kahiki bar parrot will be on hand, as well. Tickets are $12 ($11 plus a $1 handling fee), and you’re encouraged to get yours quickly, as seating will be limited.

Saturday’s main event is happening at Largo’s Tavern, with five bands, three DJs, tiki carvings all around, vendors, cocktails, food and kustom rods galore. The lineup includes The Madeira, Fisherman (a huge favorite of mine), the CryptoKats, Knuckel Drager and the Crimson Cats. A custom event mug will be for sale at the event, which goes from noon until 2 a.m.

To learn more and get tickets, check out the Hot Rod Hula Hop website.

August 4, 2006

San Francisco: Poly Pop Exhibit Tour at SFO

Filed under: Events,History,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:48 pm
Tiki exhibit at San Francisco Airport
Tiki exhibit at San Francisco Airport

San Francisco International Airport is currently showing a truly fantastic exhibit about Polynesian Pop, titled “Reflections of Paradise: Tiki Culture on the Mainland”:

Several periods of Pacific Island influence on mainland American pop-culture are documented through record albums, sheet music, restaurant menus, bar decor, and of course, Tiki mugs. From the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco that introduced many visitors to Hawaiian music and art, to the regular revival of tropical-themed bars and restaurants, this exhibition charts the ebbs and flows of a cultural influence that continues to offer fantasy and escapism to mainlanders everywhere. The show focuses on the Bay Area with an emphasis on Northern California King of Tiki Trader Vic including over thirty artifacts from the Trader Vic’s Restaurant collection.

The display is full of some beautiful pieces and images, much of them very rare. It’s a good sized display and very striking, downright gorgeous. I wish that it was a travelling exhibit — it so effectively communicates why Polynesian Pop is such an interesting and rich area of American history. Even if you’ve seen the pieces in photographs before, there’s nothing like seeing them in person.

Tomorrow at noon, there will be a free tour of the exhibit followed by a Q & A session with the exhibit’s curator, Jeff Stevens, and Otto von Stroheim. The exhibit is located in the main lobby area of the International Terminal, and is well before the security checkpoint (i.e., easily accessible to the non-ticket-holding public). Short term parking is easy and not too terribly expensive. The exhibit runs through September 2006.

August 2, 2006

Seattle: Tiki Art Now III

Filed under: Art,Events,Seattle,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:20 pm
It's All About the Tiki, by Thorsten Kasenkamm
It’s All About the Tiki, by Thorsten Kasenkamm

More details about the Tiki Art Now III event in Seattle I first posted about in April:

The show is at Seattle’s Roq la Rue Gallery, in the Belltown district (also home to ‘Ohana and the Lava Lounge), and runs from Friday, September 15 thorugh Monday, October 9. Artists include:

  • Shag
  • Lisa Petrucci
  • Bosko
  • Tim Biskup
  • Mr. G
  • Brian Barneclo
  • Wayne Coombs
  • Davey (Dave Wong)
  • Crazy Al Evans
  • Dawn Frasier
  • Thorsten Hasenkamm
  • Munktiki Paul & Stuckie
  • Tiki Tony
  • Heather Watts
  • Derek Yaniger

The opening event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 15, and the evening will include a live performance from Seattle’s own Lushy, DJed music from Selector Lopaka, and a special mini-exhibit of vintage black velvet paintings by Burke Tyree. There will also be a limited edition mug created for the event by Munktiki, and Tiki Art Now posters and t-shirts, and a full-color catalog of the event with a forword from Tiki Art Now curator, Otto von Stroheim.

I’m hoping to make it up for this event — it looks like just the excuse I need to go hit my old stompin’ grounds.

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