Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Surf Guitar 101 2019 : A Quick Photo Blog

Surf Guitar 101 I don't know why it took me so long to finally make it to Surf Guitar 101, but I finally did and had a blast. I used to listen to the Surf Guitar 101 podcast while swimming in the pool and I've been meaning to go for years now. It was an epic day of surf music.

Here are some pictures from the show.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What is on your Tiki Bucket List? Here is mine

First, I’ll start off with the Places I’ve already visited.

The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland and Disneyworld
Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel
Tangaroa Terrace Bar Disneyland Hotel
The Polynesian Hotel Disneyworld
Th Hatch in Tustin
The Golden Tiki
Frankie’s Tiki Room Las Vegas
Tahiti Village Las Vegas
Tiki Grill and Bar Oahu
Cuckoo Coconuts  Oahu
Disney’s Aulani Oahu
Ka’anpali Beach Hotel in Maui
Bali Hai San Diego
The Catamaran Hotel San Diego
Tiki Oasis 10 Years at the Crowne Plaza
The Shag Store Palm Springs
The Tonga Hut Palm Springs
The Reef Palm Springs
Tiki Caliente At the Caliente Tropics Palm Springs
Jan and Dean’s Tiki Lounge Huntington Beach
Billy's at the Beach Newport Beach
Roxanne’s Rum and Tiki Social Long Beach
The Bamboo Club Long Beach
The Ocean Palms Resort in Carlsbad
Lakanuki Mammoth Lake at the Village 

Places that  no longer exist
The Puka Bar Long Beach
Cat’s Eye Club San Diego
Don the Beachcomber’s in Sunset Beach (This was our Main Tiki hangout.... Still miss it)
The Royal Hawaiian Laguna (Before the new management)
Tahiti Joe’s at Tahiti Village Las Vegas (terrible service so I’m not surprised)

Here are the top places I want to visit that are the most likely and one on my dream list for some day.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian at Walt Disney World.

We were in Walt Disney world several years ago –just weeks before it opened.  We were there for a cheer competition, so we didn’t have a choice of when the trip was.   It kills me knowing that we missed getting to go there by about two weeks.  I love Trader Sam’s at Disneyland and I can’t wait to someday visit the cool East Coast version.

The False Tiki in San Diego

This is another case of we just missed it.  A couple of years ago at Tiki Oasis this Tiki Bar was scheduled to be open in time for Oasis and didn’t.  The last two years at Tiki Oasis we have had the baby with us so a trip to Downtown San Diego to check it out wasn’t in the cards for us.   Our son is old enough to stay overnight with Grandma now –so hopefully we can actually get down to see it finally.

Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco

We just need to make a Tiki trip to San Francisco to check out this iconic Tiki bar as well as the Tonga Room and now Zombie Village.   

We went through San Francisco last summer on the way to Oregon –but it was a family trip with 3 kids in the car, so Tiki wasn’t on the agenda. 

Disney’s Aulani:

We did visit it for the day on our trip to Oahu a couple years ago and loved it.  I really want to actually stay there.  Hopefully in a couple years when our littlest is old enough to really enjoy it we can stay there.  I’d like to stay there for about 4 nights and maybe stay at Turtle Bay on the North Shore for a couple of days as well.  I really think they should add a 3rd Trader Sam’s to Aulani.  I don’t understand how that hasn’t already happened.

The Pacific Seas in Los Angeles

This place has been on my radar since it was first announced.   The timing just hasn’t worked out for us.  We had our baby right about the time that this opened.  One of our favorite bands The Hula Girls plays there and that would be the perfect time to go –but they usually play on Thursday nights.  With kids in school and a little one—it is hard to get up to LA on a Thursday night—so it hasn’t happened yet.

The Mai Kai

This is on my dream list -but it is the least likely to happen.  It is on the other side of the country and a trip there would most likely have to be a trip specifically to go there.   Maybe some year we can actually make it out there for the Hukilau.  One can always dream.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Tiki Caliente 2019: Yacht Rock lands in the desert

I have been to Tiki Oasis for the last 10 years and have been wanting to check out Tiki Caliente for a while. 

When we found out that our favorite Yacht Rock band would be playing on Friday night we decided to finally check this event out.
The event is now held at the Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs.

Love the entrance to this place.

Poolside with the Captain of Smooth himself  Captain Carl

Kim in what I called her Peg Bundy dress.

We checked out some Tiki Tronic while cruising the Tiki Vendors.   They were playing some 80's Tiki Tronic style.   

Hungry like a Wolf.

Here is picture of the group photo from Tiki Caliente 2019.

 There are discussions in the Tiki Community about whether Yacht Rock belongs at Tiki events.   Whether it belongs or not we love it.  Yachty By Nature is a lot of fun and has become one of our favorite So-Cal bands.   They put on an amazing high energy show and Tiki Caliente was no different.   

 The S.S. Minnow was representing.

Like Tiki Oasis,  Tiki Caliente has room parties.  The rooms being smaller the parties don't have bands playing in the rooms --but the parties were still fun and some of the party hosts were very creative.  We stopped at a couple parties including one that was backlit with a space theme and some Space Apes.    I saw online that the Saturday night Room Party hosted by The Tonga Hut was absolutely amazing looking. 

We were only able to stay the one night this year  (It was my first night away from our 2 year old) otherwise I would have loved to stay day two to see Jason Lee perform.  His band always puts on an amazing show.  I really enjoyed the cool easy vibe of Tiki Caliente.   It is a smaller more intimate Tiki Event than Oasis, but very cool.

As a Tiki event overall:   I'd say Tiki Vending wise there was a lot less shopping opportunities.  If you want to shop Tiki then Tiki Oasis and events like Tikiland Trading Co. may be more up your alley.  But if you are looking for a fun weekend in Palm Springs with good music and a chill friendly Tiki Vibe,  then definitely check it out.  Plus if you haven't been to Palm Springs in a awhile with the SHAG store , The Reef , and The Tonga Hut it is definitely a Tiki must do.