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SATURDAY SEMINARS

HANGOVER STRETCH IT OUT

WITH EL VEZ

Hangover be gone! Get your body moving in this early morning stretch class. El Vez will lead you through a gentle warm-up that will wake you up and get your body, mind, and SOUL ready to take on the rest of the Tiki Oasis weekender! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. let’s go!!

El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation, and the world! A modern multicultural hybrid of Americana & Mexicano, he is more than entertainment, he is a thinking man’s Elvis, a post-modern King with a Latin twist, the Chicano experience presented and told through the songs of Elvis. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, MTV, HBO, CNN, and Live with Regis & Kathy Lee. He has even been a question on Jeopardy!  | website

Saturday 7/31: 8:30am-9:30am
Location:
Pacific Ballroom
FREE EVENT

Sponsored by Licor 43

TRADER VIC’S WORLD OF TIKI

with Sven Kirsten and guest Eve Bergeron

Sven Kirsten and Eve Bergeron will highlight Trader Vic’s transition from pre-Tiki to Tiki style and talk about their work on several projects together, showing unpublished finds from the Bergeron family archive.

It was his love for visuals that inspired Sven to collect and photograph the remnants of the forgotten culture of Polynesian pop in America, leading him to identify the Tiki as its icon. As a hunter and gatherer of lost artifacts and ephemera of this phenomenon, he began to see the pattern of a unique art form, publishing his findings in The Book of Tiki in September 2000. For the first time, the book presented all the aspects of Tiki style– its design, graphics, architecture, social culture, and cocktail mixology. The book put Tiki firmly on the map of American pop culture and is regarded as the standard work on the style. In 2007, Sven followed suit with his second book, Tiki Modern, then with Tiki Pop in 2014, and The Art of Tiki in 2017.  | website 

Saturday 7/31: 9:30am-11:00am
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$20

UKELELE STRUM & SONG

with Steve Conrad and Juliet Frew

Learn to play the ukulele in one day! Join Steve Conrad and Juliet Frew for a strum and sing session where you will learn chords, strums, and fingerpicking styles for simple songs. You will learn 4-5 songs. No experience necessary. Bring a ukulele and play along.

Steve Conrad and Juliet Frew have both performed or taught ukulele for many years. Steve is a member of the Ukebillies who play 50s and 60s covers on ukulele. Steve and Juliet taught at Arizona Tiki Oasis in 2021. Juliet brings patience and attention to new players to help them get started on this beautiful instrument.

Saturday 7/31: 9:30am-11:00am
Location:
Palm Room
Free Event

Sponsored by Anchor Brewing Co.

THE JUNGLE CRUISE: THE WILD HISTORY OF WALT’S FAVORITE RIDE

WITH DAVID “DR. SKIPPER” MARLEY

The Jungle Cruise was inspired by the movies and this summer it has BECOME a movie. Join David “Dr. Skipper” Marley as he shares brand new stories about Walt Disney’s favorite ride. The Jungle Cruise made news for some major changes that were recently announced and Dr. Skipper will talk about all the ways the attraction has changed over the years. He’ll also share stories from his brand new book, The Jungle Cruise: The Wild History of Walt’s Favorite Ride featuring stories of wild pranks and stories that you’re guaranteed to love.

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley is a former Jungle Cruise Skipper and has taught history at California State University, Fullerton. His newest book, The Jungle Cruise: The Wild History of Walt’s Favorite Ride will be published by Theme Park Press this July. He is the author of the popular Skipper Stories books. He is also an artist specializing on the crossover of Tiki and Disney.

Saturday 7/31: 11:00am-12:30pm
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$20

FROM SWING TO THE SHAG

WITH STEVE CONRAD & JULIET FREW

Learn dances that were popular at the height of the 50s and 60s from Swing to the Shag! These fun partner dances will have you on the floor dancing to swinging tunes from the past. No dance experience necessary. Come with a partner, or solo and we’ll work it out. Beginners welcome.

Steve Conrad has been teaching Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing for more than 25 years around the world. He was recently featured on ABC’s “The Bachelorette”, HGTV’s “House Hunters”, and NBC’s “Little Big Shots: Forever Young”, as well as numerous music videos and in USA Today. Juliet is an experienced Lindy Hop and Swing dancer from Los Angeles.

Saturday 7/31: 12noon-1pm
Location:
Pacific Ballroom
$10

Co-Sponsored by Kleos Mastiha Spirits, Cutwater Spirits + Tanduay Rum

MISERLOU – HOW THE GREEK UNDERGROUND CREATED SURF MUSIC

WITH BROTHER CLEVE

In the early twentieth century, a style of Greek music known as Rembetika emerged from dive bars and jails in Smyrna, Turkey. The punk rock of its time, it was enjoyed by denizens of the Greek demimonde living there – hashish smokers, prostitutes, grifters, and bar flies. One song in particular – Miserlou – started its life there, and by 1928 78-rpm records began being released. In 1962, guitarist Dick Dale recorded it, introducing the use of Middle Eastern sounds and scales to Surf music and beyond into garage rock, psychedelica, easy listening and more. This is that story in words, music AND cocktails!

Brother Cleve has spent decades touring with bands, DJ’ing, and making cocktails. He spent the 90’s performing with Lounge music pioneers Combustible Edison (SubPop Records). He’s happy to be back traveling to Tiki and cocktail events far and wide! The rest of his time is spent as Beverage Director at 2 locations of @ParisSeaport in Boston, and opening a forthcoming new bar in NYC. He’s based in Boston.

Saturday 7/31: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$50 / 21+ Event

Co-Sponsored by Better Rhodes, Lyre’s & Cocktail Garnish Co.

MOCKTAILS & GARNISHES

WITH NIKKI POPKOW

In our ever-changing world, the developing movement of mocktails is booming more than ever. The exploration of the non-alcoholic spirit world is far from boring! In this lively discussion, Nikki Popkow of TONIX Mocktails will share non-alcoholic spirit options, how to make ingredients at home, simple mocktails that will wow all AND ways level up your garnish game! Get ready for a fun-filled party – Without the Hangover! Mocktails will be served!

Nikki Popkow of TONIX Mocktails is a Los Angeles native with over 20 years service industry experience. Sixteen of those years were Rockin’ and Rollin’ behind the bar. In 2019 she put down the bottle for good and has been inspired to share her mixology knowledge with a NonAlc Twist.

Saturday 7/31: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$20

Co-Sponsored by Licor 43 & Don Papa Rum

THE DESIGNS OF ALFRED SHAHEEN

WITH BRENDA HOUSTON

Discover how the award-winning textile designer Alfred Shaheen changed the way the world dresses. Designer Brenda Houston discusses the influence of design from the invention of the Hawaiian shirt to postage stamps. Learn all about the Alfred Shaheen collections and how this designer continues to influence the world today. See the debut of the Alfred Shaheen wall covering collections designed by Brenda Houston.

Brenda Houston launched her namesake design studio in 2008 after a trip to Uruguay where she discovered the bulk of Agate was being thrown away in the search for small and valuable gemstones. She saw an opportunity to support these miners while working with materials that were all natural. Houston launched her collections with table lamps, added small treasure boxes and quickly built a couture following. She has won numerous awards, was lauded in the press, and invited to open a store-within-a-store at Barneys New York. In recent year she has shifted and is now designing residential interiors, creating designs for the trade, and has offered her designs in both the U.S. and internationally. Houston has lived in Italy, France and Japan and now balances her time between Dallas, Los Angeles and New York and is a mom to her four legged child Don Diego, a rescue pup.

“Now more than ever it is so important that we educate the world on the use of sustainable materials and the beauty found in nature. By the year 2050, our oceans will contain more weight in plastic than in fish! This is the time to examine our resources and how best to apply them to our needs for future generations.”

Saturday 7/31: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location:
Town and Country
$20

HULA DANCE

WITH DI’LOVELY

Di’ Lovely is not only Miss Tiki Oasis 2017, she also grew up as a Polynesian dancer, performing at the Bali Hai Restaurant, and continues to perform hula at the competitive level. In this entry level class come and learn the graceful, enchanting, mesmerizing hula. Not only is this class FUN, it’s great low impact exercise that keeps the body flexible and fluid. Wear comfortable clothing.

 Di’ Lovely grew up as a Polynesian dancer, performing at the Bali Hai Restaurant, and continues to perform at the competitive level. Di’ Lovely has been teaching dance for over 20 years and is sought-after artist, teaching across North America, to as far as the Philippines & Australia!

Saturday 7/31: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location:
Pacific Ballroom
FREE EVENT

Sponsored by Don Q Rum

ALOHA FROM THE HAWAIIAN VILLAGE: A TRIBUTE TO HARRY YEE

presented by The Harry Yee Collective

Join us on the shores of Waikiki at the Hawaiian Village, Hawaii during the 1950s- 60s to listen to the birth of Exotica, watch Hollywood stars film a hit television series, all the while enjoying tropical cocktails as created and served by Harry Yee at the legendary Tapa Room and Shell Bar. Celebrate Harry Yee’s contributions to cocktail, and Hawaiian Village histories, and learn why the Tapa Punch Mug is so historically significant.

Gregorio Pantoja is a Historian, Author, Philanthropist, Lover of Tiki’s Lost, and Tiki’s Forgotten stories. Phoenix A’Blaze is Ms. Tiki Oasis 2019, burlesque dancer and knows how to get things done. Samuel Miller is an activist with b4.change, food & beverage enthusiast (Zombie Village) and drink smith. Trader Sampson (Chase Sampson) is the proprietor of  Cocoanut Canteen, a Los Angeles home bar designed as a throwback to 1930s Hollywood. Together they are the Harry Yee Collective.

Saturday 7/31: 4pm-5:30pm
Location: 
Town and Country Ballroom
$50 / 21+ Event

TROPICAL TASTING (Saturday)

Choose Between Two Sessions! Interact with makers representing new products, and some of our old favorites. During this sit-down event Tiki Oasis has curated a unique collection of rum and other spirit brands that go well in Tropical Cocktails! Each Tropical Tasting Day (Thurs/Fri/Sat) is different!! This Saturday session includes: Alma de Agave, Anchor Brewing Co, Bravus Brewing Co. (AF ), Don Papa ,Liquid Alchemist, Plantation Rum, Pusser’s Rum, Tanduay Rum, and Kona Bar Chocolates .  Includes a Tasting Glass.

Saturday 7/31: 1pm-2:30pm AND 4pm-5:30pm sessions
Location: 
Town and Country Ballroom
$25 / 21+ Event

Sponsored by Fruit Smash

TIKI OASIS BOOK CLUB: “MOLOKA’I” BY ALAN BRENNERT

WITH KAREN FINLAY

The idea of a book about leprosy doesn’t sound terribly uplifting, but our book club moderator Karen Finlay promises that it will be great! When Karen picked this book back in 2019 for Tiki Oasis’ 20th Anniversary in 2020, none of us had any idea that we, too, would be quarantined just like Rachel Kalama. The story takes on new meaning and empathy — and we expect a fantastic discussion. 

“Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.”

Available at your local independent bookseller, or bookshop.org/shop/alibibookshop

Karen Finlay will once again be hosting the The Tiki Oasis Book Club and Storytelling seminar. When she’s not poolside in a caftan sipping mai-tais or exploring classic restaurants with her girl gang, she’s reading her stories at Bay Area events and throwing fabulous fetes as the co-founder of The Mid-Century Supper Club Potluck, a star-studded extravaganza of questionable foodstuffs. When in Vallejo, CA visit Karen at Alibi Bookshop. Tiki Oasis is her favorite holiday. 

Saturday 7/31: 4pm-5:30pm
Location: 
Town and Country Ballroom
FREE EVENT

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