2022 Thursday Seminars
Join us as we celebrate Tiki and Mid-Century style in a variety of educational seminars.
If a seminar is noted as 21+, that means no babes in arms or strollers allowed.
- 9:30 am –10:30 am
Mike & Stacy AtkinsonLearn the basics of successfully growing plumerias in this interactive workshop environment. Topics include: Watering needs, fertilizing, best planting method, rooting cuttings, winter care, dealing with pests, regional conditions and much more. The lecture will conclude with Stacy teaching you how to make a simple plumeria hairpiece. You’ll walk out of the class knowing more about plumerias and looking beautiful, ready for that night’s festivities.
Mike & Stacy AtkinsonMike and Stacy Atkinson have been growing plumerias on San Diego’s Mt. Helix for over 25 years. The PBS program "A Growing Passion" featured the Atkinsons on their Emmy-winning episode about plumerias. Mike has taught plumeria workshops in Southern California (San Diego Horticultural Society, San Diego Botanic Garden, Master Gardeners, plus many garden clubs and nurseries), all US plumeria societies, and the International Plumeria Conference in Florida. Town & Country Ballroom $20
- 10:00 am –11:00 am
Understanding Indigenous Art: Authentic, Airport or Artificial
David CasseraAre you a collector OR interested in collecting and decorating with indigenous art and artifacts? Learn how to determine what’s real and what’s bogus. What’s made for tourists and what was made for ceremonial, religious or dark magic practices within a traditional context. What are the meanings? How to spot fakes. What is airport art? How to know when a piece is an actual authentic object of cultural significance. What’s worth buying and what’s firewood for the chilly winter nights. In this seminar you will learn about types of objects qualify as Tiki and why that matters.
David CasseraThe Cassera family art business was founded by the late George D. Cassera in 1960. Over the past 50 years, the gallery has maintained a strong emphasis on fine art and design. David, the youngest son of four boys, is an international specialist in the traditional arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. David has continued with his father's fine art and design legacy with an additional focus on 'Primitivism'. Town & Country Ballroom $20
- 11:00 am –12:00 pm
Exotic Illuminations: The Art of the Tiki Lamp
Patrick ThompsonEvery good designed Tiki environment provides a bit of mystery. One key to building this mystery is to challenge the sense of sight with depth and drama created using a variety of lighting options. Like looking into the flames of a fireplace, Tiki lamps have an intriguing allure that draw your stare and lead you to wonder what is beyond that glow in the darkness. In this panel discussion lamp designers will share how these effects are created, the different styles and elements to consider when making or purchasing these exotic illuminations. Moderated by Patrick Thompson.
Patrick ThompsonPatrick Thompson is an artist with a vision. He studied the scientific effects that ambiance has on a good time from the music to the design. Thompson created the 'Don Ho Radio Show' many years ago to bring the sounds to the in-home Tiki Bar. He also used his artistic background in Mid-Century Sculpture to create Tiki lamps. He has designed and created lamps in commercial and home Tiki Bars in North America, Hawaii, and even France. Ming River Pacific Ballroom E $20
- 12:00 pm –1:30 pm
Potions & Elixirs: Crafting Your Own Syrups & Bitters
Tiki LindyThis event is 21+. A well-balanced cocktail is all about quality ingredients and there is no better way to control the quality than to craft them yourself! Learn about the four pillars of balancing a cocktail and tips, tricks and recipes to make your own syrups, bitters, infusions and liqueurs. Tiki Lindy, an award winning mixologist, breaks down the methods pros use for practical application in the home and behind the bar.
Tiki LindyTiki Lindy started in the cocktail industry nearly two decades ago. Her longest stint in the industry has been as a private events bartender and consultant on Tiki bar menus and event cocktails. Her roots run even deeper in the culinary world, where she successfully owned her own catering business. She’s the author of Tiki Lindy’s Field Guide to Pupus, Tidbits & Exotic Provisions, Tiki Lindy's Compendium of Tropical Delicacies & Adventurous Eats (August 2022), and Retrolicious: Retro Inspired Cocktails & Mocktails. An award-winning mixologist, she has provided seminars on topics such as rum, Tiki bar setup, and cocktail garnishing at events nationwide. Tiki Lindy is also a contributing writer to Exotica Moderne quarterly magazine, and the founder of the Transoceanic Explorers Society.Tanduay Rum Town & Country Ballroom $50
- 1:00 pm –2:30 pm
Tropical Tasting1pm and 3:30pm Sessions will be the same on Thursday. 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 our favorite brands that go well in tropical cocktails. Featuring: Licor 43, Plantation Rum, El Dorado Rum, Chinola, Prohibition Pops and MORE. Admission includes a tasting glass.Town & Country Ballroom $35
- 1:30 pm –2:30 pm
Scripted Deceptions: Developing effects and stories for your bar/lounge
Damien MontanileDo you obsess.…err….passionately strive for new and exciting ideas to elevate the theme of your home Tiki bar, lounge, or personal space? Are you looking to provide an interactive or more immersive experience for you and your guests, but have difficulties knowing just where to start? Join Damien Montanile, as he deep dives “beyond the booze” in order to demystify the tricks and tools of the trade, and share some of the history, techniques, applications, and ideas in use by feature film and theme park industries that can be applied to your home paradise as well!
Damien MontanileDamien Montanile is a 23-year technology veteran who's worked for both Disney and Dreamworks, and who designs and develops theme park-level immersive technical environments, effects, and storytelling.Don Papa Pacific Ballroom E $20
- 2:00 pm –3:00 pm
The Trade Winds-The Rise & Fall Of A Polynesian Palace
Ron FerrellThe Trade Winds was the west coast's version of The Mai Kai with a large lagoon in front that included a full size Chinese Junk where 8-10 people could have pupus & drinks before entering the restaurant. Once inside, guests were treated to a full Polynesian floor show, over the top decor and themed rooms. Later the restaurant became a Don The Beachcomber, then Hawaiian Cowboy, and finally Coconut Joe's Warehouse before it closed in the 1980s.
Ron FerrellRon Ferrell is a longtime collector of vintage surf, tiki, nautical, Polynesia, and enjoys travel to Hawaii, Tahiti, Brazil, Cuba and the Cook Islands. Ferrell has amassed a huge library of movies, music, shorts, commercials, TV shows, and photos of Tiki and the South Pacific. A writer for Tiki Magazine, an artist, carver, mug designer/maker, and tropical lamp builder for home and commercial bars including Smuggler's Cove, Ventiki, Hale Pele, and Inside Passage. An educator, designer and builder of his elaborate home bar The Rincon Room, he is also a partner in Sespe Creek Distillery.Parlor Cay Rum Town & Country Ballroom $20
- 3:30 pm –4:30 pm
LGBTiki Artists, Makers & ShakersPresented by the LGBTiki Committee. LGBTQ creative artists, entertainers and community leaders have long shaped the Tiki scene, bringing a lavender lens from everything from fine art, design, sculpture, and entertainment. The queer makers and shakers on this panel will share what it means to be LGBTQ in the Tiki community, what influences their work, and how they are shaping the scene today. (Note: following the panel discussion, a Lavender Luau tiki mug designed by Eric October will be available for purchase!)Beer Da Queer Pacific Ballroom E $20
- 4:00 pm –5:00 pm
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Tiki
Mike SkinnerExplore the creative world of Walt Disney and his Imagineers and their adventures in Tiki. Hear brand new, never before heard stories about the history and development of Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, see Rolly Crump’s lost concept art for his never built Hawaiian ‘Disneyland inspired’ theme park near Honolulu, and travel with Walt on his many voyages to the South Pacific. Are you ready for an ALL NEW voyage into the enchanted land of Disney Tiki?!
Mike SkinnerMike Skinner lives in Denver, Colorado where he is a professional engineer, but his passion is researching and sharing Polynesian Pop culture stories. He is a Tiki Oasis veteran, having presented some of Tiki Oasis’ most popular seminars including; Wild West Tiki; SeaWorld - San Diego’s Exotic Masterpiece; Waltah Clarke and the World of Aloha Fashion; AHOY! Exploring Mid-Century Nautical Tiki and the evening saucy seminar Tiki After Dark.Kuleana Rum Town & Country Ballroom $20