Tiki Oasis 17 Symposium List by Day

Tiki Oasis 2017 – International Intrigue
Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Bali Hai
Crowne Plaza
San Diego, CA.

Sunday Night Showcase tickets still available
Marketplace, Art Show, and Car Show are all open to the public!



Tiki Oasis Morning Vinyasa Yoga w/Valentina
This vinyasa yoga class will create a beautiful flowing sequence setting you up for a wonderful day! Pairing breath to movement will give you a feeling of unification in your mind, body and spirit. This class strives to help you become in-tune with your body through stretching, opening, strengthening and aligning it.

Spy Bop Royale: Music for the Sophisticated Secret Agent
An exploration into the mysterious realm of exotica from the world of International Espionage. From the musical origins of the globe trotting International Detectives to the Euro-Spy explosion of the 60’s. David Broussal from Spy Bop Royale will delve into the influences, composers, films, T.V. shows, and most of all the tunes!

Make Your Own Foam Board Tiki w/ Eric October
Tiki Artist Eric October will instruct you in the steps to cut and paint an 8×10 foam board Tiki. The first 40 attendees will be provided with all the tools and materials needed to create a ready-to-hang piece or art!
Please note: This class requires the use of sharp cutting tools.

Motel Tiki w/ cultural historian Heather David
Postwar economic prosperity drew people to the roads in record numbers—for business as well as for pleasure. In response to the sharp increase in American mobility, independently owned roadside motels rapidly materialized along the nation’s thoroughfares. In an effort to attract business in a highly competitive market, many motel owners embraced exotic themes. The Polynesian-themed motel was a natural extension of the mainland’s fascination with the South Pacific. With names like Kon Tiki, Kona Kai, and Waikiki, tropical motels once dotted the country. Get your sun hat on and Kodak camera ready… because we are taking a mid-century road trip to paradise. It’s time for MOTEL TIKI.

Hula & Tahitian Dance 101 w/ Honey Hula-la
Honey Hula-la is a professional Polynesian dancer, competitor, and instructor for 17 years. Join Honey Hula-la in a beginner Hula & Tahitian Dance class! Wear clothes you can easily move in.

The Secret World of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” w/ Robert Short
James Bond creator, Ian Fleming’s other spy Napoleon Solo and his co-agent for the U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) Illya Kuryakin stepped out of shadows in Sept. 22 1964 to become television’s first network spy series. In its four year run, it became a worldwide cultural phenomenon that would eventually influence everything from fashion, comic books, movies and television shows such as “Mission Impossible”, “Get Smart” and even “Hullaballoo”. Join long time U.N.C.L.E. fan, Robert Short, who appeared on the original series, served as the UNCLE technical adviser (yes, there is such a thing) on “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.” TV movie and worked on the recent Warner Bros. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” feature film, as he takes you behind-the-scenes and into the incredible secret world of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Snake Dance w/ Violetta Beretta
Distract your foes with the charm of the snake dance. In this dance class you will learn unique dance choreography that is sexy, slithering and sizzlin’ from Hawaii’s Burlesque Sweetheart Violetta Beretta! Wear comfortable clothing. No live snakes will be part of this symposium.

Mystery at the Mai-Kai w/ “Swanky” Tim Glazner
A multimedia presentation about the history of the Mai-Kai through an in -depth look at one of its most iconic creations, the Mystery Drink. You’ll see rare video, hear interviews with those involved, and travel back to the high days of the mid-century in this documentary style seminar featuring celebrity customers, like Johnny Carson and the New York Yankees, beautiful and legendary servers like Bettie Page, and a wide ranging supporting cast like Bunny Yeager.

The Spy Who Came In From The Pool
NYC cocktail enthusiasts and bloggers Karen McBurnie and Vicky Sweat bring you….Mission Intoxible: Good afternoon, agents. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to report for a briefing on the swinging spies and supervillains from the screen and page, and their suave or sinister beverages. Prepare to stop the diabolical bad-taste-niks of S.W.I.L.L. and obliterate a cocktail or two from our liquid arsenal.

Tiki Oasis Storytelling: “My First”
Do you remember your first time at Tiki Oasis? Your first Mr. Bali Hai? The first time you met your Tiki best friend/ partner/spouse/ohana? Come share your story! In Hawaii, the ancient art of storytelling is called mo’olelo, and like those customs of old and new storytelling series like The Moth, we’re inviting people to get up and share their stories of their Tiki Oasis firsts — hilarious or sad or kooky or fun, it’s all part of the shared experience and oral history of our beloved weekender. And if you don’t want to perform*, come and listen and be a part.

Mastering the Bump & Grind w/ Dirty Martini
Join classically trained dancer Miss Dirty Martini as she breaks down the basics of burlesque dance for dancers of all levels. Perfect for those students who have not experienced a movement class before, Miss Martini introduces the classical dance class structure in a friendly and positive atmosphere. Class starts with a warm up emphasizing movement based in jazz, ballet and Middle Eastern dance techniques that strengthen the abdominal core and help to promote an economy of movement within the body. Proper alignment and coordination is the focus while students learn how to shake what they’ve got and carry it with pride. The class progresses with exercises developed to enhance proper deportment and stage presence enhancing each person’s individuality. The building blocks of burlesque choreography are emphasized while students learn a short routine to Miss Martini’s striptease music favorites.

Tiki 101 – The Rise, The Fall, The Resurrection, The Redemption w/ Brother Cleve
A “history in a mug” that follows the evolution of tropical drinks, the folks who made them, and the places that served them, beginning with its roots in the 1920’s, filled with photos, music, movies, all told from Brother Cleve’s unique perspective as a tiki lover since the 1960’s, and a participant in its 90’s revival.

Hacking Nature to produce a modern Rum w/ Bryan Davis
According to GQ, Bryan Davis is “One of the most raved about young distillers in the US”. His work, studying the science of distillation and maturation, spans two decades. Over the years he has been obsessed with gaining creative control over the spirit and has managed to successfully hack the barrel creating many award-winning rums that have the chemical signature profile of 20-year-old rum. Join Bryan Davis on a journey through flavor – enjoying sips of dense rich rum along the way.


Hangover Stretch it out Class 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!!

Forbidden Art of the Theremin – Espionage & Fantasy w/ Robert Silverman
Learn about the double-life of Leon Theremin as a brilliant electronic inventor and Soviet Spy! This lecture includes video clips from famous movies featuring the Theremin, a live demonstration of the Theremin AND a chance to play the Theremin!

Waltah Clarke: Mission Exotica w/ Mike Skinner
Beachboy, playboy, entrepreneur…Waltah Clarke embodied the allure of the tropics. From his Beachboy days during the Golden Age of Waikiki, becoming Don the Beachcomber’s right hand man, helping build the International Market Place in Honolulu to owning the largest chain of South Seas Resort Wear stores with shops in Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Honolulu and even Disneyland…he led a Hawaiian Way of Life. An unsung hero of Polynesian Pop Culture, Waltah was the Merchant of Hawaiian Romance!

Bond Girl – Make-Up Tutorial w/ Nikki Napalm
You can achieve a classic smokey cat eye, the perfect nude lip, and vicious cheekbones in this Live Make-up Tutorial with pin-up expert Nikki Napalm! You will learn all the tips and tricks to achieve that sultry 60’s Bond Girl look! Ka Pow! This symposium is an informative look-and-learn demonstration where you will be watching, taking notes, video, audio and asking questions.

The Devil-Ettes Spy Dance Party Au Go Go
Learn all the spy-au-go-go dance moves to keep you go-goin’ no matter where you roam! San Francisco’s sweethearts The Devil-Ettes will teach you how to Frug in Fiji, Swim in Sweden, Hully Gully in Hungary, Boogaloo in Barbados and Twist at Tiki Oasis! Bring a water bottle. Go Go Boots are optional!

The Art of Tiki – A Preview w/ Sven Kirsten & Otto von Stroheim
“The Art of Tiki” is the title for the upcoming 21st Anniversary TIKI ART SHOW at La Luz gallery and for Sven Kirsten’s NEW BOOK of the same name to be published in conjunction with the exhibition. This book allows Sven to focus on what got him into Tiki in the first place: Tiki ART! The exhibition and book will show both rare vintage Tiki art, and modern revival Tiki art. Less academic and more irreverent pure visceral Polynesian Pop imagery will be released to the Tiki-hungry public. You will get to see a preview of this eye candy and hear Sven’s and Otto’s humorous recollections of the early Tiki archeology and art scene.

Ultimate Cool: The Great 60s Spy Craze! w/ Danny Beiderman
Come spy with us as Danny Biederman—author of “The Incredible World of Spy-Fi” and writer/producer of Discovery Channel’s “Hollywood Spytek”—revisits the pop culture SPY CRAZE that shook the world in the 1960s. Flashing back through stories and film clips, you’ll learn—or reminisce—about the coolest movies and TV series ever—James Bond and beyond. It was an era when every TV network and neighborhood theater featured tales of heroic secret agents defeating evil masterminds with a mix of exotic weapons, clever gadgets, expert karate, witty repartee and oodles of charm … and never a doubt that the kiss of a beautiful woman signaled either imminent danger or reward for mission accomplished! Don your trench coats and shades and slink on over for this flashback to the coolest of times!

The Suffering Bastard: Joe Scialom, International Barman of Mystery w/ Jeff “Beachbum” Berry
Cairo, Havana, London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, New York, San Juan — from the 1930s through the 1960s, legendary mixologist “Joe The Bartender” was everywhere and nowhere, always one step ahead of governments who suspected him of espionage because he served so many heads of state, generals, and journalists. This seminar reveals the untold story of the trained chemist who spoke eight languages and survived two revolutions, imprisonment, and exile to create such infamous exotic drinks as the Suffering Bastard and the Tropical Itch. Presented by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, who spent two years tracking down his elusive subject.

Tiki Oasis Book Club Presents: GOLDFINGER by Ian Fleming
Tiki Oasis is pleased to present the undisputed master of international espionage: Bond… James Bond. Written in 1959, “Goldfinger” is the 7th of the Bond novels by Ian Fleming, featuring the debonair 007 and the deliciously dastardly villain, Auric Goldfinger –the man with the Midas touch. Corrupt canasta, a killer bowler hat, Pussy Galore and her Flying Circus — this is one of the best and most iconic of all the Bond novels (and films). Will Bond save the world economy from a madman who wants to take down Fort Knox? Will the world be smashed by SMERSH? Come to Tiki Oasis Book Club and find out! Though Bond preferred shaken martinis to mixed mai-tais, it will be an Operation Grand Slam! Book club is hosted once again by Karen Finlay!

Pin-Up Hairstyling with Lola Demure
From sleek espionage chic to under-the-radar cool, which famous spy is your style icon? Lola Demure will guide you thru a step-by-step process to create your own vintage hair style masterpiece! Most demonstration will be look-and-learn, but bring a comb, brush and some clips should you you get inspired to play along with your own lovely locks! All attendees will receive a goodie bag of sample products.

Jason Lee hosts “Unplugged at Tiki Oasis”
Time to get unplugged with Jason Lee! Bring your guitar and learn some spy-tastic guitar licks from the master himself! With an extensive background in recording for television networks and performing live with his band, the R.I.P.tides, this is surely a class not to miss. All skill levels welcome! Jason will have on hand a few extra guitars and might even sneak in an amp or two. Look forward to sharing the love of guitar and learning new techniques!

The Quadrumvirate: Smuggler’s Cove, Hale Pele, Lost Lake, and False Idol LIVE!
To commemorate Martin Cate’s 10th Annual Tiki Oasis Cocktail Symposium, he has brought together for the first time each of his four unique tiki concepts for a celebration of what makes the tiki bar an enduring and vital part of American cocktail culture. Featuring a journey through the evolution of both décor and exotic cocktails and peppered with interviews and drink demonstrations, you’ll learn and taste your way through tiki’s golden era and modern revival. Learn from the owners and bartenders what shapes their ideas on cocktails, service, and sharing tiki culture with their communities. Representing three states, more than 300 cocktails, and over 1600 rums, experience how the most awarded tiki bars of the modern era spread a message of aloha and escapism.

Tiki Tasting – SPECIAL EVENT!
This special event is NOT part of any other Tiki Oasis Ticket package. Enjoy samplings from over 8 Tiki Makers of amazing products!


Tiki Tot Tour w/ King Kukulele
Create lasting memories for your kids with the annual Tiki Tour of the Crowne Plaza (formerly the Hanalei Hotel). The kids will have a blast as they tour the hotel grounds with King Kukulele meeting up close and personal many ‘tiki’ friends. Every year this event features many (secret-to-the-tots) Tiki celebrities!

Charles Phoenix
Be prepared for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles presents a crazy kaleidoscope of his “found” vintage Kodachrome slides, hi-octane road trip discoveries, eye-popping test kitchen creations and “best of guide” to local attractions, past and present. Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, extravaganza of great American pop culture all in glorious COLOR !!!

Suzanne Long and the Modern Tropical Cocktail
Come learn how to mix some of Suzanne Long’s most famous modern tropical classics in this brand new class for Tiki Oasis 2017! Together we will make the Black Orchid and Gunpowder Swizzle, plus a special all new cocktail never before released to the public. We’ll taste each ingredient, talk about the importance of choosing rums for each cocktail, and have a hands on technique lesson.

Tyree, Black Velvet and South Pacific Artist w/ CJ Cook
Ralph Burke Tyree was an American artist of the mid-twentieth century who had a prolific career painting scenes from the South Pacific. His love of the islands was sparked as a WWII Marine posted to Samoa where he became the resident marine-base artist. After the war, he split his years between California and the Pacific, capturing the quiet exoticism of island people and landscapes in oil on board and black velvet. He was one of the premier artists of the Tiki culture movement that swept the United States in the 1960s and which is having a rebirth today.

Uke Jam
Join us for the annual Tiki Oasis Uke Jam! King Kukulele will be hosting this session, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atrium. There is no fee to join in, and don’t worry about being experienced in your playing, just bring a ukulele. You never know who will stop by!

Tiki Oasis San Diego Bartenders Battle
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head- to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!

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