Mission Tiki: A New Tiki Drive-In

Mission Tiki, a tiki-themed drive-in, is being developed in Montclair, California. Mission Tiki is the remodelling of a drive-in that opened in 1956, the Mission Drive-in at 10798 Ramona Ave (the corner of Mission & Ramona). It’s being developed by De Anza, the same folks responsible for the immensely popular Starlight Drive-in in Atlanta, Georgia. De Anza’s Teri Oldknow says that she hopes to get the same sort of special events going at Mission Tiki that have become an institution at Starlight, where movies are just part of the attraction, including car shows and flea markets. De Anza has turned … Continue reading Mission Tiki: A New Tiki Drive-In

Tiki Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s may share the “bringing you the best from around the world” M. O. with Trader Vic’s, but historically that has been the end of the connection to tiki. However, more and more Trader Joe’s are going tiki in their decor; locations that have been reported to have tikis include the Pasadena location on Rosemead Blvd, a Tucson location, San Luis Obispo on Higuera St., Cathedral City, Daly City, Santa Cruz, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Cerritos and Manhattan Beach. These locations all appear to have added their tikis within just the past couple of years, and even more exciting, … Continue reading Tiki Trader Joe's

Tiki Artist Purple Jade Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Popular tiki artist Purple Jade has likely lost her New Orleans home due to Hurricane Katrina. She and her family have been able to evacuate, but reports have indicated that there is a good chance her home is submerged, and most of her belongings had to be left behind. Purple Jade specializes in accessories, jewelry and home decor items. Her renderings are characterized by a high level of detail; she has a strong eye for traditional Oceanic art, and a solid appreciation of vintage Polynesian Pop. Immediately after the tsunami in Southeast Asia, she donated the proceeds from sales of … Continue reading Tiki Artist Purple Jade Affected by Hurricane Katrina

August 31 Is the Last Day for Discount Hukilau Passes

The Hukilau is happening October 6-8 (boy, that’s coming up quickly!), and tomorrow, August 31, is the last day to get passes for the event at a discounted rate. Through tomorrow, 3 day passes (Thursday – Saturday) are $35 and 4 day passes (Thursday – Sunday) are $45. After tomorrow, passes go up: 3 day is $45 and 4 day is $55. Individual day passes will be available at the door for each day at the rate of $20. The Hukilau has always been a massive, tent-pole event, and this year is no exception. As if an evening spent at … Continue reading August 31 Is the Last Day for Discount Hukilau Passes

Crazy Al on TV & Runnin' for Charity

Tiki carver and entertainer extraordinaire Crazy Al Evans is going to be on television this week, on TV Guide Channel’s show “Ready Set Change.” He’s part of an episode called “Gilligan’s Backyard,” and he carved tiki #94 during the show. Here’s the schedule for when his episode is airing: Monday 8/29 – 8pm/7pm Central and 11pm/10pm Central Tuesday 8/30 – 12pm/11am Central Thursday 9/1 – 9pm/8pm and 12am/11pm Central Saturday 9/3 – 2pm/1pm Central Sunday 9/4 – 6pm/5pm Central If you are a DirecTV subscriber, TV Guide Channel is 224, and Ready, Set, Change airs at 8pm Eastern (which is … Continue reading Crazy Al on TV & Runnin' for Charity

Opportunity to See Chin Tiki in Detroit

Chin Tiki in Detroit opened in 1967 and has been closed for many years, but is still somewhat intact. There was been much speculation over the years regarding what the eventual fate of the Chin Tiki will be: whether it will be reopened by the owner Marvin Chin, sold and reopened by another owner, or whether it will disappear entirely. The restaurant was used in filming the movie 8 Mile, and was reportedly damaged by the film crew. Now, as part of the Jungle Madness Motor City Tiki Art show happening the first weekend of September, the Chin Tiki will … Continue reading Opportunity to See Chin Tiki in Detroit