Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway, Day Two: The Island Marketplace

Island Marketplace - Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Day One of Tiki Kon was jammed pack with Tiki drinks, live bands, and even more Tiki drinks. As much as I would have liked to have slept in Saturday morning, I knew I couldn’t. The Island Marketplace was going on and the good Tiki stuff sells quickly. They say the early bird gets the worm, so I got up, got dressed, choose my aloha shirt for the day, got some Starbucks (hey, I’m from Seattle!), and headed to the Island Marketplace…

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway: Day One – The Wanna Be-52’s

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Next up was not The B-52’s but The Wanna Be-52’s!

This incredible B-52’s tribute band features Tiki Kon’s own Justin DuPre! They rocked the house and played all the hits including Love Shack, Planet Claire and last but not least Rock Lobster! To quote Fred Schneider…. Let’s Rock!

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway: Day One – VIP Reception

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Tiki Kon is always a homecoming of sorts…

The Tiki Ohana is scattered throughout the country and sadly, you can’t be everywhere at once to hang out with all these great people. What can you do? You bring everyone together with a Tiki marketplace, live music, Tiki drinks, and throw in big name Tiki celebrities talking about Tiki. You might call it a reason to book a flight to Portland, Oregon. I’ll call it Tiki Kon!

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Tiki VIP #22 Amanda Hallay (Ultimate Fashion History Channel)

Amanda Hallay“Fashion isn’t an island; it’s a response” –Amanda Hallay

No truer words spoken.

I’m always keeping an eye open for anything Tiki related, TV news spotlights, magazine articles, or even random videos on YouTube. I check it all out! I stumbled upon this video. It’s called Fashion and The Tiki Craze.

Fashion And The Tiki Craze
Fashion And The Tiki Craze

The video itself was just still pictures, but what was being said what spot-on Tiki history! This video wasn’t just talking about why people wore aloha shirts or sarongs, it was explaining how the events of the era created the Tiki craze. I would say this is required viewing for anyone interested in learning about the history of Tiki.

I was so impressed with the Tiki video that I went ahead and checked out another video. I clicked on a video talking about ’50s fashion and it was so engaging that I went ahead to the ’60s fashion video, then the ’70s. These videos are over an hour long and I watched them all in one evening. I couldn’t stop. I was learning history through fashion! The woman behind the Ultimate Fashion History Channel is Amanda Hallay and I knew she needed to be a Tiki VIP. Here is her story…

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Oceanic Arts Whittier, CA (Tropical and Polynesian décor warehouse)

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Let’s go back in time to when it all began…

It’s the late ’50s and you’re a restaurant owner. The Tiki craze is in full swing and you want to open your own Polynesian paradise. Where do you go to buy the Tiki décor that will fill up your establishment? You go to Oceanic Arts!

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