My fascination with Polynesian sculptures, wood carvings and Tiki pop culture can be traced back to the early 90’s, when a friend of mine, while still in high school, brought me a Coco Joe’s LAVA God of Money keychain as a souvenir from his trip to Hawaii. Ever since, I’ve been intrigued and fascinated by the highly detailed and profoundly exaggerated tribal masks that populate most of these Polynesian deities. My fascination was recently renewed when another friend of mine got me into Tiki tropical drinks, often served in ultra cool looking hand crafted 12-26 oz Tiki mugs. And then subsequently made me aware of the International Tiki Marketplace that takes place every other month at Don the Beachcomber restaurant and bar in Huntington Beach, CA. We attended the event on Saturday, July 20th. The event costs $10 per person and upon entry, paid guests are given a ticket each which can be redeemed for food or drinks, which is pretty cool. The event hosts 40 Tiki vendors of arts and crafts with live music, great food and of course, great Tiki drinks. I took the opportunity to scout out a couple of wood carvings, sculptures and ceramic Tiki mugs to which to serve our homemade Tiki drinks in.
The event was a success and we took home a pretty good stash of Tiki goodies, not to mention, tried about a third of the Tiki drinks served at Don the Beachcomber: Mai Tai, Painkiller, Royal Navy Fogcutter, Navy Grog, Dr. Funk, Chief Lapu Lapu and Singapore Sling! All in all, we had a great time and we look forward to attending the next International Tiki Marketplace event, which will take place on Saturday, September 7th, 2013!