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44 Jason "Tiki Commando" Alexander
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August 07, 2017 10:08 PM PDT
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Today we speak with Jason Alexander! Jason Alexander along with his partner Robyn Murphy are the owners of Tacoma Cabana in Tacoma, Washington. If you're a tiki person you've probably fantasised about opening your own tiki bar and in this episode we talk about how Jason and Robyn went from running a coffee shop to owning and managing one of the best tiki bars in the Pacific Northwest. Jason tells the story of how they took Villa Caffe and turned it into Tacoma Cabana!

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you, and if you did, please help us keep this podcast on the air with a small donation. Go to polynesianpop.podomatic.com and click on the "donate" button. Every donation, no matter the size, keeps the podcast coming to you every week!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Tiki Oasis. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

43 Jeff "Big Tiki Dude" Hanson
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July 31, 2017 11:03 PM PDT
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On this episode we speak with Jeff "Big Tiki Dude" Hanson. Jeff is a fixture in the Surf Music community. He's not just an enthusiast but he's also a surf music historian and his involvement includes Surfin' Sundays at the Huntington Beach Pier where every summer multiple surf bands come down to the beach and put on a free show. He also organizes the SG 101 Surf Convention every year in which he flies in bands from all over the world for surf music enthusiasts to enjoy.

Lots of information in this episode regarding this genre. I hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as we did recording it. And if you did, I'd like to invite you to help us keep the show on the air. As you know this podcast does not survive without the help of our sponsors or our listeners. So if you'd like to help, please stop by polynesianpop.podomatic.com and click on the donate button. Every donation, no matter how small, keeps the podcast coming to you every week.

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Tiki Oasis. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

42 Charles Phoenix
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July 24, 2017 10:25 PM PDT
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Today we chat with Charles Phoenix! Charles Phoenix is a retro-pop culture humorist, midcentury historian and entertainer. If you've ever attended one of his comedic historic tours or vintage slide presentations then you know what he's all about. We talk about what he does, how he got started, his new book, his new clothing line and much, much more.

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. And, if you did, help keep us on the air by making a small donation. Go to polynesianpop.podomatic.com and click on the donate button. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can help keep new episodes coming to you every week!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Tiki Diablo, Tiki-Ti and Tiki Oasis. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

41 Randy "Chongolio" Bain
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July 17, 2017 08:18 PM PDT
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On this episode, we chat with Randy "Chongolio" Bain. Randy is an artist, vlogger, surfer and California native who migrated to the Hawaiian islands and just celebrated 10 years of living on the island of Kauai. If you've ever fantasied of dropping everything and moving to a Hawaiian island, Randy talks about how and why he did it, the pros and cons of living on Kauai and how it changed him and his perspective on life.

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Tiki Diablo, Tiki-Ti and Tiki Oasis. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

40 Tiki-Ti (the Sequel)
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July 10, 2017 08:06 PM PDT
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A few months ago we released a podcast with Mike Sr & Jr of the legendary Tiki-Ti in Hollywood, California. It was founded by their patriarch, Ray Buhen, one of the original bartenders at Don the Beachcomber, the bar that started tropical craft cocktail mixology and kicked off a decades long era of Polynesian Pop.

I got so much positive feedback from the episode and many requests to do a sequel. Listeners simply wanted more stories about Ray Buhen and the old days of Tiki, so we sat down to record a sequel and in this episode we bring that sequel to you. Mike Sr shares more stories of Ray, the other bars he bartended at and the celebrities they've catered to over the years, including Howard Hughes, Clark Gable, Jack Palance, George Lucas and more!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Tiki Diablo and Tiki Oasis. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

39 Mike Shramek Art
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July 04, 2017 07:19 AM PDT
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On this episode, Boris Hamilton, Frank Bruce and I make a road trip out to Las Vegas, Nevada to have a couple drinks with artist Mike Shramek in his home tiki bar, the Kupa Kai. Mike does some incredible digital paintings that look just like traditional, Polynesian black velvets. We talk about this in additional to some fun, interesting and thought provoking theories about Elvis' death, the first moon landing, mermaid sightings and more!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Tiki Oasis.

38 Jason T Smith
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June 26, 2017 08:33 PM PDT
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On this episode we speak with Jason T Smith. You might know Jason from the reality TV show Thrift Hunters on Spike TV, Thrifty Business with Jay and Nay on YouTube or as the head honcho of The Thrifting Board on Facebook. We have a spirited conversation about Tiki, Thrifting, Game Shows, Reality TV, Life in Las Vegas and more!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Big Toe Art, Tiki Bosko and Tiki-Ti.

37 Steve "The Madman" Huffman
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June 19, 2017 08:15 PM PDT
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Today we chat with Steve "The Madman" Huffman. This one is a "hang-out" episode, the kind of episode I enjoy recording the most, in which we just sit down in the Desert Oasis Room and "talk story" about stupid fun stuff like Egg Yolk Mohawks, Pan Am Parties, James Spader Movies and more!

This episode is sponsored in part by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored in part by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade, Big Toe Art, Tiki Bosko and Tiki-Ti.

36 The Hula Girls
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June 12, 2017 09:08 PM PDT
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On this episode we hang out in The Breezeway with Spike Marble and Shorty Poole of Hulabilly band, The Hula Girls. The Hula Girls combines the music of Rockabilly and old Hawaii to form their own unique kind of sound. They've got a new CD out called Jungle Beach Party and so we talk a little bit about that and of course a bunch of other fun tiki stuff.

This episode is sponsored in part by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUS.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored in part by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Steadfast Pomade and Big Toe Art.

35 Tiki Bosko
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June 05, 2017 06:26 PM PDT
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Bosko was one of the very first urban archaeologists of Tiki and Polynesian Pop starting back in the mid 1980's. His story is unique in that, acting as a "lone wolf" he really had no influences other than himself and what he thought was "cool." He also might have been the first person in the revivalist era to build a home tiki bar space back in the early 1990's, the Kapu Tiki Room, which inspired his design of Taboo Cove, the first real Tiki bar in the revivalist era, once located at The Venetian in Las Vegas. He was also one of the first to start a modern day tiki mug collection and from what we can gather, the first person to start making tiki mugs in the revivalist era.

If you like hearing stories of what all these old Tiki and Polynesian Pop palaces were like before they were shut down, the efforts he went through to save some of the historic pieces in many of them and what it was like to start his now thriving Tiki and mug making business then I think you will enjoy this episode. To see what he is doing today or pick up some of his art, tikis, mugs or paintings go to tikibosko.com.

This episode is sponsored in part by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUS.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

This episode is also sponsored in part by The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach, California. Stop in for a Lapu Lapu, enjoy their delicious brunch or drop by for Happy Hour from 2:30-5:30pm Daily. To make a reservation visit royalhawaiianlb.com

Additional sponsors include Tiki Diablo, Steadfast Pomade and Big Toe Art.

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