Inside the Desert Oasis Room
149 Jerry Berta (the Rainbow Professor) and Mike Souriolle (Gecko)
November 04, 2019 09:15 PM PST
Today we go into Max's South Seas Hideway's private ceramics studio to chat with their in-house sculptor, artist and ceramicist, Jerry Berta to learn about their kiln to table concept in which all tiki mugs, volcano bowls, pupu platters and more are custom made in house for Max's South Seas Hideaway. Also joining us for this episode is our old friend Gecko from South Sea Arts of Hawaii for a historic event - the first pouring, molding and pressing of his Ward Warehouse tiki mugs, the first artist made house mug for Max's, the probable first proper tiki bar to ever exist in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!148 Max's South Seas Hideaway with Mark Sellers & Martin Cate
October 25, 2019 10:32 AM PDT
Today we chat with Mark Sellers and Martin Cate to learn all about Max's South Seas Hideaway. Max's is unlike any Tiki or Polynesian bar or restaurant that's opened in the last 5 decades. It harkens back to the days when a Polynesian bar or restaurant was a grand space, similar to the Polynesian palaces of yesteryear like the Kahiki, the Mai Kai or the Kona Kai. Hear about what it took to bring this venture to life and what the future holds for this spectacular space!
For more information or reservations go to www.maxstiki.com
This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!147 Hale (@listentohale)
October 14, 2019 07:12 PM PDT
Today we chat with musical artist Hale! also known as singer, songwriter and guitarist, Peter Cruz. The last time I chatted with Peter was when he was lead guitarist for island reggae band, Tribal Theory. We recorded this episode on the release of his new solo debut single "Feel That" and sit down for a candid chat about his creative growth, how it has changed and fueled his musical career, and what's in store for the future of Hale Music.
This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!146 Frank Bui
October 04, 2019 09:33 AM PDT
On this episode we chat with Frank Bui! I first met Frank at the inaugural Mahalo Monday monthly tiki night at the prohibition era themed speakeasy, the Blind Rabbit, hidden in the bowels of the Anaheim Packing House. Hear his story of how he went from a decade long career in designing product packaging to becoming one of Orange County's premiere craft cocktail bartenders!
September 23, 2019 10:28 AM PDT
Today we sit down with the crew from Frogtown Brewery and chat with their brewers and beertenders about their new Tiki Series of specialty beers and how they are being developed! Learn about the process behind their popular tiki inspired Painkiller Milkshake IPA and hear a sneak peek of some of exciting upcoming collaborations!
On the Web: www.frogtownbrewery.com
September 13, 2019 10:28 AM PDT
Xavier is one of the producers and partners of a new documentary currently in the works, coming out of Barcelona, Spain called Viva Tiki. This documentary explores the stories and history behind the tiki movement in Spain, who the players were, how it got started, the mugs, the cocktails and more!
For more information on Viva Tiki:
This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!143 Matt Pietrek
August 27, 2019 01:56 PM PDT
Matt Pietrek is the rum and cocktail enthusiast, author and personality behind the popular spirits blog, Cocktail Wonk. He joins the podcast to chat about his new book, Minimalist Tiki. Learn about the concept behind Minimalist Tiki and hear the story of his journey from full time tech writer to full time rum writer!
For more information on Cocktail Wonk:
August 15, 2019 08:43 PM PDT
Matthew Locey was born in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii and lived most of his life in Kaneohe, Oahu. Hear stories from his decades long career in television and film from projects he's worked on including Magnum PI, Baywatch Hawaii, Hawaii 5-0 and most recently, South Seas Cinema. With his masters degree in Polynesian studies we also chat about the sensitive topic of cultural appropriation as well as hear his stories about what life was like growing up on the islands!
For more information on South Seas Cinema:
August 05, 2019 04:06 PM PDT
Ixtahuele is a premiere exotica band from Sweden comprised of musicians that are formally trained instrumentalists in classical and jazz music genres. Today we chat with members Mattias, Johan, Wictor and Henrik about their musical backgrounds, what it's like to perform Exotica music in Sweden and learn about their latest project, the Dharmaland Sessions with special guest Brian Chidester, co-director of the upcoming documentary, "As the Wind" a biography of exotica performer Eden Ahbez.
For more information on Ixtahuele:
For more information on the Dharmaland Sessions:
July 25, 2019 10:02 AM PDT
On this episode we podcast live from San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and bring to you the "Tiki Art & Polynesian Pop in American Culture" panel, moderated by James Wasser. I was privileged to not only document but also participate in this panel along with other luminaries in the current tiki movement, including artists Josh "Shag" Agle, Bosko Hrnjak, Tom "Big Toe" Laura, Suzy "AtomiKitty" Mosher, Devon Devereaux, author Martin S. Lindsay and mug makers Brandon Giraldez & Holden Westland. We chat about each panelists respective contributions, observations and personal perspectives in the modern day tiki movement from the largest Comic, Art and Pop Culture convention in the world, the San Diego Comic-Con!
Fun conversations with artists, musicians, entertainers, historians and more in the tiki, hawaiiana, island, surf, lowbrow and alternative cultures!
I am a Tiki, Hawaiiana and Craft Cocktail enthusiast, avid traveler and adventurer, and proprietor of the Desert Oasis Room located in Corona, California.
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