Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Art of Sanjay Patel

I came across this site on Boingboing about an illustrated book of Hindu Dieties by an artist named Sanjay Patel who works as animator for Pixar and who's style has been compared to Mary Blair that I found very interesting. Here is a link to some of Sanjay's Doodles. Very cool lookin' stuff.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Holiday gathering at Hulas Santa Cruz, Ca

A few of the Tiki Central ohana got together for some holiday celebrating at the new Hula's in Santa Cruz for some lively convesation with good freinds, tasty cocktails and some killer eats. We all had a great time basking in the tiki ambiance. The owners did an awesome job of outfitting the new restaurant and bar with some of the finest tiki artist this side of the Hamakua coast. As always Humuhumu has done a nice write up on Humu Kon Tiki.

Santa sits in with Meshugga Beach Party

See more of Santa rockin' out with Meshgga Beach party here.
Happy Huladays to all. I hope everyone had a cool yule

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Tonga Hut Winter Wonderland Art Show

After I saw the pics from the The Tiki Mag release party at the Tonga Hut and reading one of the funniest threads ever on Tiki Central , I knew I just had to burn gears and make a road trip. All the stars lined up so I found myself down in North Hollywood, CA for the Winter Wonderland art show and mug release party at the Tonga Hut. What a gas it was to see all the kick ass tiki art and good friends who live down in the southlands. Big kine mahalos to Atomickitty, Grog, The Tonga Hut crew, all the artists and fine folks who made it out despite the cold, wet wintery weather to make a very entertaining night. Here are some of the pics I took of the evenings festivities.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Movin to Hawaii Update

Things are moving forward at a leisurely pace but I expect to be runnin' full speed by the new year. I have been gathering lots of contacts for people already livin' in Hawaii, talking with everyone I can, gathering info about housing, work and life in general on the islands. It is still all very much up in the air as to what I will be doing for work and on which island. The departure date is still around March or April depending on how everything works out. I may postpone leaving for a month to watch a friends house while they are on vacation to help out, put a few more clams in my pocket and take the time too cross my I's and dot my T's. Of course if anything that can't be passed up comes about, I am ready to shift into high at anytime and accelerate.

I have set up Chongolio's Flea Market as an outlet for my art and the things I am willing to depart with. I have already started posting items with links to purchase through Paypal. I figure I will give my friends, family and Coconut Wired listeners a chance to help out and get first grabs at the stuff they might want. I am going to try and start posting a few more things every week. After some time passes and I still have there is no interest some things will go on the Bay Area craigslist. Whatever doesn't get sold will most likely go into storage or more likely get taken to Goodwill or given away.

Sorting through all my possesions will probably be one of my biggest and hardest challenges. I love my stuff and I have a lot of it. But my gut feeling is to break away from all the clutter and knick knacks I have accumulated and start again all fresh like. At this point, I want to keep and ship my computer, work station, plotter, tools, as well as some shop and art supplies. I think it would be a good move to have the ability to make some kind of side money with graphic design, vinyl graphics and decals once I get out there. I am also really leaning heavily torwards shipping my van too. The benfits of having transportation while trying to get established justify the cost, which is going to run about $1000.00. In a worst case scenario, I could always live out of it and rent some commercial space until I can settle into a comfortable living and working situation.

Alos, I have been keep a steady eye on Craigslist Hawaii for opportunity and I have also been lurking around on and but have yet to post and introduce myself. Maybe after the holiday madness has ended I will come out of the shadows and start posting. Time still appears to be abundant but I know December is going to slip by liked greased bacon after that time is going to start wingin'. I still have lots to do and better keep up with my checklist.
Please feel free to comment, contact or share any of my info with anyone you know who might be able to help out with info, contacts or opportunities in Hawaii. Mahalo.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Coconut Wired Adventure #9

Tiki Artwork complements of Tiki Tony. Zap over to Tiki Tony's website at and fill your orbs with his amazing creations. Why your there be sure to check out some of his new hand crafted mugs. He also has prints available at Falling Cocos.

The MIG are closing in so we are throwin' some dub voodoo into the signal in hopes of throwing the hunters off our trail. Dangerous yes, but necessary! Things may get a little weird but hang in there because this episode is still loaded with flavor. Dig the crazy cool art of Tiki Tony. and the titillating tunes of Surfpatrouille, DJ Heler Selecta, Burnin' Sands, Creepy Creeps, The Von Hodads and Chum.

Also, we are also offerin' for the first time...
The Coconut Wired Character Coffee Mug.

This multiple use coffee mug that has a pic of Monkeypod, Moki and even the lil Coconesian. Chongolio is not on it because he was busy puttin' the art together. but you might find is a note from him near the handle. These babies can be yours for a small donation of $13.99. Right now Cafepress is offering free shipping between Nov 16, 2006 and Dec, 20 2006 on orders over $50.00. So get all your holiday treats bought in one place and save some dough and find a place to keep your extra nuts and bolts.

So come tune in and bug out at Coconut


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hanalei Hotel Waterfall

Here is a quick video clip I threw together after hearing of the demise of the beautiful waterfall in the Island restaurant at the Red Lion Hanalei hotel in San Diego. You can read the sad news at Joel Delanoreis's Blog. Humuhumu has more news and some neat old postcard pictures of the Hanalei hotel over on Humu Kon Tiki (November 11)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

TikiBar TV comes to Pittsburgh.

click image to enlarge.

Lala, Dr Tiki and Johnny Johnny are all gonna be hangin' out with the folks from libsyn during Podcamp Pittsburgh. The event is free for Podcamp attendees.

Sat Nov 11th
8.00-11.00 pm
Tiki Lounge
2003 E Carson St
Pittsburgh (South Side) PA 15203

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Tiki Kings Surf Fluke

Tiki King's fourth design for the Magic Fluke Company. The Magic Fluke Company had T.K do a custom "designer" edition Fluke. He does the Art, they build the Flukes, we get a treat! These are concert scale, awesomely accented with a walnut neck, rosewood fretboard and natural wood bridge. These special edition Surf Flukes are specially printed reproductions of original Artwork by Tiki King! A fun piece of Art you can play with! $275.00 includes a padded gig bag with shoulder strap.
For more about Tiki King's Art work CLICK HERE

Friday, November 03, 2006

Tiki Magazine release party and art show

The release of the latest Tiki Magazine at The Tonga Hut, November 11th, 2006 at 7:30 PM 12808 Victory Blvd. at Coldwater Canyon in North Hollywood.

Come Check out Tiki Magazine's issue six and meet Tiki Tony
the latest cover artist. Tiki Tony will also be releasing his latest tiki mug. There will also be some of the other awesome artists who will be there with art for show and sell including Squid, Ken Ruzic, Kirby, Suzanne Mosher, Johnny the Pinstriper, and others. As a drink special All drinks from the "Liquid Exotica" list will be discounted.

I wish I could make it down for this one but need to stay underground for a while. I will bet there in spirit my Tiki compadres. Have fun!

More info and fun facts at:
Humu Kon Tiki

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tiki Art Show & Sale Oct 29, Modesto, CA

Come join Myself, Jungle Trader, Dr Tiki Mojo, The Diva Pin-up, Mighty Mick and more for an afternoon of tiki art, food and drink at Minnie's in Modesto. Sunday October 29. 1-5 pm.
107 Mc Henry Ave, Modesto, CA.
See ya there!!

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Concaves at The Crow's Nest In Santa Cruz

CANCELED!!! The Crow's Nest screwed up and double booked, But the Concaves say they will be back!

Buy the Concave's CD "Warning Heavy Surf Advisory No comments:

Friday, October 06, 2006

LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA
1205 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, Ca 95062
The 2006 Pacific Rim Film Festival presents
"A Night of Aloha" Closing Night Benefit Event
LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man
A documentary film by Eddie and Myrna Kamae. Award-winning filmmakers of the Hawaiian Legacy Series .Script by Santa Cruz author James D. Houston
Named One of the Ten Best Documentaries of the Hawaii International Film Festival (First Ten Years).
Eddie and Myrna Kamae will be here in person. Live Hawaiian music with Eddie Kamae and special guests.
Hula dancing by Ladies of Mehana
Funding provided by the Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust.
Sponsored by the Aloha Island Grille.
All proceeds benefit the Pacific Rim Film Festival.
Show time: 7:00pm
Admission: $15.00
Advance tickets available at: Logos Books and Records, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Westside Stories, Aloha Island Grille, Cabrillo College Watsonville Center
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man is the first film by filmmakers Eddie and Myrna Kamae. It premiered in November 1988 at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and was the Closing Night Film at the 1989 Pacific Rim Film Festival. This one-hour documentary is about the music of Hawaii. It is also the story of a place, the Big Island's legendary Waipi'o Valley, and a man whose music was nurtured by that place. Born in 1881, Sam Li'a Kalainaina was a man of an older time whose 94 years bridged two centuries and two ways of life.
Li'a's music inspired Eddie Kamae to preserve this man's unique legacy on film. Eighteen years in the making, this was the first film directed by Kamae, a widely respected performer, singer and a musical legend in his own right.
Combing interviews, spectacular scenery, and original songs performed by Eddie's band, The Sons of Hawaii, Li'a is a touching tribute to a gentle-spirited and unforgettable man. As was noted in CINEVUE Magazine (New York, 1990), " . . . the film imparts a deep sense of the traditional Hawaiian balance between the people, their music, and the land. It has the important (and rare) touch of a filmmaker who has taken the time to truly understand his subject."
For more information on the Hawaiian Legacy Series of documentary films by Eddie and Myrna Kamae go to

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tikis and Terrors

Artwork by Heather Watts

Exhibition and Reception
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
at Enchanted Deva's Last Wish Revenge N' Treasures
(LA’s only dedicated Pirate store!)
5050 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Enchanted Devas
6p.m. - 12 a.m.

The Tikis and Terrors Safari Company presents: The Spooky Luau Group Art Show
(a continuation, with new additions of the Tikis and Terrors II: the 2006 Lost Expedition)

Idols, Artifacts, Curios and Oddities collected and catalogued by surviving expedition members

Signed numbered edition giclee prints of artist Heather Watts’ paintings ”Insert Coin” and ”Offerings” will be for sale at this show along with works by Kirsten Easthope, Derek Yaniger, Crazy Al, Squid, Kalynn Cambell, Tom "THOR" Thordarson, Sam Gambino, David Lozeau, Steven "Tiki Racer" Foote, Mark Swanson, Tiki Tony, Ernie Keen, D.W. Frydendall, Johnny "Pinstriper" Steur, Susannah Mosher, Dispikable Pirates, Eric Zerkel, Ken Ruzic, Adriana Galvez, Joe Vitale, Dave Burke, Dave Silva, Tiki King, The Pizz, Gris Grimly, Tiki-Ray, Kirby, Louis Hansell, Mike Sosnowski, Scott Tolleson, Brad Parker "TikiShark"...and more...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hawaii Bound

Dreampoint by Chongolio

Well the word is out, some of my close friends, family along with a few of the folks who made it to the Forbidden Island Sale-a-bration are already in the know. I am making the move to Hawaii in March 07. That is when my current lease in Scotts Valley will be up and the time to make the jump. I have been waiting and waiting for everything in my life to be in cosmic synchronicity but have come to the conclusion that may never happen. So since I don't have a girlfriend, wife, kids, pets, house or car payment I decided now is the time to fulfill my life long dream of living in and exploring the South Pacific. What I do have is a small debt that I hope to get under control over the next 6 months. I have for the most part shut down my graphic design studio and have taken a job working with a company called Blue Monitor as a Project Manager. I will continue to do graphic design work on the side but will be very particular about the side jobs I take on. Basically only the ones that pay. I will also keep on the artistic tip and keep crankin' out art to sell to help get me on my way

I am not sure how everything will work out as far as housing and a job, I am not even sure of which Island I will end up on. I do have preferred locations in mind, Kauai, The Big Island or Maui in that order, and would like to work in some kind capacity as artist/ graphic designer, but understand that I may have to work my way into it and that it may take some time. My plan is simple, throw out the net and see what I can pull in before I get out there. I would like to make the hop and have some kind of job lined up and dialed in with at least a couch to crash on when I hit the ground. In the mean time I will be selling off everything that has no meaning or sentimental value. I am still deciding on shipping my van out there. At this point it looks like the best idea because I can easily live out of it if I have too.

So keep checking back to read more about one monkey boy's adventures encountered when relocating to Hawaii. You also are invited to add your two coconuts and if you got a tip or a lead lay it on me!.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hooptylau 2006

Artwork by Chongolio

Hooptylau has come and gone. What a great time we had roamin' the soon to be destroyed streets of Pollardville, eatin' chicken and drinkin' at the central Valley''s most unique waterin' holes. Tikicleen and the Drunken Hat, owners of the Dark Marq Room, are most gregarious and the perfect hosts. Jungle Trader and his Ohana are just as kind and gracious for opening up their homes to us blurry eyed and trail weary travelers . Thanks to everybody who made it to this year's Hooptylau making it another rootin' tootin' success. Below are a few of my pics. More can be seen at Tiki Central.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Adventure #7 Lazy Daze of Summer

Come and get it! Episode 7 is up and floating on the Ether. This episode is featuring the jaw dropppin' and eye poppin' art of Doug "Swampfire" Horne. We took the summer off for some much needed R&R, but we are back and bringin' you ear candy from The Glasgow Tiki Shakers, The Thunderchiefs, The Mercury Four, The Infrareds, The Volcanos, and Buck James & the Bullwhips . Blink on over to and see whats been going on over the summer. Simply click the "pod" icon left of the title and you should be able to check it out if you have a recent version of Quicktime. iTune users CLICK HERE. Or better yet subscribe, it's free!

Ruins of the Ancient Temple on the Mysterious Mountain Top by Chongolio

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Forbidden Island Sunday Marketplace Extravaganza! Sept 24

This in from Martiki at Forbidden Island:


Were proud to announce the first ever Forbidden Island Sunday Marketplace Extravaganza!

Um, maybe Parking Lot Sale-A-Thon!

Or Forbidden Island Exotic Sunday Sale-a-bration!

Or, hell, I dont know.

But heres what I do know: You dont want to miss Forbidden Island on Sunday (Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!) September 24th from 3-7pm, as we close our parking lot off to bring you an exotic marketplace like no other!

Well feature vendors selling Tiki, Hawaiiana, Vintage Clothes, Vinyl, and much, much more. Featuring:

The Forbidden Island Lost Treasures Collection: Peer deep into the buried treasure of Forbidden Island, and take home something special for your hut! Including rare art and carvings from the islands and the TC Ohana: All the stuff we cant use can be yours! Plus loads of bamboo to decorate your own little FI.

The Unloved Martiki Collection: Take home my crap! Please! Mugs, paper goods, lamps, carvings, and more! Hidden gems at low, low prices!

Drink Specials!


Rodeo Clowns!

Holy shit!

Just be there!

Forbidden Island
1304 Lincoln Ave (at Sherman)
Alameda, CA

Directions and more: Forbidden Island's website

I will be there with some art, tiki doodads and other cool stuff. If you can gather up some friends come on check it out and get your drink and Tiki on.

Hope you everyone had a bitchin' summer,


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Tiki Invasion at Mission Tiki

Well I had a great time on my road trip to The Tiki Invasion. It turned out to be a scorchin' day but the bands were hotter, the drinks were cool and all the people who came from near and far really looked to be enjoying themselves. Big thanks to Teri and David and all the fine folks involved with putting together a heck of a party to help celebrate 50 years of Drive-in movie goodness at The Mission Tiki Drive-In. Here are a few of my pics with a few of the Ghastly Ones taken by Big Tiki Dude:

Saturday, July 22, 2006

San Francisco Tiki Crawl 2006 Photos

Here are all my pics from the San Francisco Tiki Crawl 2006. What a great time!! Hanford and Humuhumu did a fantastic job of keeping the show runnin' smooth and making sure everybody was enjoying themselves. It was great to meet up with some of the old friends and meet some new ones. Unfortunately, the timw went by to fast and I was unable to talk with everybody. Well there is always next year!! (To see all the pics, be sure to let the slide player cycle through the pics a few times.)

Coconut Wired adventure 6

Episode 6 is now waiting to be download and served up sizzlin'. Episode 6 features the fantastic art of Ken "Lil Lost Tiki" Ruzic. Sadly, this episode finds the gang a little down in the mouth and lost in the deep dark jungle. But that didn't stop us from steppin' up and bringing you some tasty tunes from The Langhorns, The Southern Beach Terror, The Ghastly Ones, The Surfites, The Reckless Reefers, and a song from Clouseaux's NEW CD Beyond Good and Evil . Click on over to to give the show a look and listen. Simply click the "pod" icon left of the title and you should be able to check it out if you have a recent version of Quicktime. iTune users CLICK HERE. Or better yet subscribe, it's free!


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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Cherry Capri at Gathering of the Tribe

Cherry Capri visits Bamboo Ben's Hukilau

Friday, June 30, 2006

Tiki Invasion

The Mission Tiki is extremely excited to annouce "TIKI-INVASION", our ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT, COLASSAL 50th Anniversary bash on Saturday August 5th!





Make your car sparkle at the BIKINI CAR WASH!

BRING your UKULELE, help us set the most UKULELES record! SHOP for all kinds of cool stuff from dozens of AWESOME VENDORS! SPONSORED in part BY VOODOO SPICED RUM! HOLY COW! More info at

10789 Ramona Ave. (Corner of Mission & Ramona)
Montclair, CA 91763

I will be there with info and swag from Octane Radio and will have also have my art decals for sale. It's gonna be a hoot!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Tiki Farm Coloring Book

Tiki Farm has put up a link to a neat coloring book type of drawing for you to color in when the boss isn't looking. This is part of a series offered by Tiki Farm featuring the art of Ken Ruzic. The actual picture kits are going to come with pens for coloring and the art will be poster sized. (I cheated and did mine in photoshop.) These things are a great way to keep boredom at bay when the surf is flat. Get yours HERE.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Coconut Wired Adventure #5

Episode # 5 is now available to download, crank up and stick into your ears. This episode features the tiki carvin's of my good buddy Jim "Polynesiac" Depompei and finds Moki and Monkeypod hosting the show while trying to shake Chongolio out of a zombie funk. Oh, the perils of planetary astro projecting. Da boyz played some Brain snappin' tunes by Pozor Vlak, Surf Report, The Aquamen, The Aquamarines, Secret Samurai and Alan Jenkins and the Thurston Lava Tubes
Point your browser over to Just click the "pod" icon left of the title and you should be able to watch and listen if you have a recent version of Quicktime. iTune users CLICK HERE. Or better yet subscribe, it's free!


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hillbilly Surf Stomp in Santa Barbara, CA

Click on Image to see larger. Art work buy Teri at Stuff-o-rama

This sound like more than wrasslin' nekid with an octopus. If your in or around, Santa Barbara ON MAY 20th you definitely have to Check this out! Take a look at this line up: The Cadillac Angels, Kelp, The Hydromatics, The Phantom Riders, and Perro de la Muerte! More info available at the Cadillac angels Website.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Chongo's Oasis 6 Pictures

Well as you can see a good time was to be had in San Diego this last weekend. Maybe to much fun. It sure was fun seeing all my old friends and meeting some new ones too. Big thanks to Onatiki and Moki for showing me there awesome pad. And of course more rounds of thanks to Otto, Baby Doe, all the entertainers, The Cult of The Eye and the other room crawl hosts and everyone else who's efforts went into makin' this event rage.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Tiki Oasis 6 in San Diego May 4th-7th

Less than a week to go...can you feel the excitement in the air? That's the mana of Tiki Oasis 6. Which is coming up next week. I am soooo looking forward to this event. There is gonna be good friends to see again and new ones to meet. Excellent music by the Sand Devils, The Martini Kings, Ape, King Kukulele and more! There will also be an Ukulele Jam led by my good buddy Iuka Grogg from The Mai Kai Gents, beautiful burlesque dancers, a magic show by James Dimmare, Two days of shoppin' at the Tiki Market Place and more fun then words can explain. Check out the The Tiki Oasis Website to see everything that is going to be poppin' off. If you haven't done so yet ya better get your tickets and get on down to the Hanalei Hotel and get set to get your Tiki on! If you see some dude wearin' a Coconut Wired shirt, say Aloha to him it will be me!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Forbidden Island

So if you haven't heard yet the Forbidden Island in Alameda opened this last weekend and it was unbelievable! I went over for the Tiki Central pre-party to meet up with some old friends and meet some new ones and was completely blown away by what was waiting for us there. A broke da mouth buffet of authentic Hawaiian fare, Hula dancers from the local Halau, and tasty drink specials. This tiki bar, on the tiny island of Alameda, sets the standard for what a tropical waterin' hole should look, sound and taste like. With an impressive drink menu, that includes Kick the Reverb's "Comb Over" and Monkey Man's "Monkey Pod." Here is what the tiki nation is saying about The Forbidden Island:

"Pictures can't convey the best part about Forbidden Island -- the astounding drinks. The quality and variety is simply stupendous."

"Forbidden Island is a class A type flagship of what a Tiki bar should be. You would be foolish not to pay this place a visit."
...Unga Bunga

"Finally there is a new tiki bar that does everything perfectly, as I would like to believe it was like going to Don the Beachcomber's in the past. Other new tiki bars have opened (and closed) that have great decor, good drinks, and nice atmosphere. But never to the extent that Martiki, Mike, and Mano have done with Forbidden Island."
...The Jab

"This is by far the coolest tikibar i have ever been to! the decor totally blew me away. especially when you realize that these guys and gals only had 6 weeks to complete it! all the little details make FI soooo cozy and inviting!"
...The Drunken Hat

"What makes me happiest of all is that this lounge can clearly succeed EQUALLY with vintage tiki bar lovers, serious drinkin' folk and the public at large."
...Tiki Vixen

I must say that Forbidden Island is the hippest and most beautiful establishment on the Island. Based on very positive feedback from patrons, I expect that it's presence is much appreciated. There's nothing like it on the island -- or elsewhere for that matter.
...Coco Loco

...Mr Smiley

If you happen to find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of the San Francicso bay area you have got to stop in and experience the enchanted magic that Martiki, Conga Mike, his Brother Mano, Bamboo Ben and their family and friends have created.

Photo compliments of the lovely Humuhumu. See her blog for even more info on The Forbidden Island and the Ohana Hut

And if that wasn't enough, Stuckie brought the first Ohana Hut to come out of the kiln. The prototype was a hit and Hanford, Stuckie and myself got too christen it at the forbidden Island with a mystery drink. Very Stoked!! They should be going into production very soon after Stuckie makes a few slight modifications to the mold. Unga Bunga, Stuckie and I all drove up to Alameda together and so I had the oppurtunity to talk with Stuckie about quite a few different things. The guys is cool and an artistic powerhouse whos talents go far beyond the world of mug makin' Definately check out his handiwork at mug makin and web design and flash programming at the Munktiki web site he created.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Let's Go SpaceWalking

And yet another cool video on You Tube. This one features the music of The California Del Reys. I am trying to dig up more info on those dudes. There sound is far out and puts me into orbit!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Twang Ten Cowboys Video

I came across this video of the Twang Ten Cowboys on You Tube and thought I would give it a share. The drummer Stretch is a local friend of mine who was also the drummer for the now defunct Submersians. Big Wave Dave the bassist also played locally in the band The Tube Sharks. Here is the info take from Nicscratch's post on You Tube.

This band was a side project for THE WEST COAST ROLLERS guitar player Ron Jr. He teamed up with local surf drummer Stretch and bass player Big Wave Dave - they had only practiced once before they played this gig at a coffee house in Santa Cruz, California.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Rapa Nui Travelogue

This in from my good friend Tiki Chris. Chris is the author of the Kamapua'a series that I illustrated, did the page layout and put together. Emilia, Chris's wife, took some amazing pictures when they were visiting Easter Island last year. I am really excited to see what they have put together. Here is a description of thier project from Tiki Chris himself:

The blog is a humble attempt to keep abreast of the news pertaining to one of the world's most fascinating places - Rapa Nui. I hope to present current news about the island, its people, and its culture in such a way as to allow readers to determine their positions for themselves. Of course, comments and opinions pertaining to Rapa Nui from readers are certainly welcome and even encouraged.

Recently, I fulfilled a lifelong dream by visiting Rapa Nui, an adventure chronicled in a 22-page travelogue, The Law of the Island: A Rapa Nui Travelogue. More about The Law of the Island can be found at

By no means do I see myself as an expert on all things Rapanui neither do purport to represent the views of anyone, let alone those of the Rapanui people. With that said, I certainly welcome any suggestions and leads from others interested in staying up-to-date on Rapa Nui happenings.

I've already posted a few pieces - about the plans to build a casino on the island and about the moai that is to be returned to the island from buenos aires.

Tiki Chris

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Surfin' Sunday Concert Series in Huntington Beach

Here is the schedule for the 2006 concert series at the Huntington Peir. I am going to try and get down south for at least one of these shows. Looks like another awesome slew of shows and in my humble opinion the number one reason why Huntington Beach deserves the title of Surf City. I pulled this info off of Take a look at this impressive list of bands that will be playin'

International Surfing Museum 2006 Concerts 411 Olive St. 714-960-3483 The popular concerts in the Museum parking lot are coming back for a 5th season. Over 100 different bands from all over Southern California and the world have performed for the Museum. The concerts feature the original 1st wave 60's era bands to the 2nd wave bands from the 70's and 80's to the current 3rd wave bands. The concerts are two Sundays per month from April to October in the Museum parking lot. Occasionally, the concert series moves to the Pier Plaza Amphitheater.

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Location: 411 Olive Ave HB 92648 Corner of Olive & 5th
Pier Plaza Amphitheater. Location: 315 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach North side of the pier
Check our website events section for the latest information

APRIL 2, 2006 Relics - Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Surfing band The Relics with Dan Looney, Mulu Iakopo, Dan Jette and Joe Winders' surf, rock and blues at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, 412 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Call: (714) 960-3483.

April 9, 2006 Band - Surfing band The Neptunes with Tom Walzem with double-necked guitars blazing in from Fresno. at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, 412 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Call: (714) 960-3483.

APRIL 23, 2006 Secret Samurai Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Some of the original “Surf Report” band members with a saxophone added. April 23, 2006 Band - Surfing band Secret Samurai which was formed from the disbanded Surf Report from San Diego, plays at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, 412 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Call: (714) 960-3483.

MAY 7, 2006 Pier Plaza Amphitheater. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deep Sea, The Fabulous Planktones back for their usual high energetic visit.
Surf Kings Step Into Liquid Legends sold out the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano
Flowmasters (Huntington Beach Longboard Club loves these guys).
Surfaris with Jim Fuller, back from their 2nd European tour and hotter than ever.

MAY 21, 2006 Torquays - Museum parking lot Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
We are blessed with one of the Torquays rare appearances

JUNE 4, 2006 Pier Plaza Amphitheater. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Marauders Opened for Dick Dale New Year’s Eve 2005 at the Coach House
Boardwalkers Dan & the boys are back to knock your socks off
Detonators I guarantee you can’t sit still with these guys playing
Insect Surfers Even a 55 gallon drum of Raid can’t stop these insects
The Eliminators Exotic sounds & Bill Swanson on the sax are a sweet combination

JUNE 11, 2006 Museum parking lot..…TBA. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

JUNE 25, 2006 Museum parking lot…..1:00 Pm to 3:00 Pm
Pacific HeadhuntersTwins, a sax & drums are a winning combination for this group
Brian Jay & the Rockin JestersRich Knight’s rockabilly with a surf twist kind of fun

JULY 9, 2006 ReventlosMuseum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Latest Cd “Palace of Sound” pays honorable mention to HBISM & Linda Miller

JULY 16, 2006 Breakaways Museum parking lot….1 to 3 p.m.
Who brought us Gidget, return with their traditional music to delight us all. Gidget’s book is available in our gift shop but she will not be with us this year due to illness.

JULY 23, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Glasgow Tiki Shakers Requested to open for Madeira and are very excited about it
Madeira from Michigan traveled a considerable distance to bless us with their appearance

AUGUST 6, 2006 Pier Plaza Amphitheater. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fabulous Nomads faithfully with us every year since the inception of Surfin Sundays
Pollo Del Mar from San Francisco Zippityduda stoked you’re coming back
CHUM, Dynamite Thanks to Adrien Anthony for bringing us such great new bands
Slacktone Dusty, Dave & Sam take energy to an all-time new level
Outer Wave Always a great favorite, back with more power & grace

AUGUST 13, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Wave Invasion…2006 Orange County Music Award Surf genre nominee

AUGUST 20, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Buddy Dughi Combo a more traditional rockabilly sound than Hot Rod Trio

AUGUST 27, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
The Sound Waves 2005 Warner Grand Theater Battle of the Bands Recipient

SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 TBA………..Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2006 TBA…………...Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Duotones Gil Orr & Paul Johnson Jam session returns with all new surprises

SEPTEMBER 24, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Goofyfoots It’s always nice to have their great sounds with a flare all their own.

OCTOBER 1, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Reckless Reefers brand new group referred from Jeff bigtikidude that looks quite promising

OCTOBER 8, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
“Art of Surf Drumming” Dvd release party…Bob Colwell produced this DVD we’ve all been waiting for this past year….Tentative subject to change…

OCTOBER 15, 2006 Museum parking lot. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Verbtones from Oregon…with Kyle Alaniz comes to us thru Jeff bigtikidude Hanson

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Get Well Soon Shirley!

Unfortunate news for the Ukulele Community. A few weeks ago Shirley Orlando who is an ukulele playin' extraordinaire and one of the driving forces of Uke For Troops was in a pretty bad car wreck. This info is off of Jim Beloff"s website Fleamarket Shirley was in a bad auto wreck. Broken ribs, punctured lung. She'll be okay but is in sore shape. The bottom line is she was hit while going thru' a green light by a "big car" running a red light.....plowed right into her side. She had to be pried out. As noted above at least a couple broken ribs and punctured lung. At first someone thought she had a broken hand but it's more like jammed or strained. She's in good spirits. Send your get well cards to Shirley's shop
The Island Baazar
582 Gothard Street, Suite R
Huntington "Surf City" Beach, CA 92647

Also, Braddah Piko did an interview with Shirley on his podcast The Hawaiian Concert Guide about Uke For Troops. Go to Piko's site and do a search for Ukes For Troops to give it a listen.

Coconut Wired Adventure #2 Uploaded

Co•co•nut wi•re n. The communication of native island people by using the word of mouth telegraph system. 2.) Chongolio’s pirate podcast.
Co•co•nut wi•red adj. The act of being tuned into the Lost-Isle’s phantom frequency and filling your senses with Sonic Surf, Tropical Tunes and Exotic Ambiance brought to you from Chongolio and his far-out Freinds.

Ok...If you haven't heard yet Moki has uploaded the second episode of Coconut Wired. This time Monkeypod and I are podcastin' from the lagoon while the crew of trained monkeys retrieve the rest of our supplies from the Liki Tiki. This episode features the music of Tiki King and the Idol Pleasures, Kelp, The Cadillac Angels, Ape and whole lot more! So kick up your heels and get ready to have your ear holes filled with some KILLAH tunes and your eyes treated to the artwork of Noah Snodgrass & Shawn Dickinson from Untamed Highway and the knock out art of Sam Gambino If you like what you see and hear be sure to help support the bands and artists by picking up their CDs and artwork. You can also help too keep the adventures going by purchasing any of the Chongolian Swag I have available at Chongolio's Tiki Surf Shack or on ebay at the The Lost-Isle Trading Post. Don't be shy too write me with your comments, suggestions and feedback on the show.

Are you in a surf, exotica or Ukulele or tropically inspired band? Let me know and I will try to get you into an upcoming episode.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Stuckie at Munktiki is on fire!

Wowzerz! Stuckie from Munktiki is in the groove and making mad progress on the Ohana Hut. Hold onto your jawbone and spock these progress shots he recently posted on Tiki Central. I spoke with Stuckie for a bit and he hopes to get the mold finished within the next week. Final details for the opposite and back walls have been tossed around and are waiting for a final OK from Hanford.
This shot features the original Tiki Central mug and mascot Shecky who was designed several years ago by my multi talented friend Tikifish.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Diddle-Iddle-Oo Tabu Tiki Wear

OK, I was inspired by the Brady Bunch Tiki thread over on Tiki Central and decided to design a "Diddle-iddle-oo" white shirt and a surf hoodie. Done in that cool seventies surf style, these items will appease most angry gods and may even bring you some good luck. However, this shirt will not protect you from Tarantula bites, thing falling off walls or heavy wipe outs!

Surf Hoodie - $28.00

Warm Sleeve - $23.99

Check these and other designs out at my Cafepress shop

If there is any interest I may add the design to other products. Input and feedback is always appreciated!

Ohana Hut Progress

Stuckie over at Munktiki posted some progress shots of the Ohana Hut on Tiki Central over the weekend. For those who don't know about the Ohana Hut scroll down a few blog entries for more info.
Stuckie has been super busy lately but is still finding the time to get the Ohana Hut into production. Still a few questions remain about the actual size, it looks pretty hefty judging by the pics, and we are all still deciding what should go on the outside wall opposite the weapons and the uke. A few good ideas have been thrown into the hat and I will let you know once a decision has been made. I am sure no matter what gets put on the walls this mug is gonna drop some jaws!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

New T-shirts from Monkeyman Design

Yeah buddy! Monkeyman has got the shirts in all kinds of colors and sizes and they look DELUXE! I just got my black T, now I need to get a pic and zap it over to him for his website. The M-man wants to see all his shirts in action from around the globe. Word has it France, Hawaii and Canada are already savvy in the ways of Monkeyman mania. You better get hip while you can! And fon't forget to send a pic of you sportin' it around the local village to . Also, check in on Monkeymans's thread on Tiki Central for a few more pics of his colorful shirts in action

If you haven't already seen it, check out the custom frame he did for Sneakyjack from Baribault Creationz! Featuring the unreal print of "Pineapple Express" by Drew Brophy This frame was handcrafted in the amazing Monkeyman style with massive dedication to da details mon! Total eye melting goodness, If you stare at The Monkeyman's artistic creations too long you will go blind. I'm warnin' ya!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Hawaiian Concert Guide

So if you love Hawaiian music and culture then you got to check out The Hawaiian Concert Guide! In his podcast, braddah Piko lets you know who is playing and where. He also interviews and plays tunes from musicians and spotlights the up and coming. I really dug the job he was doing so I zapped him and email and told him so. Turns out he needed some art for his site and he asked me to help him out. So together we came up with the eye candy you see above. Hey check out Piko's Podcast and the contest he his having. A hui hou.