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  • And We WON This Week’s Contest!!!!!!!

    Posted on July 29th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    tiki-torchesThanks to the guys at Tiki brand for getting back to us about the video…ours got posted and WON this week’s contest! We’re very excited to be a part of this fun contest, and had a great time putting our video together, and we won a prize for it!!!

    THERE’S STILL TIME TO ENTER YOUR VIDEO! Check it out at contest runs through July 31 so hurry up and get your video in! Be sure to check out the other fun vids in the contest:

  • Our Video is UP! Finally!

    Posted on July 28th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Our video submission for the Tiki Dance Contest is up on contest page on youtube! Check it out here and make sure you leave a comment and/or rating!

    We’re very excited to be in this Tiki Dance Contest. Wish us luck!

  • Our NEW Entry into the Tiki Brand Dance Contest

    Posted on July 27th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 5 comments

    crazy-tiki-on-fireOk, this is kind of funny. As you may know, back in the beginning of July my wife and I decided to shoot and submit a video for the Tiki brand Dance Contest. Tiki brand is the company that makes Tiki Torches and Citronella candles. They’re having this little video contest through YouTube to promote the company. Well, since Colleen and I are natural born hams, with years of theater in our souls, we decided to shoot something silly and fun. We did a sort of Louis Prima/Keely Smith routine, where she dances very beautifully while I act like a complete idiot all around her. We even got our parrot, Rio, in the shoot. And our cat (named Tiki) decided he wanted a cameo. We shot the video on the lanai around our (outdoor) Tiki Bar, and made sure the (electrically lit with flickering bulb) tiki torches were on.

    So we upload the video on Monday, July 13 and wait. Days go by. No video on the contest site. So I email them, and get no response. I twitter them, and get no response. I email them again, nothing. Twitter again, nothing. Post on their Facebook fan page, nothing. Finally, after a week, I found the company’s commercial website, and contacted their home office, asking if the contest had been cancelled, or if it ever was an actual ‘real’ contest to begin with. BINGO! Finally, after 10 days, I get a reply…they are sorry, I should have received an email stating why my video was REJECTED!


    “It appears that your video violates our usage instructions on torches. Our instructions state that we cannot accept videos that show anything contrary to the intended use of the product. All of our torches that we sell are strictly for outdoor use only, and it appears that you have torches lit indoor in your video.”

    Are they bananas? LIT Tiki Torches? in my HOUSE? I guess there are people out there dumb enough to do that, but not this kat. So I replied with a very friendly “You guys are nuts, it’s outside and electric”. I didn’t get a response. So, tonight I reshot a few things, did some creative editing, and re-submitted. The contest ends on the 31st, and the last ‘weekly’ drawing is tomorrow, so I’m probably not going to get my video up on the site on time, since it seems to take them a very long time to do things. I guess they are very laid back at Tiki brand. Anyway, I hope ours does get in, because we put a lot of time into it and had a lot of fun doing it. It would be a shame to be excluded because someone erroneously thought I was trying to burn down my house.

    Here’s the NEW Video. If you’d like to see the original, longer version click here!

  • Murder at the Mai Kai tonight!

    Posted on July 24th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    We’re very excited to see “Murder at the Mai Kai” tonight at the famous Mai Kai Polynesian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I used to own a murder mystery theater company, so I can’t wait to actually be in the audience tonight! I’ll post all about it over the weekend. Mahalos!

  • Hey Tiki Lovers! Don’t Miss The First Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival At The Royal Kona Resort In Hawaii!

    Posted on July 23rd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tikman-3There’s a decades-old feud as to who invented the ultimate Tiki Bar Drink, the Mai Tai…Trader Vic, or Don the Beachcomber. Well at The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, there is no question at all. On August 22, 2009, they will host the first annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival! Unfortunately yours truly will be thousands of miles away in Sunny South Florida, but I promise to have a Mai Tai in spirit.

    For those of you lucky enough to be in the South Pacific, here’s a run-down of the fun (A big thank you to Liz Bell at Royal Kona for providing the information and photos):

    The Mai Tai Marketplace — A gathering of local vendors selling their produce, crafts, art and other local designed, inspired and grown goods!kona-tiki-bar

    Battle of the BBQ — A food tasting competition. Vote as esteemed Big Island restaurants battle it out for title and People’s choice awards for taste and presentation!

    BEACHBUM BERRY Seminar — Be intrigued by the famed rum and tiki expert while he explores the true father of the Mai Tai – a paternity test between Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic!

    Battle for the World’s Best Mai Tai — 24 contestants have been chosen from the many entries to compete for title and the $10,000 CASH prize…don’t miss it!

    royal-konaHAPA — the legendary and award winning duo of Barry Flannigan and Nathan Aweau will enchant the Big Island with their Hawaiian music and hula. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to listen to their magic on the beautiful oceanfront ground of the Royal Kona Resort.

    ALL ENTRIES must be submitted with payment no later than July 29, 2009 — DON’T DELAY!
    Enter your favorite Mai Tai recipe, using Bacardi Rum, and compete to win top honors and the GIANT Cash Prize. A panel of judges will score the recipes based on various factors that will include flavor and presentation. 24 Finalists will be chosen out of all of the registrations who will be required to travel to the Royal Kona Resort for the final ‘Mix Off’ competition. All recipes must use Bacardi Rum. The winning ‘Mixologist’ and their recipe will also be featured in printed material after the competition.

    $25 to register your Mai Tai Recipe and to participate in the competition. Please submit your contact information and we will contact you with a Registration form.
    kona-bar-betterSpecial hotel room rates are available for competitors as well as guests and non-competitors. So if you’re in the neighborhood…

    For more information call 808-270-9780 or email
    Royal Kona Resort
    75-5852 Alii Drive
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740