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  • Huge Tiki Party in Fort Lauderdale – Benefit for Preston Weber – Jr. World FireKnife Champion

    Posted on April 27th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Preston Weber performing his FireKnife routine.

    Preston Weber performing his FireKnife routine.

    If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area on Sunday, April 28, swing by the 5-Points Lounge for a very special Tiki fundraiser.

    Dubbed the “Sunday Aloha Fun-Raiser”, proceeds from this show put on by Polynesian Proud Productions will benefit Preston Weber, 14 year-old Jr. World FireKnife Champion and Fort Lauderdale local. Preston will be flying out to Hawaii in May to defend his title, and this fundraiser is to help him get there.

    The event will feature Polynesian music, live Tahitian drumming of Uhi Api, PolyProud performance, beautiful Hula, RONIN TAIKO (Featuring Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid drumming), special guest performers, $5 Hawaiian Plate Lunch sponsored by the NEW Florida Hawaiian Civic Association, island treats by way of Kauai, from DelaCruz Delights and Onolicious Cakes by Kathleen.

    This event is open to the public, and any donations at the door are greatly appreciated. There will also be raffles and prizes, so throw on your best Aloha shirt and swing down to the 5-Points Lounge, 2608 South Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. There is Free parking in back of building.

    5-Points is located at the KREEPY TIKI PLAZA, “Home of South Florida’s only 20ft. Hula Girl landmark”. Kreepy Tiki Tattoo is a very kool place for vintage & Tiki lovers. They are not only kool kats and kittens who ink some very impressive tattoos, they also carry some vintage clothing and goodies, and have Tiki-esque art by local artists including one of my favorites, De Tiki.

    PRESTON WEBER has been performing since he was 10 years old at the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. He won his first Jr. World FireKnife Championship at 11 (2010), then skipped a year to audition for America’s Got Talent where he placed 49th out of 100,000 auditioned acts. Preston won his 2nd Jr World Championship title at 13 (2012). He is now 14 and looking for his third win! Congratulations and best of luck to Preston…break a leg!

    -Tiki Chris P, Tiki Lounge Talk

  • The Ukulele Makes An Appearance In Time Magazine

    Posted on January 27th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    ukuleleIt seems our little bohemian Tiki culture is expanding further into the mainstream, as evidenced by this very hip and swingin’ article, A String Thing, featured in the January issue of the normally-square Time Magazine. Written by Tim Morrison, the post (woops, I mean article. ha ha) mentions how the Uke has been growing in popularity once again, as proven by millions of YouTube hits featuring contemporary Uke-strumming kats and kittens (as opposed to, as the article reads, Tiny Tim. As if.)

    It goes on to say how the popularity of the instrument is probably based on its low price and ease of use. But we know better…it’s The Tiki Movement, baby, and it’s taking the world by storm! It also mentions that ‘ukulele’ is Hawaiian for ‘jumping flea’. Never heard that before.

    Time Magazine article, A String Thing

    Time Magazine article, A String Thing

    I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to post a full-res copy of the article here, so you’ll just have to buy the mag to read the whole thing. Or get a really good magnifying glass.

    You can get a toy uke for around 20 bucks that you can bang around with to find out if you’ve got enough interest to lay out 40 clams on a decent one. Of course you can pay over a grand for one, if you’re nuts. I have a Collegiate from the roaring 20s that looks kool but can’t be played. Maybe I should invest in a playable one, just for fun.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the music room at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar & Grille. Tiki Lounge Talk…you’re swingin’, strummin’ B-Lounge for exciting ukulele news, and stuff.

  • Waikiki Tiki: Art, History & Photographs by Phillip S. Roberts

    Posted on January 23rd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 13 comments

    waikiki-tiki-bookA few years ago you were lucky to find one or two decent books about Tiki or Hawaiian culture, but the resurgence in the popularity of our favorite bamboo-laden way of life has made it possible for some fine people to publish some fine works.

    Waikiki Tiki: Art, History & Photographs by Phillip S. Roberts is a perfect example of a great Tiki coffee table book. Filled with great photos of everything from Tikis to Tiki Lounge menus, this tome gives another fun look into Hawaii’s and Tiki’s past.

    Here’s a snippet from the Bess Press website: “Honolulu, HI (November 2010) – Bess Press introduces a stylish history of Waikiki tiki. Featuring a collection of archived tiki ephemera, carvings, and photographs, author Phil Roberts gives an evocative pictorial documentation of the past and present Waikiki tiki and the newfound popularity of its culture. waikiki-tiki-inside2As a well-known tiki enthusiast and researcher, freelance journalist, and former local radio personality, Roberts has had a unique and diversified exposure to the changing façade of Waikiki. The collection presented throughout the pages of this book detail over three decades of research.”

    The description of the book reads, “Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs is a contemporary, landscape-styled book that offers a pictorial documentation of the past and present of tiki (and related art forms) throughout Waikiki as well as Hawaii’s island of Oahu. This book displays original photographs that document the tiki art culture scene that blossomed after WWII through its modern forms today. A great many of the images captured in these pages no longer exist in real life. Much of the ephemera and archival material pictured reside only in the author’s private collection.”

    Inside Waikiki Tiki

    Inside Waikiki Tiki

    Another kool book to add to your Tiki collection, Waikiki Tiki will make a groovy addition to your Tiki Bar or swingin’ pad.

    Waikiki Tiki can be purchased through Bess Press online, or through

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the library at (the fictional) Tiki Island Resort, Florida

  • In Honor of Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941

    Posted on December 6th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    I’m saving our weekly Mod Movie Monday for Wednesday this week, in order to post something for Pearl Harbor Day.

    First of all, let me take this opportunity to thank everyone in the armed forces, past and present for keep America safe and strong.

    It kills me that some kats don’t know what this day means. It’s like not knowing what 9/11 is, or Martin Luther King Day.

    Pearl Harbor Day isn’t just the day the Japanese sneak-attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It’s not just the day that pulled America unwillingly, although necessary, into World War II. It’s not just a day that will live in infamy. It’s the day America changed, forever.

    It’s the day that America said, “We’ve had enough.” It’s the day America realized its strength, and began building on that strength. Building airplanes, building ships, and building the strongest, most powerful nation in the world.

    It kills me that so many people have forgotten the lessons our parents and grandparents learned during the Big One. It kills me that people don’t even realize that we are at war today, and that thousands of brave men and women are fighting and dying to keep this country strong.

    scrap-metal-drive-ww2You couldn’t buy a new tire in 1945. For that matter, you couldn’t be a new car. Things like butter, milk, and gasoline were rationed, and when your ration card ran out, you stayed home and ate canned beans. You donated anything you could to the war effort, because you knew if you didn’t you’d be speaking German and listening to um-pah music instead of Duke Ellington. And all that made America strong, made America beautiful.

    I had an uncle in Pearl Harbor. My Grandfather built ships in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. I had another uncle who was a medic in the Navy and one of my family’s best friends when I was growing up had lost both of us legs and most of his fingers to a land mine in France. They were heroes, as are the people of the armed forces today, and the millions who support them. We may not like war, but we know sometimes its necessary to keep our freedom.

    I’ve never served in the military. My uncles and grandparents and parents fought hard and lived through tough times to make sure I would never have to. I get to enjoy the comfort of my Tiki bar, sitting here typing on a technological wonder that was only science fiction when the first Mitsubishi Zeroes’ bombs slammed into the Arizona. I’m sad for those losses, but I’m grateful for what I have today, because of those tough-as-nails guys that came before me.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the deck of the USS Tiki King, somewhere in the Pacific.

    See last year’s post on Pearl Harbor here!

  • Breaking News: Barack Obama Moves American Capitol To Hawaii

    Posted on April 1st, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    President Obama gains support for moving the Nation's Capitol to a Hawaiin Beach Resort

    President Obama gains support for moving the Nation's Capitol to a Hawaiin Beach Resort

    Thursday, April 1, 2010: In an unprecedented Presidential move, President Barack Obama announced today that he’ll be moving the Legislative and Congressional branches of the United States to his native island of Hawaii.

    “The weather’s nicer and I like looking at palm trees,” Obama said early this morning in a press conference. “DC is gray, dull and dreary. Kinda depressing. Hawaii is much more…pleasant. And green. It’s not that easy bein’ green.”


    The New White House & Congress

    When asked if he and his administration could legally make the move, he simply stated, “Yes We Can! This is the kind of change that will be great for Americans, especially this one,” he said pointing toward himself, “and it’ll be a groovy move for tourism to the islands. This is change we can believe in. At least I can, while I’m sipping a Coco Loco Moco with a parrot named Tiwaka at the Tiki Bar.” Obama says he got the idea to move back to Hawaii while reading a story on Tiki Lounge Talk concerning St. Patrick being a Tahitian.

    Republicans immediately attacked the move as a communist threat. Right-wing professional instigator Rush Limbaugh called for immediate action. “…That (Obama) should be impeached! Or, I guess in this case, impineappled! I call for immediate impineapplement of President Obama, him with his dreams of tropical socialist cocktails and immoral Exotica music and Hula dancers and whatnot. Next he’ll enact a law that requires all Americans to opt into a universal Tiki Lounge Program, where we’ll all be forced to drink the Tiki Koolaid!” (note: Tiki Koolaid is one part fruit punch Koolaid, four parts dark rum, bitters, Orgeat syrup and a mint sprig).

    The Senate Chamber will be themed after the Hawaiian Cottage in New Jersey

    The Senate Chamber will be themed after the Hawaiian Cottage in New Jersey

    “What I’m doing will benefit all Americans, not just the poor, or the rich, or the Tiki-minded,” Obama retorted, “By making me happy, looking at palm trees and hula girls, I’ll do an even better job than the fantastical job I’ve been doing leading America.”

    In response, Republican leaders just groaned and rolled their eyes, then went off with their mistresses.

    The move reminds us of a similar attempt to relocate the White House to Texas in 2004. Then President George W. Bush was adamant to change the location of his DC home “from a place with a lot of big scary buildings and old people to a nice little ranch with bunnies and horseys,” but was foiled in the Senate. Republican leaders appeased him by hanging a picture of a ranch outside the oval office window, which fooled Bush into believing he had actually moved.

    The New Trump Tower & Casion, Washington DC

    The New Trump Tower & Casino, Washington DC

    According to a top White House efficiency expert, the cost to move the entire government 5000 miles to Hawaii will be around 3o Billion Dollars. “It’s still a lot cheaper than the war,” commented Hillary Clinton.” Besides, we’re saving a lot of money by leaving those dulls-ville judges behind,” she continued, referring to the Judicial Branch remaining in DC. “To save even more bucks, we’re moving the Supreme Court to a Days Inn in Alexandria, and renting out the State buildings to Donald Trump, who plans to turn The Capitol Building into a casino and strip club. I think he’s renaming it The Capital Strip, but that remains to be seen. Whatever he does, we’ll tax it, and that will help too.”

    Obama has already started moving his family and belongings to the new Capitol, a 40-acre Beach Resort in Honolulu. “I got an ocean view now!” the President exclaimed. “Yeah man, can you dig it, Hawaii’s a lot hipper than DC. So I’m hittin’ a big bird out to that island before another snow storm hits me. I’m out.”

    The last thing President Obama said as he boarded Air Force One bound for Honolulu was, “See you at the Tiki Bar. Oh, and Happy April Fools Day!”