2:30 - 3:30 Jungle
Over the past three years, The Atomic Grog has been the most reliable source of information on the landmark restaurant's closing, sale and restoration. Hayward takes readers inside the hallowed halls with the latest news, photos, and exclusive insights you can't get anywhere else. Join Hayward at Inuhele for an insider's view of the massive undertaking of restoring Tiki history at The Mai-Kai. A longtime journalist and blogger best known as creator of The Atomic Grog, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward covers Tiki culture with an emphasis on The Mai-Kai and its historic cocktails. He shares his experiences and recipes on his blog, which will celebrate its 12th anniversary in April. One of the most popular features on the website is The Mai-Kai cocktail guide, featuring deep back stories and recipes for not only the current drinks but also "lost cocktails" from the past. His tribute recipes are favorites among home bartenders and have also been served in Tiki bars around the world. Follow the blog at TheAtomicGrog.com, plus Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
2:30 - 3:30 Lanai
Thinking about building or further developing your home Tiki bar? Consider Tiki Tom-Tom's sixteen-point navigation system based on his visits and in-depth interviews with the owners of 75 home Tiki bars across the continental United States. Be one of the first to hear about the NavPoints system before it comes out in his upcoming book - Polynesiacs.
2:30 - 3:30 - Upstairs - Room 359
What was your first tiki mug? Favorite drink? First time you ended up with a lampshade on your head?
Come meet your fellow tikiphiles and learn about the DON'T MISS activities during the weekend. If nothing else, come say hi to Jonathan. Newbies and old hands welcome. Either way, you won't want to miss this because we will have small group Q&As, games, and a free prize inside!
Come and go as you like. This is brought to you and conducted by Jonathan of Horror In Clay.
Sponsored by Edinburgh Gin
4:00 - 5:00PM - Jungle
Gin, like all other spirits, took a back seat to rum in the world of tiki. Ironically, the repeal of prohibition helped gin back into the popular imagination while ushering a surplus of rum into tiki. But over the decades, gin made its way into classics like fog cutters, scorpions, and the Saturn. Today gin continues to shoulder its way into tiki drinks and culture with the help of creative mixologists. In a special symposium, Tim will introduce us to the history, flavors, and cultural impacts of gin since its creation centuries ago. He'll also cover its impact on tiki drinks and culture beginning mid-20th century and its growing role today. You don't have to be a big fan of gin to attend, but hopefully this insightful discussion will help turn you in that direction!
4:00 - 5:00PM - Jungle
Tavi and Keoki share what they know about traditional Ukulele and share how they came to love this instrument.
Sponsored by RocketBetty Designs - Tiki 101
4:30 - 5:30PM Lanai
Tie one on! Learn to tie your lavalava, pareo, or sarong with Margo Scott of Rocket Betty Designs. Join us as we take a take trip through the South Pacific islands to learn about the history of these traditional garments worn by men and women throughout Polynesia and beyond. We’ll learn how they are worn, by whom, multiple different ways to tie them, and what differentiates a sarong from a lavalava or a pareo. With Margo leading the class, you can bet that there will be hilarious demonstrations as well as time to try your hand at tying and wearing one. Note: If you have a lavalava, pareo, or sarong please bring it and get ready to tie one on!
5:30 - 6:30 Sandbar
5:30 - 6:30 Jungle
Can you build an amazing tiki bar in an apartment? Definitely yes! Todd Hawkins will discuss the Hollywood Lanai - A small piece of paradise in the City of Angels.This small but dense 4x3 home bar was built in an apartment in 2016. This symposium will talk about the process and takeaways of building the bar or any small home bar in a very limited small space. Learn tips and tricks and get ideas for your own home bar build and what all is possible.
6:00 - 7:00pm Lanai
In the Gear session Sveinn's main focus will be on the gear he uses, recommend, and techniques associated with them. Want to know how to get the great indoor home tiki bar shots? This is where you will learn how to make the most of what you have or what simple things you can add to get just a bit more quality and refinement. Portrait lighting and mobile gear will also be discussed.
6:00 - 7:00pm Jungle
The Spectacular Story Of Slip Learn the secrets and science behind the slippery stuff that tiki mugs are made of: Slip! Impress your friends at cocktail parties with your new ceramic knowledge!
6:00 - 7:00pm Sandbar
Hear tales of buried treasure, and vintage finds lost from two experienced hunters of the deal.
7:30 - 8:30PM Lanai
How do you do this nonsense, anyway? Hear some of our artists share stories from their earliest careers, and some of the gambles, longshots, and raw stories from the winding glamorous road to becoming...an artist.