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200 Sylvia Flores (Chichironiz)

October 18th, 2021

For episode 200 we come to you LIVE from Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs, California to chat with our dear friend Sylvia Flores! Sylvia is a California native who found her way to Honolulu, Hawaii and tells us about her eclectic background, her transition from the mainland to the islands, and as a burlesque dancer, talks about her alter ego "Chichironiz" and what took her down the path of pursuing the classic art of burlesque performance!

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199 Esteban Ricardo De Luna

September 21st, 2021

Today we chat with Esteban Ricardo De Luna! Esteban is a former chef, craft cocktail bartender and mixologist, and the newest face behind the bar at the World Famous Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles, California! Learn about Esteban's background and how he found his way to making Ray's Mistakes, Uga Boogas, Puka Punches and more!

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

198 Adam Demerath

August 17th, 2021

Today we chat with Adam Demerath! Adam is a premier craft cocktail bartender and mixologist from New York City! On this episode, we chat about his upbringing right here in the Inland Empire of Southern California, his background in theater, how he found his way to New York and learn about his philosophies on craft cocktailing and mixology!

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

197 Greg Bansuelo

August 10th, 2021

Today we chat with Greg Bansuelo, bartender at the world famous Tiki-Ti! Greg comes from a long line of mixologists, including his uncle Lou Cruz, owner of The Outrigger as well as his father John "JB" Bansuelo, who bartended alongside Ray Buhen at all the old school polynesian bars like the China Trader, Seven Seas and the Luau. Learn what life was like for these old school Filipino bartenders and what was contained in their personal recipe books, the coveted "black books!" Joining us on this session are our friends Boris Hamilton and Alex Lamb from the upcoming documentary, The Donn of Tiki!

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196 Harry Yee Tribute with the Kontigo Collective

July 12th, 2021

Join the Kontigo Collective, Gregorio, Anna, Trader Sampson, Phoenix Ablaze and myself, chat about the history and contributions of Harry Yee from the Hawaiian Village! Harry Yee was a pioneer in tropical cocktails including the creation of the Blue Hawaii, Tapa Punch, Tropical Itch and Hawaiian Eye. And, he was the first bartender to garnish cocktails with umbrellas, lanterns and orchids!

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195 Summers in Hawaii (Chris and Lis Summers)

June 29th, 2021

Today we chat with Chris and Lis Summers! Chris and Lis are recent former residents of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. How many of you have dreamt of picking up your current life and moving it to Hawaii? Well, Chris and Lis did just that when they left California for a new life in Hawaii. After a couple years living as island locals, they're back in California and in this episode, they tell us all about the ups, downs and everything in between (including the Covid pandemic) from this life changing experience!

To watch the video we made for our YouTube channel, click here:
https://youtu.be/mUBTNvzjIyI

194 Dottie Deville and Matt Koken of Til Two Club

June 4th, 2021

On this episode we make our way down to San Diego, California to chat with Dottie Deville and Matt Koken, owners of the legendary Til Two Club! Hear the story about how they landed this legendary San Diego landmark, what they've learned about it's history since they've acquired it, what's in store for it's future and if you enjoy some good ghost stories, find out who's haunting the bar!

To watch the video we made for our YouTube channel, click here:
https://youtu.be/-NY5027YzK0

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

193 Garret Richard

May 25th, 2021

Today we chat with Garret Richard! Garret is a craft cocktail bartender and mixologist who is on the forefront of the modern day craft cocktail movement. Hear about Garret's background, how he went from radio production to mixology, his philosophy on cocktailing and learn some useful tips on how to make your cocktails better!

To watch the video we made for our YouTube channel, click here:
https://youtu.be/QFQVQxbOkrM

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

192 Alex Lamb and Max Well from The Donn of Tiki

May 18th, 2021

Today we chat with Alex Lamb and Max Well from Surf Monkey Films about their latest project The Donn of Tiki, a documentary about the Godfather of Tiki, Donn Beach aka Don the Beachcomber! Learn about their backgrounds, how they decided to create a documentary about Donn Beach, what they've learned along the way and what the future of their project holds. And exclusive to this podcast, Alex and Max share an audio recording of Donn Beach himself! Hear him tell a funny story about one of his good friends, Marlene Dietrich!

On the web: http://www.thedonnoftiki.com
Social Media: @thedonnoftiki

Support their Kickstarter here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thedonnoftiki/the-donn-of-tiki

Watch a preview of The Donn of Tiki documentary here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEbAUDou1Ls&t=61s

Watch us compare Donn's QB Cooler to Vic's Mai Tai here:
https://youtu.be/5uOGKJPjyco

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

191 Odd Rodney (from Arizona Tiki Oasis 2021)

May 4th, 2021

Our adventure from Tiki Oasis continues at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona as we welcome lowbrow and tiki artist Odd Rodney. On this episode, recorded from the grounds of Arizona Tiki Oasis, we chat with Rodney about his lowbrow background, his philosophy in art, what inspires him creatively and so much more!

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

190 Live from Tiki Oasis Arizona 2021

April 27th, 2021

Join us from the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona from the Tiki AZ booth at Tiki Oasis! On this episode we chat with our friends Ross "Tiki Boss" Aliotti, Tom "Big Toe" Laura, the one and only Fabio and from the island of Maui, the talented mug makers, Scott "Tikipop" Taylor and Rob "Tikirob" Hawes!

Watch our field trip outing video here: https://youtu.be/OL9DHihCa38

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to: https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

189 Mike Buhen Jr and Greg Bansuelo

March 30th, 2021

Today we are joined by the boys from the Tiki-Ti! Bartender and co-owner Mike Buhen Jr and bartender Greg Bansuelo stop by the Desert Oasis Room to mix drinks, make cocktail videos and record this episode of the podcast. As a long time patron and regular of the Tiki-Ti, I hit the guys with questions that most others have never asked before to bring you uncommonly known facts and tidbits from their colorful backgrounds. For example, did you know that Ray Buhen's wife is the reason the Tiki-Ti opened in the first place? She is also the reason they stopped serving beer decades ago! And did you know that Greg's father was one of the old school Filipino mixologists that worked alongside Ray at all the same iconic tiki and tropical themed bars like The Luau, The China Trader, The Seven Seas and more! And if you'd like to make sure you don't miss any of the cocktail tutorials they recorded with us Inside the Desert Oasis Room, subscribe to our YouTube channel now at youtube.com/polynesianpop

Watch the cocktail tutorials we made with Mike and Greg at our YouTube channel. We'll be loading them up one at a time over the next couple of weeks. Subscribe to the channel now so you don't miss any of them! https://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

188 McBiff, Rick Miller and Dan Watson

March 24th, 2021

Today we chat with the Gentlemen of Leisure! The artist McBiff, Rick Miller and Dan Watson! On this belated St Paddy's episode, we chat about our respective roots, the history and legacy every person leaves for future generations, and other thought provoking, emotionally stimulating topics!

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

187 David Badgerow

February 9th, 2021

Today we chat with David Badgerow! David is an animator, mixologist and Drooling Bastard who dropped by the Desert Oasis Room to do a video swapcast with us for our respective YouTube channels and while he was here, we decided to turn the mics on and record the session you are about to hear now!

To watch the video we, click here:
https://youtu.be/CqDT6bsNwoM

To follow our adventures, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/polynesianpop
To listen to our archive, go to https://polynesianpop.podbean.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

186 Bob Van Oosting and Leroy Schmaltz REWIND from 01-2017

January 19th, 2021

On this first episode of 2021 we go back in time to this exact week 4 years ago when we chatted with Bob Van Oosting and Leroy Schmaltz, founders of the world famous Oceanic Arts in Whittier, California. Considering that Covid has affected so many small businesses over the past year, I thought I'd reload this episode to not only give them a boost but to also revisit their amazing journey to becoming the world's premier supplier and builder of some of the most legendary tropical, nautical and island inspired themed builds from yesteryear!

Social Media: @oceanicarts56
On the Web: www.oceanicarts.net

185 Randy Tarlow and Robbie Gregg

December 10th, 2020

On this episode we chat with Randy Tarlow, founder of Liquid Alchemist, makers of premium cocktail products! Learn about Randy's path from bartending in Europe and Australia to founding and operating his very own brand of premium craft cocktail syrups. And, joining us with a cameo is Liquid Alchemist's very own Captain Pineapples, alter ego of hospitality veteran Robbie Gregg!

Social Media: @liquidalchemist
On the Web: www.liquid-alchemist.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

184 Sven Kirsten - Book of Tiki 20th Anniversary

November 24th, 2020

On this episode we celebrate 20 years of The Book of Tiki! Join us Inside the Desert Oasis Room as we chat with historian and urban archaeologist Sven Kirsten, author of the Book of Tiki, Tiki Modern and Tiki Pop. Hear the stories behind creating The Book of Tiki, the early days of the modern day tiki revival, his thoughts on tiki culture today and learn about the exciting book projects he currently has in progress! 

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

183 Will Penny

November 16th, 2020

Today we are joined by Will Penny! I've been wanting to have Will on the podcast for a while now so when I saw him at Bamboo Club's Hardcore Markteplace I sat down with him for a short chat. Will has an interesting background - he's an attorney by day and artist by night, similarly living the alter ego lifestyle of the comic book characters that inspire his art and books! On this episode, we learn about his artistic origin, what inspires his creativity and what's in store for the future of his work!

Social Media: @sexandmonsters
On the Web: www.sexandmonsters.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

182 Ross Aliotti and Jared Allen

November 3rd, 2020

On this episode we chat with one of our Desert Oasis Room regulars, Ross the "Tiki Boss" Aliotti and our new friend Jared Allen! This was recorded on Halloween weekend and so we intended to record an episode filled with ghost stories but as the way many conversations go, we ended up wandering into other fun topics instead. Never the less, we bring you along for the chaos!

Social Media: @thetikiboss @jsarizona2000
On the Web: www.jsazlaw.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

This episode is also sponsored by the Law Office of Jared Allen, specialist in DUI defense and more. To request a free consultation contact them today at jsazlaw.com or call them directly at 602-456-1982.

181 Kat Reeder

October 5th, 2020

Today we chat with artist Kat Reeder! Kat is a native Peruvian transplanted in Hawaii by way of Miami and creates some of the most beautiful, island inspired pieces of art directly from the island of Oahu! Learn about how she got started as an artist, her transition from Peru to Miami, how she ultimately planned her move to the Hawaiian island of Oahu and what's in store for the future of her art!

Social Media: @katreederart @katreederportraits
On the Web: www.katreeder.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

180 Kontigo Tiki Bar

September 19th, 2020

Today we welcome Gregorio and Anna from Kontigo Tiki Bar! On this episode, we sidle up to the bar Inside the Desert Oasis Room and talk about a wide variety of topics including craft cocktails, craft spirits, vintage San Diego, random moments in history, the butterfly effect and more, including what it took to recreate the vintage paper hanging lantern, a fun cocktail garnish from yesteryear!

Social Media: @kontigotikibar
On the Web: www.chineselanternpick.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

179 Bryan Azorsky and Brandon Cummins

September 7th, 2020

On this sponsor spotlight edition, we are joined by Bryan Azorsky, founder of Tiki Bar T-shirt Club along with Brandon Cummins from Altamar Brands, distiller and importer of fine spirits including Four Square and Probitas Rum! Today we chat about their respective brands, how the Covid pandemic has affected their lives and their local businesses (like Tiki Cat), their thoughts about the future of the hospitality industry and also dive into some other fun and lively topics including the Marvel Universe, Kansas City BBQ and more!

Watch the follow up video after listening to this episode here: https://youtu.be/Jl4U7tsZeD0

On the Web: www.tikibartshirtclub.com and www.altarmarbrands.com
Social Media: @tiki_bar_tshirt_club and @brandon.altamar
On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8IMGVuuhfJTl2VnskZzAuQ
                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIrOgoxh1wY

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

178 Cristian Diaz

August 26th, 2020

Today we chat with Cristian Diaz! You might know him better as Skipper Cristian, bartender at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar located at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. On this episode Cristian chats about his start at a Brazilian restaurant in Fresno, his background in culinary school and his journey to Trader Sam's. We also chat about his new YouTube venture Adventures with Alchemy and what's in store for future episodes!

Social Media: @skippercristian and @adventures_with_alchemy
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJiQKb39E5PJ9Eydyibx54Q

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

177 Fritz Costa (Lowbrow Literati)

August 11th, 2020

Today we chat with Fritz Costa, author, professor and scientist. Learn about Fritz's scientific background, his former life in academia and hear how he went from being a college professor to becoming a blogger and author telling the stories of Shag, Tim Biskup, Derek Yaniger, Miles Thompson and Brandi Milne in his new book The Lives of Lowbrow Artists!

Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Lives-Lowbrow-Artists-1-ebook/dp/B08D8NWC13/
On the Web: http://www.lowbrowliterati.com
Social Media: @lowbrow_literati

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

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