2020 Seminars, Panels, & Classes

Currently adding descriptions! We'll have multip tracks of panels from 3pm Friday through 1pm Sunday, including an entire "Tipsy Crafting" track with free or low cost crafting panels.

Witco Décor, The Art And History Of William Westenhaver

Speaker: Ken & Heather Pleasant

Ken and Heather Pleasant of Pleasant Tiki, a Witco Décor® Company, will be sharing pictures and discussing the life, the art, and the influence of their grandfather, William Westenhaver.  William Westenhaver was the creative genius behind Witco Décor, the largest distributer of carved tiki style décor and furnishings from the mid 1950’s until the mid 1970’s.

Our website  www.pleasanttiki.com 

IG   http://instagram.com/pleasanttiki

FB   https://m.facebook.com/ken.pleasant

Panel: Friday 4:30 pm - 5:30pm in The Jungle


My Travels in the Marquesas Islands – A visual journey to th

Speaker: Sven Kirsten

We’re elated to announce we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Book of Tiki with none other than Sven Kirsten himself!

In The Footsteps of Karl von den Steinen

A slide show by Sven Kirsten

When German Ethnographer Karl von den Steinen arrived in the Marquesas Islands in 1897, he realized he had come about half a century too late. Ravaged by the effects of Western contact, Marquesan culture was only a shadow of its former grandeur. Unperturbed, he set off to painstakingly research and record the art and customs of the Marquesans among the elders and remains of temple sites. The result, his three volume opus “Die Marquesaner und ihre Kunst” (The Marquesans and their Art), preserved this unique culture for the rest of the world and saved it from falling into oblivion. (Any parallels to this author’s work are coincidental)

The Marquesas also are where Herman Melville lived among the Taipee tribe, where Thor Heyerahl wrote Fatu Hiva, and Paul Gauguin found his resting place. I was fortunate to visit all six Islands in 2002 on the freighter Aranui and will share my images from the trip together with the rich material of von den Steinen’s rare books.

Sven Kirsten was born in 1955 in the port town of Hanburg, Germany. He was supposedly conceived on a freighter of his grandfather’s Hamburg-Chicago line between America and Germany (those were long trips). The sailor’s bars of the Reeperbahn red light district and the curiosities of the Hamburg Anthropology Museum formed the fertile soil to inspire Sven to follow the call to other distant shores in 1980.
After a brief stint at the San Francisco Art Institute, he continued his education as cinematographer at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In parallel to lighting and shooting music videos and features, he began to pursue his hobby of urban archeology. Over the last ten years, he has photographed and collected the remnants of the vanishing Tiki cult in America. He hopes that his Book of Tiki adequately represents the visual seductiveness of this unique, never-before-recognized facet of American pop culture.

Sven is the man behind books that include The Book of Tiki, The Art of Tiki, Tiki Modern, Tiki Pop, and Tiki Style (https://www.amazon.com/…/B001K1N9…/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1)
Join us in welcoming Sven back to the east coast while gaining valuable information on America’s history in Tiki. Sven explains how America is responsible for its own brand of the Polynesian vision and Polynesian Pop art.

Sven fun fact: His favorite tiki drink is a Navy Grog!

IG: @sventiki

Panel: Saturday 1pm - 2:30pm in The Jungle


Theme-parking your Homebar

Speaker: Typhoon Tommy

Typhoon Tommy is scenic artist at Universal Creative in Orlando Florida. During his 9 + year career he has worked on projects for all Orlando theme parks and various museums and restaurants across the country. Most notably, various props and vehicles for the Harry Potter parks across the world. He is also the designer and fabricator of the Suffering Bastard in Sanford Florida. His love of creating and painting fits perfectly with his love of the Tiki Culture and History. He will be going over theming ideas and fabrication tips as well as scenic and aging techniques to take your home bar to the next level!  He is half of the Magical Tiki Meetup and co-author of a Field Guide to Tiki Decorating.

Book is available at TraderBrandon.com

My website is typhoon-tommy.com (which just links back to my Instagram as of now)

FB is tomallsmiller

Insta @typhoon_tommy & @magicaltikimeetup (Tom and Kari are the awesome folks who run the DisneyWorld) 

(photo credit  Svienn Photography)

Panel: Friday 3pm - 4:00pm in The Jungle


The Art of Trader VIC's

SPEAKER: Eve Bergeron

Eve Bergeron of Trader Vic’s presents the illustrators and their art in the books and on the menu covers of Trader Vic’s along with paintings and sculptures by “Trader Vic” Bergeron


Panel: Friday 6pm - 7pm in The Sandbar


Aloha Atlanta! - History of Tiki in Atlanta

Speaker: Paul Senft


Tapa cloth, Tiki Gods, and Peachtree punch are all part of what makes the Atlanta Tiki scene great!  Join writer and seminar host Paul Senft as he shares the evolution and vibrant history of Tiki in Atlanta. In this seminar we will discuss the pre and post-World War II rise of Tiki, the locales of days gone by, and the cities modern Tiki landscape.  Come experience what is sure to be a lively conversation about the past and present world of Tiki in the Empire City of the South.

Freelance Writer/Reviewer- Spirits and Travel

Founder of www.RumJourney.com

Panel: Saturday 10am - 11:00am in The Jungle


Exotica - The Music of Tiki

Speaker: james Honeycutt

Are you looking to create a killer soundtrack for your Tiki Bar? There are many genres that can work in a Tiki Bar soundtrack. But the genre that is most at home in a Tiki Bar is Exotica. Exotica is a style of music popularized in the 1950's and 1960's in America; it features atmospheric music designed to set a mood of faraway tropical lands. It gets its name from the 1957 Martin Denny album of the same title. James Honeycutt will guide you on a tour of Exotica and give you a start on soundtrack that sets the mood and complements the personality of the bar. With special live musical guests!

Panel: Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm in The Jungle


Travels with Ms. Swizzlestick

Speaker: Nicole Powell

Nicole CONSTANTLY travels and seeks out tiki adventure, and her instagram feed is a wild ride of colorful images and experiences, from exploring Disney theme parks to checking out tiki bars...listen to some of her adventures and reviews in person.

I’ve been around tiki for quite some time, as I grew up with it in Johns Creek, GA.  My mom (with the help of my dad) built out a room in the basement….her escape from suburban blandness – and I recall them throwing some festive parties!  Mom’s “Tiki Bar” featured  her travel collections and memorabilia from her childhood.  I liked the ambience, and It was always interesting to look at all the décor.  Other tiki outings included special occasions at Trader Vics/Atlanta – always an adventure! 

When I turned 21, tiki took on a whole new meaning!  I discovered tiki drinks!  At first, I just liked how fun and delicious they were, but I became more serious about the art of the tiki cocktail when I upped my tiki game.  I now travel to tiki conventions (often with my mom) and/or try to visit a tiki bar when I get the opportunity to travel to other cities.  I’m now quite the collector, too!!  I enjoy my tiki mugs, swizzle sticks and tiki attire, not to mention all the great new tiki friends that I’ve met along the way! 

Panel: Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm in The Lanai


Moai? Oh my!

Speaker: Jeremy Cash Dollar

Have you ever wondered what those big head statues were all about? Maybe wanted to start your own local birdman cult? Well, you’re in luck! Join Jeremy Cash Dollar as he explores the history of Easter Island (or Rapa Nui as the natives call it) and unpacks the mystery of the islands mythology.

Panel: Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am in The Sandbar


The Journey from barrel to bottle - Sponsored by don q rum

SpeakerS: Anthony hinjos

The world of rum and how Don Q fits in it. We will cover rum production, touch on the history of rum, different styles of rum/rhum, how we see the market for rum changing. Should be fun!

Panel: Sunday 10:00am - 11:00pm in The Sandbar


Surf Music 101

Speaker: James Honeycutt

Cowabunga! Listen up surf bums and hodads, it's time to bust out your huarache sandals, load up the woodie and meet us on the beach. If you dig Dick Dale, Fender guitars with drippy reverb and the surf scene, come join the party and enjoy some killer surf tunes while learning about the history of Surf Music and Culture. James Honeycutt is a Surf Music fanatic and travels to Surf Music festivals and is one of the principals of Atlanta's South Surf Stompfest.

Panel: Sunday 10:00am - 11:00am in The Jungle


What is Inuhele?

Moderator: Jonathan M. Chaffin

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.
Panel: Friday 3:00pm - 4:00pm in The Sandbar


UKE 101

Speakers: Chris DeGirolamo & Butch Pierce

Intro to Ukulele with the incomparable Chris DeGirolamo & Butch Pierce! Sponsored by Uke Republic

Panel: Saturday 2:30pm - 3:30pm in The Lanai



Various instructors

We will have an entire track of classes and crafts, check out the tab at the top of the site.


Sewing 101/102 - Historical patterns & how to modify them

Rebecca Kate Meyers KHRUT


Panel: Friday 4:30pm - 5:30pm in The Sandbar




 Dawn Mahealani Douglas is a Polynesian dancer with traditional training at a halau on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  In this workshop, you will explore the history of Polynesian dances, instruments, and costumes.  Also, try learning a hula or picking up an instrument yourself! 

Visit Our Website:  http://dawnmahealani.com

Like Us On Facebook:  http://facebook.com/dawndouglastalent

Follow Us On Instagram:  http://instagram.com/dawndouglas1

Panel: Saturday 1pm - 2:00pm in The Sandbar


Disney Sing-along karAoke

DJ Loud Lion

This one is a nod to our beloved volunteers (this was requested by multiple) and the deep love for Disney a lot of tikiphiles tend to share. We'll have Disney Karaoke Friday night!

Friday 11pm-1am in the Jungle


Tiki Drinks 201 - Tips & Tricks of Pro Tiki BartenDERS

Panelists: Sean Coffee of Tiki Underground, Jason Alexander of Devil's Reef, & More

Come learn from the best! Some veteran tiki bar owners and mixologists share their tips and tricks!

Panel: Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm in The Sandbar


Hairstyles of the 50’s & 60s

Miss Candace

Miss Candice is a hair stylist and vintage fashion connoisseur based in Atlanta Ga. Candice has been working professionally as a stylist for 8 years at female owned and operated Salon Red in Candler Park. Her specialities include funky hair colors, classic men’s cuts, and vintage hair styles. She joined up with local like minded ladies, The Georgia Pinup Posse in 2015 where she has participated in many great photo shoots both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. A few having been featured in online magazines, including Beach Beauties Magazine, Pinups and Hotrods, and Baba Lou’s Beauties. In addition to photo shoots, Candice has sponsored hair and wigs for special events, such as Naked Girls Reading, Inuhele Tiki Weekend, Day of the Cupcake, and Blast-Off Burlesque’s Taboo-La-La.  

Appointments for styling available in my booth
Friday 1-5
Saturday 10-4
Sunday 10-12

Call, text, or email

Check put her portfolio on Instagram

Panel: Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm in The Jungle


Tie one on! How to wear a Lava Lava & Sarong

Margo Scott of Rocket betty designs

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!

Panel: Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the SeaSide Meeting House