Open Mic - I might get up and play! 6pm @Tikisgrill Wed Nites!

First 100 guests that arrive at 6pm will get a Bud Light Draft complements of Johnny Helm. This happens every Wednesday!

Johnny Helm hosts this event where local and visiting artists can share their art with Waikiki, be it music, poetry, whatever.

Show up with your friends and sign up on the spot to perform.

We will have a very simple sound board, a mic & speakers. Please feel free to bring any other thing you may need. Light percussion is ok but no drum kits.

- Bud Light on Special for $2.00 Drafts 6pm till 11pm

Hope to see you at Tiki's Grill & Bar!


Here is a new song from a friend of mine Paul Hanna. He has asked me to share it with my friends.

Here is a new song from a friend of mine Paul Hanna. He has asked me to share it with my friends.  

This song was created for  This specific project includes a 200’ high pyramid that will be floated down the Nile River in Egypt next winter.  This mural will have all of the murals that were painted by the kids on it… It will be lit up at night and it will float a total of 12 miles.

Spread the music...

Tiki Music History Intro from Wikipedia

After World War II

When American soldiers returned home from World War II, they brought with them stories and souvenirs from the South Pacific. James Michener won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for his collection of short stories, Tales of the South Pacific, which in turn was the basis for South Pacific, the 1949 musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, also a Pulitzer Prize winner. Hawaiian Statehood further drove interest in the area and Americans fell in love with their romanticized version of an exotic culture. A further factor was the excitement surrounding the Kon-Tiki expedition. Polynesian design began to infuse every aspect of the country's visual aesthetic, from home accessories to architecture.


Soon came integration of the idea into music by artists like Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Martin Denny, who blended the Tiki idea through jazz augmented with Polynesian, Asian, and Latin instruments and "tropical" themes creating the Exotica genre. This music blended the elements of Afro-Cuban rhythms, unusual instrumentations, environmental sounds, and lush romantic themes from Hollywood movies, topped off with evocative titles like "Jaguar God", into a cultural hybrid native to nowhere.

There were two primary strains of this kind of exotica: Jungle and Tiki. Jungle exotica was a Hollywood creation, with its roots in Tarzan movies and further back, to William Henry Hudson's novel Green Mansions. Les Baxter was the king of jungle exotica, and spawned a host of imitators while opening the doors for a few more genuine articles such as Chaino, Thurston Knudson, and Guy Warren.

Tiki exotica was introduced with Martin Denny's Waikiki nightclub combo cum jungle noises cover of Baxter's Quiet Village. Tiki rode a wave of popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s marked by the entrance of Hawaii as the 50th state in 1959 and the introduction of Tiki hut bars and restaurants around the continental United States.

Tiki exotica has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, and Tiki mugs and torches that once collected dust in thrift stores are now hot items, largely because of their camp value.

Dolphins for breakfast in Hawaii? And spinner dolphins stolen! (Photos)

What a great weekend! I was invited to race in a offshore sailing race from Kaneohe bay to Waimea bay. The race down was great, we had good wind and fair seas all the way down.  We dropped anchor and spent the night under the stars.

In the morning we had a great breakfast and then a school of 60 to 100 Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) swam into the bay to play, mate and feed. As we were finishing up our breakfast this school was just getting started on a meal of fresh fish.  They cruised around the whole bay checking out swimmers, paddle boarders, and kids snorkeling.

The school headed out to sea about 30 minutes before the start of the race. It almost seamed like they wanted to be in the race but only if they got a head start.  As the race started the spinners were gone.  As we made our way up the coast, one of our guys yells "THEY'RE BACK!". As I looked around and made a slight adjustment on the jib sail, I could see the school racing along side our sail boat the PUANANI.  The spinners would race forward to the bow to get pushed by the force of the water as the bow slices forward creating a pressure wave of water. The spinners  love to surf the bow, they would jockey for a chance to do this,  only two dolfins can "ride the bow" at the same time. 

They raced with us for a while and then all of a sudden, they were stolen from us by KAIMILOA. I'm not sure exactly how it happened, I looked up to check the tell tails on the sail and the whole school was gone. The whole school was taken from us and was now racing and bow riding KAIMILOA.

Not fair!

Grow your own! No damage!

We were a little worried about the wind and rain last night. We were lucky with no damage to taro plants or avocados blowing off.. We still have a few weeks to go before we can pick the avocados. Taro at least 7 more months for most of the plants.

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