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    • January 27, 2019 The Man With Tiki Vision
      The Man With Tiki Vision

      Parker is one of the foremost artists of the so-called tiki revival, the resurgence of interest in the mid-twentieth-century pop cultural phenomenon that firmly planted umbrella drinks, Trader Vic’s restaurants and Martin Denny music into the mainstream. The phantasmagorical world he
creates in his paintings is filled with impossible creatures—tiki mugs come to life, a cat playing an ‘ukulele, a witch in a grass skirt with octopus tentacles for legs, a giant tiki with superhero abdominals battling Godzilla over Diamond Head. Pop culture references abound. In “Werewolf of Waikiki,” part of a series putting classic movie monsters on vacation, Parker’s wolfman sports Steve McGarrett’s curling hairdo and plays a bongo drum on Waikīkī beach. In “Bela Lugosi Has a Zombie,” the actor who personified evil in the 1930s and who starred in Hollywood’s original zombie movie enjoys the cocktail known as a zombie; meanwhile, in the distance, a zombie waiter approaches with a fresh round of drinks.

    • November 16, 2018 2nd Annual Tiki Festival to Showcase Legendary Artists
      2nd Annual Tiki Festival to Showcase Legendary Artists

      Mark your calendars for the second annual Tiki Festival to be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Don’s Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Kona Resort beginning at 3 p.m.

      Big Island’s own celebrity artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker with entertainer Paul “Kozy The Magician” Kozak, will be the hosts for the event. Legendary local Tiki Artists Dennis Mathewson, Rockwood, Jacob Medina, Kevin Murray and more will show and sell their latest work.

      “Some pieces created are limited editions especially for the Tiki Festival by our featured artists,” commented Mark Hanna, owner of Kona Oceanfront Gallery—one of the main vendors at the event.

    • November 16, 2018 Tiki, Big Island-style: 2nd Annual Tiki Festival
      Tiki, Big Island-style: 2nd Annual Tiki Festival

      Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker and his business partner, Abbas Hassan, think they have found the perfect spot with Don’s Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Kona Resort. From 3-9 p.m. Saturday, the bar will host the second annual Tiki Festival, featuring local tiki artists and Hawaii-based musicians. The free event is a celebration of tiki art and tiki culture in its place of origin.

      “We’re doing it for the community and we’re doing it for the artists,” Hassan said. “And what better place than Kona, with its history of tiki?”

    • January 26, 2017 Chef Sam Choy Tiki Shark Commercial
      Chef Sam Choy Tiki Shark Commercial