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2nd Annual Tiki Festival to Showcase Legendary Artists

2nd Annual Tiki Festival to Showcase Legendary Artists

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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.

Grammy nominated Henry Kapono and local favorite Johnny Valentine will be jamming their tunes while Don’s Mai Tai Bar will be serving its world famous Mai Tai’s and Tiki Drinks in the new limited edition, custom designed Don’s Mai Tai Mugs. These mugs were specially designed for this event.

“Based on the success of last year’s Tiki Festival, Royal Kona Resort is honored to continue hosting,” commented Jeff Isbister, director of food and beverage at the Royal Kona Resort. “Don’s Mai Tai Bar was constructed with the Tiki Culture in mind, and our resort is the ultimate fit for this event.”

This is a free event where folks will have a chance to meet and talk story with world class artists and entertainers. Everyone is encouraged to participate, have fun and support local artists by collecting their art at special event prices.

For more information on the event contact: jill@tikishark.com, kozakthemagician@mac.com, jeff.isbister@hawaiianhotels.com, or karen.wakata@hawaiianhotels.com.

 

 

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Tiki, Big Island-style: 2nd Annual Tiki Festival

Tiki, Big Island-style: 2nd Annual Tiki Festival

West Hawaii Today 11/16/18

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KAILUA-KONA — To put on a great Tiki Festival, a few things are required. The right attire, music, drinks and art are all crucial, but there also needs to be the right setting.

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?”

The festival will feature performances by Hawaii music legends Henry Kapono and Johnny Valentine, as well as entertainment provided by magician Paul Kozak. Some of the artists to be featured are Hawaii-based tiki artists Parker, Rockwood and Dennis Mathewson.

This year, Parker has designed an exclusive glass tiki mug for the festival, which can be bought for $45 along with the special drink, Tiki-Shark’s Ginger Diversion. As the festival continues, Parker said he hopes to create a new one every year as part of a collector’s series.

“Last year, we tried to go national and bring in guys from the mainland,” said Jeff Isbister, food and beverage manager at the Royal Kona Resort. “Now, we’re focusing on the locals.”

On the mainland, there are tiki festivals that have been running for decades, but the one in Kona is the first in Hawaii. Hassan said the inaugural festival last year was well received, and the organizers are striving to double the attendance this year.

With its tiki architecture and views of Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort makes the Big Island’s festival standout from its mainland counterparts.

“This is the quintessential tiki-style palace,” Parker said. “Even the way the lobby is laid out. You have to walk over a bridge that has water underneath it. That was symbolic in the old days, of you having to go from the outside world, walk over this magical bridge where you could go to this magical world where you could unwind and relax.”

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Kona Oceanfront Gallery

Kona Oceanfront Gallery

 

In the heart of Kailua-Kona is the Kona Oceanfront Gallery, the premiere gallery to show the award-winning work of renowned artist Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker. Combining pop surrealism with Hawaiiana, Brad's art is simultaneously vintage tiki culture and contemporary cartoon realism. Visit the Kona Oceanfront Gallery and explore the avant-garde tiki art world of Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker.

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