Event spotlight: SoCal’s Original Tiki Market Place celebrates seventh anniversary

Jan. 12 – The Original Tiki Market Place 7th Anniversary in Garden Grove, Calif. At the Garden Grove Elks Lodge, conveniently located just 2.5 miles south of Disneyland and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. Featuring Tiki vendors, live Hawaiian entertainment, cocktails, food, and more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10 (cash only; includes a drink voucher).
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The Original Tiki Market Place 7th Anniversary

About the Original Tiki Market Place

Launched in 2012 at the now-closed Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, the Original Tiki Market Place was conceived as a tribute to Don and the original International Tiki Market Place in Waikiki. Held seasonally, it quickly became a favorite spot to buy and sell vintage wares in Southern California, attracting the top artisans from the area.

In 2015, the market place moved to its current location and has out-lived a competing event that replaced it at Don the Beachcomber, which closed in 2018. Through more than 50 events, the organizers have always stressed a friendly “ohana” atmosphere and this vibe has permeated the event since its inception. A post on Tiki Central states: “We are grateful for our friends, both vendors and guests, for your support!”

The Original Tiki Market Place 7th Anniversary print by Clee Sobieski

Event highlights

* Free high-quality art print (11-by-14) by Clee Sobieski (see above) to the first 70 paid guests. After those run out, there will be more available for $10.

* Vendors include Blossoms of Aloha, Buzzy, caricature artist Ren Guizar, Mitch Chang, Clee Sobieski, Erika’s Jewels Designs, Jeff Granito, Hawaiian Import, HB Tiki, Hottiki, Humble Poi, Jungle Ginger, Jungle River Boat, Kapalua Designs, KenTiki, Sven Kirsten, Moonshine Mama, Eric October, Outl1n3 Island, Ms. Paisley’s Parlor, Ron Monster, Sex & Monsters, Smokin Tikis, Surf City Hawaiian Shirts, Tahiti Gil’s Yrading Co.,Tiki Al, Tiki Broker, Tikiman Hawaiiana, Tiki Trove, Tiki Vato, Vicki’s Moon Art, and Yes Cocktail Co.

* This is a family-friendly event: Children under 12 are free and the venue accommodates strollers.

The next Original Tiki Market Place, dubbed “Moai Madness,” will be held on March 9.
* Future Original Tiki Market Place events
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More online
* Facebook page | Facebook group
* Tiki Central thread

About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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