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August 14
SOHO's Surfing Tiki Modern Trolley Safari

tiki godDudes and Dudettes! For the enjoyment of Tiki lovers in town for Tiki Oasis, SOHO is holding its 2nd Annual Trolley Safari. Led by local Tiki experts Alex "Uncle Poi Dog" Bevil and Jaye "Gidget Goddess" Furlonger in search of some of San Diego's unique Tiki Modern landmarks.

Fantastic and whimsical expressions of exotic architectural escapism, San Diego's surviving Tiki Modern style buildings are local manifestations of a nation-wide post-World War II interest in Polynesian Pop-influenced architecture, interior design, entertainment, music, food, and clothing. Whether it's called Tiki Modern, Tiki-Polynesian, Polynesian-Nautical, or Atomic Tiki, the style typified the marketing of San Diego as a tourist destination where visitors could recreate in a man-made semi-tropical paradise. This was particularly true in the years leading up to and immediately after Hawaii's statehood, which, coincidentally, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on August 21st.

After boarding the Tiki Trolley at the front lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, you'll visit some of San Diego's iconic Tiki Modern landmarks like Trader Mort's Liquor Store, the Bali Hai Restaurant, and the former Vacation Village Resort (Paradise Point Resort). You won't want to miss looking for vintage Tiki totems in the wilds of the Half Moon Inn's garden courtyard, and climb the Vacation Village Resort's lacy steel observation tower. During your trek, you will pass through some of San Diego's most beautiful bay and ocean scenery, before you arrive at Windansea Beach, La Jolla, to visit San Diego's only officially designated surf-related historic landmark.

Drinks and some snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your own goodies too. NO BOOZE!

After the trolley returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, there will be an optional hike to the hotel's "hidden" Tiki Gardens, which will begin at 3pm.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat, sunscreen, and, of course, aloha shirts are mandatory! This tour is not accessible.

TICKETS (Advance purchase required, no tickets sold at the door)
$30 SOHO members
$35 Non-members

Where Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley
When Friday, August 14, 10am-2pm (boarding begins at 9:45)

Purchase tickets
Call (619) 297-9327 to purchase tickets by August 11 at 5pm
In person SOHO Museum Shop, 2476 San Diego Avenue
(48 hours notice required for refunds. Refunds will be made in the form of a rain check for another like event.)

Tiki lovers attending Tiki Oasis will not want to miss
Local Historian Alexander "Uncle Poi Dog" Bevil as he presents
Paradise Found: San Diego's Atomic Tiki Landmarks

Although Tiki Modern's roots date back before World War II, San Diego's is a post-war phenomenon, reaching its zenith just prior to and immediately after Hawaiian statehood, which, coincidentally, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this August 21st.

Alex will "talk story" about the history of San Diego County's iconic Tiki style landmarks, including the Half Moon Inn, Bali Hai Restaurant, Trader Mort's Liquor Store, Vacation Village Resort, and the Windansea Surf Shack.

Speaking of historic surf shacks, Alex would like to dedicate his presentation to the Brothers Kawananakoa, George Freeth, and the great Duke Kahanamoku, pioneer Hawaiian-kine or Kanaka Maoli who introduced the sport of he'e nalu or board surfing to California.

Location Kona Coast Room
When Sunday, August 16, 2009
Time 10-11am
Cost $3

For more details on Tiki Oasis 2009, and tickets to this and other symposiums, go to

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