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Arizona Tiki Oasis Returns to Scottsdale on April 28

Tom Reardon

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Arizona Tiki OasisScott Saw - courtesy of Tiki Oasis

By Tom Reardon — NewsBreak

(Scottsdale, Ariz.). The Valley Ho Hotel will host the third annual Arizona Tiki Oasis from April 28 to May 1. The event is produced by Otto and Baby Doe Von Stroheim, veterans of the Tiki scene in the United States and founders of the Tiki Oasis events in San Diego and Palm Springs. The 2022 Arizona Tiki Oasis will mark the third time the Valley Ho Hotel and Scottsdale have been hosts for this event.

Arizona Tiki Oasis offers both new and experienced Tiki enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about the various facets of Tiki culture, which became prevalent in Southern California during the 1930s. One notable example of the popularity of Tiki culture can be found in Disneyland in Anaheim, California, where The Enchanted Tiki Room has been a popular attraction since 1963.

With a focus on music, food, drinks, art, and fashion, Tiki culture is an Americanized take on the lifestyle of South Pacific Islanders.

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“We are very happy to be back doing this again. This will be our third time hosting Arizona Tiki Oasis. We have found our ‘groove’ with this event by realizing that people are interested in learning and education (concerning Tiki culture), and we are putting a spotlight on opportunities for people to gain knowledge in areas such as cocktails, historic mid-century architecture, and history. We are doing tours of downtown Scottsdale and the Valley Ho Hotel itself,” says Baby Doe Von Stroheim.

The event features an extensive list of seminars for attendees who can either sign up for two different packages or purchase tickets for events individually. Von Stroheim mentioned that she is particularly excited about a seminar featuring a woman from Australia, Just Abby, aka The Leopard Lass, who will talk about spirits, native ingredients, and flavors from “the Big Island Down Under.” There will also be seminars related to stocking a Tiki Bar, making Tiki carvings, and even one called “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Tiki w/ Mike Skinner.”

The schedule for these events can be found here.

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Fire dancer at a Tiki Oasis LuauHarley Bonham

“I’m really proud of (our schedule). It is fun that we have such a breadth of things and experiences we can bring attendees in a really fun and playful way. We just want to add something to people’s lives, and I think that is what people really want right now. (People) want to have a good time and not be weighed down too much, so it’s perfect for that. I like escapism, and that’s what Tiki Oasis is all about,” says Von Stroheim.

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Tiki collectibles owned by Wendy and Daniel CevolaGetty Images

Music, art, and the opportunity to purchase Tiki-related items are also a large part of Arizona Tiki Oasis. Two Arizona-based musical acts, Moonlight Magic from Phoenix and the Surf Broads from Tucson, will appear on Friday and Saturday nights. Los Angeles-based band Par Avion will appear on Thursday, April 28. Performing with Moonlight Magic and Surf Broads will be Florida’s MeduSirena, a fire-breathing mermaid who also will offer several seminars during the event.

The Tiki Tiki Ho Ho Luau happens at 7 p.m. on Friday, and tickets for the Luau are sold separately and are not part of the two event packages. Friday is jam-packed with fun events. There is a whiskey and cigar event, drink tastings, happy hours, and parties throughout the venue.

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Band Moonlight Magic to entertain Tiki Oasis attendees.Courtesy of Tiki Oasis

The Arizona Tiki Oasis Marketplace will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. This portion of the event is free and accessible to anyone and offers a wide variety of Tiki-related art, clothing, music, and unique items of Tiki ephemera. During these same Saturday and Sunday hours, the Arizona Tiki Oasis Pop-Up Art show will also be taking place and is free to the public.

“I really feel it is important to support artists creating and making art today, especially in the vein of midcentury modern meets Tiki. The theme of this year’s show is Desert Soiree, so it is really focusing on the style and sophistication of Arizona Tiki Oasis,” says Von Stroheim.

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Tom Reardon is a Phoenix native and has been writing about events in and around Arizona for the last decade.

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