Catalina Tiki Festival

The Tiki gods have often smiled kindly upon us here at Gadling and as a result, we aim to keep you mortals abreast of what’s happening in the Tiki World.

Friday kicks off the biggest event of the summer for lovers of Polynesia, aficionados of bamboo, and gulpers of Mai Tais.

Yes, it’s the Catalina Tiki Festival!

Located just 23 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, the idyllic island of Catalina is hardly tropical in nature, but from August 18-20, popular Descanso Beach will come alive with the sounds, tastes, and sights of the South Seas.

There will be tiki carving workshops, Hula dance lessons, luau feasts, dance troupes from Hawaii and Polynesia, and regional drinks with tiny umbrellas served therein.

The highlight of these tiki festivals, however, is the music.

MC King Kukulele is a one-man, ukulele wunderkind who will keep the crowd entertained between sets performed by The Dynotones, The Friki Tikis, Gregg De Castro and the Many Nations Band and more.

Headlining band Ape, is a mesmerizing cacophony of sweet island music that will make you want to tie a bone in your hair and go roast whitey over some open flames. Crazy Al (photo above) cleaves on lead hatchet.