Tiki Time Two

New Era for Tiki Bars and Culture

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Tikis, those irrepressible Hawaiian gods with the big eyes and mischievous smiles, are making a comeback now with new tiki bars showing up from coast-to-coast and a renewed interest in tiki lore and culture.

 

 

The Polynesian, one of the newest bars on the scene, is right in the middle of New York City – in the lobby of the trendy Pod Times Square Hotel.

The 200-seat indoor/outdoor bar, decorated with carved-wood and lava stone, is a tropical island escape from NYC’s crowded streets and subways.

In Chicago people are lining up at the popular tiki bar Lost Lake and in New Orleans it’s Latitude 29. And you can bet that Las Vegas is in on the tiki action with its Golden Tiki Bar.

California has tiki bars up and down the coast with a recently-opened Jan & Dean’s Tiki Lounge at the tip of the Huntington Beach Pier.

SurfWriter GIrls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are big fans of all things tiki – from the Island decor, Hawaiian shirts and fun mugs to the food and fancy drinks with parasols.

The tiki artwork of Doug Horne and Josh Agle (AKA “Shag”) always makes us feel like were on a Polynesian adventure.

It’s great to see this culture that originated in the Hawaiian Islands and South Seas is still luring us into another world of fantasy far from the everyday.

And, if you’re looking to really immerse yourself in the tiki culture, check out the annual Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs held in May (Plan ahead because this year’s sold out) and Tiki Oasis (August 7 – 11th) in San Diego.

With all the tiki-inspired sights, sounds, food, drinks, art and entertainment, these events are a tiki-lover’s dream.

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Deborah Koehn Hawaiian Yoga Adventure

Famed Instructor Opens Island Retreat!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Famed yoga instructor Deborah Koehn is opening her Hawaiian oceanfront retreat center to train and certify yoga instructors May 13th – June 3rd.

The mother of adventurer Alison Teal, Koehn has traveled the world studying and developing her yoga techniques.

Using an immersion approach to training that puts students in a holistic island paradise setting, Koehn provides 200- and 300-hour teacher credits and ongoing mentorship.

Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, yoga students at the retreat stay in rustic sustainable bungalows and enjoy the natural island beauty and local food.

For over 35-years Koehn has trained many of the world’s top yoga teachers and has studied with prominent yogis, shamans, medical doctors and others, including Indra Devi (known as The Mother of Yoga in the Western world). Koehn has been featured on ESPN TV and yoga and fitness magazines, such as Yoga Journal and Outside Magazine.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel always enjoy going to Hawaii – Patti and her husband Greg even set their adventure novel Kona Heat on the Big Island – so we were excited to hear from Alison about this special yoga retreat.

More than a training program, this is an exotic, life-changing adventure!

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