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135 Nick Camara and Ken

Welcome to a special episode of Inside the Desert Oasis Room as we are joined by two titans in the tiki publishing game! Nick Camara, the founder of Tiki Magazine and Ken Holewczynski, the founder of Exotica Moderne, sit down together for a monumental meeting of the magazine minds to chat about their backgrounds, experiences and challenges of printing their respective magazines based around the tiki culture! This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Heartland Hemp & Supply Co, The Magic...


134 Holden Westland

If you're a tiki fanatic like me and you've got a tiki mug collection of some sort, you most likely have something that's passed through the hands of Holden Westland. Holden is the founder, owner and CEO of Tiki Farm, the world's largest manufacturer of tiki mugs, bowls, bar products and more. On this episode we chat about the origins of Tiki Farm, how the mug business has changed over the years and what the future holds for his iconic brand! This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum,...


133 Analea Brown

Island Empire's first Tongan female Artist, Analea grew up in a big musical family. In fact, she's even cousins with the The Jets! On this episode we stop by her green room before a sold out show at the House of Blues to chat about her musical background, her song writing process and the meaning and motivation behind her new album, Queendom! Website: FB/IG/Twitter: @analeabrown This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tonga Hut, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade...


132 Rina Bambina

Rina Bambina is a pin-up and retro model from Germany who's traveled all around the world! I met Rina at the world famous Tiki-Ti and two weeks later, we recorded this episode after a photo shoot with pin-up photographer Mitzi & Co inside the Desert Oasis Room. Hear how Rina got her start in pin-up and more interestingly, learn about what she does outside the world of pin-up; it's sure to surprise (and impress) you! Website: FB/IG/Twitter: @bambina_rina Cover Photo:...


131 Drew Brophy

Drew Brophy is a world reknown lifelong surfer and traveler who's career exploded in the late 1990's when he began painting surfboards using techniques he developed with water based paint pens. On this episode, we join Drew in his gallery and studio to chat about how he got his start as an artist, some fun stories of his travel adventures, his philosophies on life, and how his art has evolved and continues to evolve in this ever changing world. Website: FB/IG/Twitter:...


130 Swapcast with Jonah Raydio

On this episode we record a swapcast with the crew from Jonah Raydio! You might know Jonah Ray from such projects as Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, or as former co-host of The Nerdist Podcast. Along with Jonah, we chat with is own co-hosts on Jonah Raydio, Neil Mahoney and Cash Hartzell and of course, we are accompanied by our old friend Boris Hamilton! Join us for a couple rounds of cocktails as we record this episode live from the legendary Tiki-Ti on...


129 Bamboo Ben and The Bamboo Club

On this episode we come to you live from The Bamboo Club in Long Beach, California to hang out with Bamboo Ben at his "No Tiki Drama" mug release event. And joining us is one of the owners of the newly opened Bamboo Club, Brett Gallow, who details to us the history, background and future of Southern California's newest tiki bar! As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. And if you did, hit that Subscribe button! Shares on your social media pages are...


128 Iakopo

On this episode we chat with international recording artist, Iakopo! Iakopo is a culturally wise, island reggae artist that's lived all over the world! He was born in Orange County, California and after a difficult childhood, was eventually adopted and raised by a local Samoan family on the South Pacific island of Upolu Samoa, where he lived an island lifestyle in a small village with no refrigerators, no beds, no TVs, or modern amenities where villagers all survived on fishing and farming...


127 Mike Siegel and Boris Hamilton

On this episode we chat with comedian, actor and host, Mike Siegel! You might know Mike from HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" or Fine Living network's "What You Get for the Money." You might have even seen him performing stand up comedy on numerous shows like "Last Comic Standing", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" or even recognized him in roles he's played in TV shows like "JAG", "Prison Break" or "Mike & Molly" but on this episode we chat about our common passion of traveling. Mike...


126 Maoli

Today we go backstage with Maoli! Since forming in 2007, Maoli has taken the Hawaiian Music Charts by storm having released 6 albums with countless hits along the way such as "No One," "Blew It," "Rock Me Sober" and more! They recently dropped a new single, "Sunshine" available now on all outlets including Amazon and iTunes. On this this episode, we chat backstage before a sold out crowd at The Aging Room in Long Beach, Ca for a fun talk to learn more about their background, what inspires...


125 "A Rum Story" Crew

Recently I was privileged with a part in A Rum Story, a docuseries that follows the adventures of Ed Gamester, master of The Guild, as he travels the world in a quest for knowledge about the origins, history and progression of Rum! Join us as we chat with the crew behind this project; Kevin Marcus, the producer, Keith Lancaster, the director and of course, Ed Gamester, the host of the series! As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. And if you did, hit...


124 Aloha Friday from Inside the Desert Oasis Room

On this episode we welcome back the Tiki Boss and the Tiki Addicts! Join us Inside the Desert Oasis Room in another one of our fun hangout episodes on an Aloha Friday night as we chat with the Tiki Boss and the Tiki Addicts! We talk about scary movies, singles at Disneyland, real stuff vs fake stuff, travel tales, Texas BBQ and more! As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. And if you did, hit that Subscribe button! Subscribing makes it easier for you...


123 Miss Mooneyes aka Deedee Cupcake

On this episode we chat with Miss Mooneyes aka Deedee Cupcake! I'd been wanting to have Miss Deedee Cupcake on the podcast for quite some time now because she's got such an interesting background. Raised in Chicago and having lived in Las Vegas and now Los Angeles, she's been a mid-westerner, a desert dweller and now a Southern California Angelino. She competed on Food Network's Cupcake Wars (hence the name Deedee Cupcake), performed stand up comedy and most recently won the title of Miss...


122 Coco Cruz

On this episode we hang out with Coco Cruz! Join us Inside the Desert Oasis Room with our friend Coco Cruz! Coco is someone I met from the Hawaiian Reggae Music scene, namely a local show with CRSB when they were performing at Bruddah's Bar & Grill here in Southern California. We mix up 4 rounds of rum and whiskey based cocktails and are even joined with a cameo appearance by Chris Ramos from CRSB! As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. And if you...


121 Jaymee Mandeville & Boris Hamilton

Today we chat with Jaymee Mandeville & Boris Hamilton! Jaymee Mandeville is a former career mixologist and current Senior Brand Ambassador for Bacardi USA and joining us for our chat is our old friend Boris Hamilton. We recorded this episode live and direct from DAMA, located in the fashion district of Los Angeles, California. Learn about Bacardi's lineage, their rich history, their product portfolio and what the future holds for their aged spirits! As always, I hope you enjoy this episode...


120 Repeal Day & Prohibition

On this episode with are joined by the Tiki Boss and the Tiki Addicts! Our friends, Ross Aliotti, Randall Wilson and Sarah May joined us to record this special episode a few weeks ago on Repeal Day. We chat about the history of Prohibition in the United States historically and currently and the cultures and sub-cultures it created then and now. We even mix and share the recipes to a couple of tasty prohibition era cocktails! As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing...


119 Zombie Village VIP Sneak Peek

On this episode, we travel to San Francisco, California to attend the Zombie Village VIP Sneak Peek Soft Opening Party. Zombie Village is California's newest tiki bar and lounge curated by Daniel "Doc" Parks built in conjuction with Bamboo Ben, Crazy Al, Bosko Hrnjak, Ivan Mora, Woody Miller and Mikel Parton. We start the episode in the middle of our journey to Northern California, joined by Tim Walters of Tanduay Rum followed by a chat with Doc Parks about his vision for Zombie Village and...


118 Mandatory Mug Monday from False Idol

On this episode we recorded LIVE from False Idol in San Diego, California at their Mandatory Mug Monday holiday party! We wrap up 2018 with our last episode of the season from Mandatory Mug Monday with a pair of Martins - Martin Cate (of Smuggler's Cove, Hale Pele, False Idol and more) and Martin S Lindsay (historian, author and curator of in addition, we are joined by our friends from the local San Diego tiki scene and organizers of Mandatory Mug Monday, Dottie Deville...


117 Tiki Wonderland 13 at the Tonga Hut

Mele Kalikimaka! For this holiday season we are back at the Tonga Hut's Tiki Wonderland holiday event and on this episode we chat with an allstar lineup about spirits and beer! First up we are joined by Sven Kirsten (author of the Book of Tiki, Tiki Modern, Tiki Pop and The Art of Tiki), Jeff "Beachbum" Berry (Owner/Founder of Latitude 29 and author of the Grog Log, Intoxica, Sippin' Safari, Potions of the Carribean and more), Greg Bansuelo (career bartender and historic first employee of...


116 Phoenix Speakeasy Bar Crawl

So a couple weekends ago, Boris Hamilton and I drove out to Phoenix, Arizona to crawl some of their craft cocktail and speakeasy bars. We were joined by our friends Ross "Tiki Boss" Aliotti, Odd Rodney McLellan and Southern California transplant Brian Schaub to tackle 7 bars in the span of one night. We recorded this episode on the road trip out, leading up to the crawl, followed by a recap of each spot we visited. Find out which bar we liked best and hear about some odd things that happened...