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Author:  Kiani [ Thu May 14, 2020 2:34 am ]
Post subject:  How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa?

There's 3 bars listed on google. Been to all of them, but its evident they don't draw a tiki crowd, based on decor, drinks, and clientele. They're also all many hours away.

I know I can't be the only one into polynesian pop here, but I have no idea how to find them. Looking for facebook groups, regular haunts, etc. Anything would be appreciated.

Author:  Maori Mountain Man [ Wed May 27, 2020 6:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

Aloha, my wife Kekona and I are south of you in Columbia, Missouri. You have several within a reasonable drive. I dont know of any in Iowa but you have Laka Lono, Omaha - Tikicat, KCMO -Psychosuzies, Minneapolis and all the Chicago locations.

Author:  thekazz [ Thu May 28, 2020 12:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

Kiani wrote:
There's 3 bars listed on google. Been to all of them, but its evident they don't draw a tiki crowd, based on decor, drinks, and clientele. They're also all many hours away.

I know I can't be the only one into polynesian pop here, but I have no idea how to find them. Looking for facebook groups, regular haunts, etc. Anything would be appreciated.
The only time I’ve seen someone attempt “Tiki” in Iowa is Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines. That was.... interesting.

As Maori says, at least you’ve got options in surrounding states. Tikicat and Psycho Suzi’s are definitely top notch.

Author:  Kiani [ Thu May 28, 2020 2:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

thekazz wrote:
Kiani wrote:
There's 3 bars listed on google. Been to all of them, but its evident they don't draw a tiki crowd, based on decor, drinks, and clientele. They're also all many hours away.

I know I can't be the only one into polynesian pop here, but I have no idea how to find them. Looking for facebook groups, regular haunts, etc. Anything would be appreciated.
The only time I’ve seen someone attempt “Tiki” in Iowa is Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines. That was.... interesting.

As Maori says, at least you’ve got options in surrounding states. Tikicat and Psycho Suzi’s are definitely top notch.



Fong's is good pizza. But I wish they'd stick to that. Theres .... bellhop(?) that just opened in des moines that does okay drinks (pretty syrupy), but more florida tropical bar than tiki.

I've gotten one buddy to start testing the waters. Hoping I can grow it from there.

Author:  E33 [ Thu May 28, 2020 3:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

I think you're doing it right. Reaching out to national groups can lead to finding people in your backyard that you wouldn't run into if there are no events or tiki bars nearby.

Author:  kai ahe [ Thu May 28, 2020 4:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

Contact Senator Charles Grassley--he's 88, but it sounds like he still knows how to party!

Author:  Kiani [ Thu May 28, 2020 7:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

E33 wrote:
I think you're doing it right. Reaching out to national groups can lead to finding people in your backyard that you wouldn't run into if there are no events or tiki bars nearby.



Yeah, I was hoping proximity to so many hot spots would mean I'd find people in the gaps to learn from in person. But I guess that's why there's the "if you build it, they will come" idea. Going to try and get something going.

Author:  leisure master [ Thu May 28, 2020 8:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How does one go about finding tiki practitioners in Iowa

Aloha Kiani!
I don't know much about Iowa, but one thing I have heard about Iowa is that if you build it, they will come. :fez:

I think you will either find other ohana or create them when they see what tiki is all about!

You seem to be taking the right steps. Maybe approach your local bar about doing a tiki night. Share the Beachbum Berry books, help them make syrups, put out the word. Our people always make themselves known!

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