I'VE HEARD! The FOM Foundation Has Made A HUGE Charitable Contribution For 2018!

I'VE HEARD that the FOM Foundation has made it's annual donation to the Easter Island Foundation......and this year it's a doozy! With so much going on in the world that can bring spirits down - here's a little something that should give all readers a lift! The Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation's (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) 2018 donation of $26,525.00 to the Easter Island Foundation is one of our largest yet! These funds will be used by the EIF to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui, the Foundation’s general fund, music education on Rapa Nui, and archeological outreach. Here's a breakdown of how our 2018 contribution will be allocated:

1. The EIF General Treasury - $5,525.00. These funds will be used by The Easter Island Foundation towards general operating funds of the EIF, which promotes awareness of the fragility of the island's culture and resources - while building the strength of the community through scholarships and printed communications.

2. Scholarships - $16,000.00. These funds will be used to help select students living on Rapa Nui attend college, ultimately bringing that knowledge back to help improve their community. We will provide the specifics on those awards, once the EIF has made their selections.

3. The Tokai Music School - $3,000.00. These funds will be used by the Toki Rapa Nui Music School to teach free classes to more than 120 children, in classical disciplines (piano, cello, orchestras, violin, music theory, trumpet) and the Rapa Nui tradition (Rapa Nui dance, ancestral song, takona-body painting, hoko-rapanui ceremonial dance and ukulele). They also carry out different artistic and cultural activities open to the entire Rapa Nui community and promote environmental care and heritage rescue activities.

4. The Terevaka Outreach Program - $2,000.00 The Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program teaches the awareness and preservation of the cultural and environmental resources in the community, while documenting and studying the cultural and environmental changes of the past and today.

The Fraternal Order of Moai is based on 6 principles that we members hold dear: Celebration / Fellowship / Good Works / Presence / Preservation and Spirit - and this charitable contribution shows how we try to utilize those values and principles in our service to community and country and the world at large. We have a great time at our events - we Celebrate the spirit of Tiki and Polynesian Pop, and we revel in the Fellowship and friendships we make through our participation in the organization. We use our events to raise monies to do Good Work in the communities we live in - and around the world, and by our Presence show that we care about tradition and culture and our willingness to jump in and help where needed. We work hard to Preserve those things and traditions that we in the Tiki community hold dear, and through our enormous group Spirit - we achieve great things not only for ourselves, but for others as well.

Be proud of the work we do, but never rest on our laurels - we can do so much more - so let's see if we can beat this donation amount in 2019! Thanks to every Fellow who has helped to make this possible!

I'VE HEARD! That The FOM Foundation Has Made Another Charitable Contribution!

I'VE HEARD that the FOM Foundation has made a $2500.00 donation to americares (lighten up grammar cops - they use a small a in their name and logo...), in order to help those who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. americares has been providing essential medicine and relief supplies quickly and efficiently in times of natural and man-made disasters here at home and around the world. They also help provide lifesaving medicine and other critical aid to people living in desperately poor or conflict-ridden countries struggling for daily survival. In short - they do Good Work...

The FOM is based on 6 principles that we hold dear: Celebration / Fellowship / Good Works / Presence / Preservation and Spirit - and this charitable contribution shows how we try to utilize those values and principles in our service to community and country. We have a great time at our events - we Celebrate the spirit of Tiki and Polynesian Pop, and we revel in the Fellowship and friendships we make through our participation in the organization. We use our events to raise monies to do Good Work in the communities we live in - and around the world, and by our Presence show that we care about tradition and culture and our willingness to jump in and help where needed. We work hard to Preserve those things and traditions that we in the Tiki community hold dear, and through our enormous Spirit - we achieve great things not only for ourselves, but for others as well. Be proud of the work we do but never rest on our laurels - we can do so much more! Thanks to every Fellow who helped to make this possible!

For additional information on americares - go here: https://www.americares.org/en/what-we-do/emergency-programs/ep--hurricane-florence/

I’VE HEARD: Makahiki: A Night Of Tiki Results Are Coming Soon! Stay Tuned...

I'VE HEARD that this year's Makahiki: A Night Of Tiki went off without a hitch and was the best one yet! Put on by the PukaPuka FOM chapter in Indianapolis, this year included a new location and luau dinner before the main event. We will be posting their numbers and charitable donation results soon - stay tuned for all the details!

I’VE HEARD: The NEW Music For Moai II will be released at Ohana 10!

Ohana 10 is getting closer and closer – a fantastic Tiki event in Lake George New York! You say you've been hearing some rumblings about something special happening at Ohana 10? Something every bit as exciting as having Southern Culture On The Skids headline Ohana 10? Do you mean like that? Well - everything you've heard is true! The Fraternal Order of Moai is gonna shake things up again and do it in a big way! How are they going to do this, you ask? Hold on to your fez folks - The Fraternal Order of Moai and North East Surf Music Alliance proudly present an incredible CD of tiki, spy, lounge and exotica tracks - Music for Moai II: Music to Shake Cocktails By. This CD featuring surf bands - (and a cool bonus track by Bamboo Saxotica!) - playing original interpretations of exotica, spy, lounge and tiki music will be a MUST for your collection! I mean - how cool is that? Even better: ALL proceeds from Music for Moai II will benefit the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund which is used to support communities in the United States and abroad affected by natural disasters,especially places that have influenced tiki and Polynesian pop. Our friends with NESMA have been great supporters of FOM events and activities in the past - and this time is no exception. Of course - it helps that the founder and leader of NESMA is also FOM fellow (Honui) - our own Tikisurfin! NESMA is a network/directory/alliance of bands that believe in growing the genre of surf music. There are approximately 130 bands in this network currently, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, across Canada to Montreal and Toronto, south to Florida, and as far west as Minnesota? Basically, all North America areas east of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, the FOM has chosen many of the NESMA bands to perform at Ohana and other FOM events.

So now you're asking yourself - how can I get this piece of FOM history and how much is it? Well my friends - a bargain at any price - but for you? Ten Dollars. Yep - you heard right - $10 US dollars gets you all of these great tracks by these great bands:

Jungle Psychotica – Fisherman / What’s Up – The Supertones / Mystery Bowl – 9th Wave / Club Cabana – Big Surf / Tiki Tonight – The Clams / Tiki Lounge Mix – The Cocktail Preachers / Spooky Soca Surf - B11 / Spy vs. Spy – SpyTones / Ether Cocktail – The Derangers / Dragonfly Sunday – The Surge! / Siren Song - Go! Tsunami / Tango Marcia – The Serfs / Caixa dos Moluscos – Weisstronauts / Island of the Lost Tiki – 9th Wave / Mai Kai Flute - Bamboo Saxotica / Margarita Meltdown – The Cocktail Preachers / Night on the Nile – The Serfs / Six-Gun Party – The Urban Surf Kings / Shark Pit – Cutback / Spies in Love – The AmpFibians / Tiki Torch - SPF-4 / Snake Charmer – The Acoustic Surf Tones / Submerging – The Aquatudes / Haleiwa Sunset – TarantinosNYC / Pearl Harbor - Tsunami of Sound

That's 25 tracks of original music for only $10. And all for a good cause!!!
Music for Moai II

But wait - you say you're NOT going to Ohana 10 this year? You say you waited too long and now tickets are all gone? We'll discuss your failure to meet deadlines later young man/woman - right now just hang back a bit - we may have a way for you to get one of the great CDs too - all while supporting a great charitable effort by the FOM! Be sure to check back here often. You can also check the Music For Moai website for further information.

I’VE HEARD: Some 'Where Are They Now' Stories About FOM Scholarship Recipients!

I've Heard: that the Fraternal Order of Moai has been raising charitable funds for donation to the Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Fund for many years. We have made a difference in many young people's lives in Rapa Nui by providing financial help towards higher learning. These recipients of the funds then go back and use that knowledge to help their island and it's people. We wanted to see how some of these recipients of FOM monies fared, after their studies were completed, and what they were doing on the island now. We have several brief stories below with the reicpient's name and the years they were awarded the scholarships - and one VERY special story that you will soon read! As you read these scholarship winner's stories, every Fellow should be proud of the charitable work we have done in the past and excited about continuing that work in the future!

Lara Tarita Alarcon Rapu (2012, 2013)
Tarita currently lives on the island of Rapa Nui and formally worked as the Regional Counselor of Rapa Nui over the Valparaiso Region of Chile. This was her second term in this citizen elected position, but we have now been informed that Tarita has recently been elected as the new Governor of Rapa Nui! Tarita is the perfect example of someone who took the opportunity provided in part by the FOMs scholarship funds and used that opportunity to work for the continuous improvement of the island and the lives of the people living there. This is fantastic and all FOM fellows should be proud of their contribution to her success! We are VERY proud of Tarita and her accomplishments!

Ana Huki Fuentes (2010)
Ana is living on the island of Rapa Nui and working at the Hare Noi Hotel.

Merahi Atam Lopez (2011, 2012) Lives on the island and works for Monumentos y Consejos as an archaeologist.

Vaitiare Tuki Rengifo (2011)
Vaitiare lives on the island of Rapa Nui and teaches Physical Education at the elementary school.

Pamina Olivares Paoa (2013, 2014)
Pamina lives on the island of Rapa Nui and works as an architect for SEREMI, the local electricity and water regulatory board. In her words: "Right now I find myself working for SERVIU, the urban living service on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Our team works as consultants in charge of designs for the new rural housing for the Province. Also, we are in charge of improvements, repairs, and enlargements in subsidy housing that date from last year. I hope you are well, and I thank you again for the support of the Easter Island Foundation scholarship. I hope more Rapanui will be motivated to apply and take advantage of this scholarship."

Lafquen Passalaqua Hucke (2013, 2014)
Lafquen lives on the island and works in a retail apparel shop. She also consults as a Consejo Indígena – providing needed insight into the needs and wants of the indigenous peoples of Rapa Nui

Every FOM Fellow should be proud of these young people who are making a difference in the place they live. Our charitable works are helping people to improve their lives and the land they live on. Congratulations to all of the folks, and to you - The Fellows of FOM!!!

I’VE HEARD: 9th Wave Is Playing At Ohana 10 – And The Band Has FOM Fellows In It!

Ohana 10 is getting closer and closer – a fantastic Tiki event in Lake George New York!. I'VE HEARD that the 9th Wave Band was going to be playing again this year, and wanted to reach out and get their perspective on Ohana and the FOM. FOM member Tikisurfin has stepped forward to represent the band and give us all his insight on these matters. Links to the band’s website and Ohana 10 are provided below:

Please give an introduction of yourself and a little bit about the band
My FOM name is “Tikisurfin”, and my real name is Mike “Staccato” Rosado. As you may know (or not know) I wear many, many hats (fezzes)! I am the founder and leader of 9th Wave hot-rod surf band since 1995. The band has 7 recorded CDs full of original tunes that I have written. These include hot-rod, surf, spy, lounge, tiki, exotica, spaghetti western and sci-fi genres. We play about 25 shows per year – and 9th Wave has been designated “The Official Band of Ohana” – we have played every Ohana north and south, and are very much looking forward to Ohana Ten!

I am also the founder and leader of NESMA (the North East Surf Music Alliance), since 2002. NESMA is a network/directory/alliance of bands that believe in growing the genre of surf music. There are approximately 130 bands in this network currently, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, across Canada to Montreal and Toronto, south to Florida, and as far west as Minnesota, eh? Basically, all North America areas east of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, the FOM has chosen many of the NESMA bands to perform at Ohana and other FOM events. In fact, the NESMA website did a monthly spotlight interview about the FOM in October 2008 – and now you are interviewing ME!

In addition, I currently serve as the Rua Tohunga of the Queequeg Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai (New England.) I am honored to be designated as an Honui Moai, and have been a member of FOM since 2015.

You might also know me as the the Ohana “midnight taco and food guy”. Many folks may have interacted with me on either a Thursday, Friday or Saturday late night at any Ohana when I could be found serving hot snacks, including pizza rolls, mozzarella stix, tacos, and rice bowls (meat AND veggie!)

Finally, my house is decorated throughout in tiki style. Bamboo-thatched living room, bamboo tiki bar, door moldings hand-carved with tiki designs, rows of tiki mugs over the windows, leopard and zebra print carpeting, nautical touches, a set of vibraphones in the living room.

What was your first exposure to Tiki and Polynesian Pop?
TV – Hawaii 5-0 and Gilligan’s Island, and the Brady Bunch Hawaiian episodes. I became transfixed by everything Polynesian/Hawaiian, and tropical/South Pacific. I also loved bamboo! An early influence I remember well was that my brother and I got a “shrunken head” (made of goatskin) from the MET in New York. We took turns hanging it on the handle-bars of our bikes. I still like shrunken heads and have several in my home. In addition, I was also fascinated with “I Dream of Jeannie”, “Lost in Space”, and “Star Trek” from that mid-century period.

What was it about Tiki that really grabbed your attention?
Bamboo, shrunken heads, and later on, the cocktails.

How did you find the other members of the band who seem to share the same love of Tiki - and surf music - as you do?
Like most bands, we’ve had personnel changes over the past 23 years. However, in 2000 when my band was playing at Sleazefest in Chapel Hill, NC, I hosted a tiki cocktail pool party and became known as the tiki cocktail guy at Sleazefest. My band members also became immersed in the cocktail culture. When we traveled to shows, I would always bring the trusted “booze suitcase”, complete with tiki stirrers and cocktail umbrellas. 9th Wave specialty “on-the-road” cocktails consisted of Zombies, Mai Tais, and other exotic cocktails. We have now been fortunate to have the same band line-up for the past 15 years, and all the band members are interested in tiki culture and cocktails. Regarding surf music, all the current band members used to play in other bands (punk, rock, indie, classical) but liked surf music and came to 9th Wave shows as fans, then eventually ended up joining the band.

How did you come to be involved with the Fraternal Order of Moai?
I was having my annual tiki party at my home. A mutual acquaintance had mentioned 9th Wave to Sully (who runs Ohana) as possible entertainment for NETT 2 (North East Tiki Tour). Sully came to the party, 9th Wave played, and the rest is history! We played NETT2, and then NETT3 (which became Ohana – damn, it was cold in Lake George in September!) I started cooking hot snacks and helping with band set-up at that first Ohana (September 2009). So from 2009-2015, I was helping with band (and food) logistics for FOM national events. In 2015, I decided to declare my intention to join FOM. The impetus was a return trip from Ohana South 1 (1,420 miles) with 150 miles of hurricane force winds and a flooded interstate in a packed van full of band equipment. I realized at that point that I not only liked it, but I LOVED it, and would do it again. When I got home, I declared my intention to join the FOM.

What about the FOM keeps you involved, and how do you see you and your band helping you stay involved in FOM activities?
I believe in the missions and the goals and the vision of the FOM. I currently serve as Rua Tohunga, and my wife, Oceana Nalu, is Tohunga of the Queequeg Chapter, so I am currently very involved at the local level and plan to continue to do so. I have a stellar record of attendance at Chapter meetings! (My wife is also in my band.)

You have one choice of one song to be played as your final wish - what is it?
Well, I would pick one of my original tunes off our 7th CD, “Surfin’ with Poseidon”, the title track “Surfin’ with Poseidon”. This track says it all.

And finally - and most importantly: Why does the FOM goat love cheese so much?
There is cheese made from cows.
There is cheese made from goats.
It is kapu for goats to eat goat cheese.
BUT Triscuits and cheese with a cocktail – yum…

Equals taog eht.

And that my friends sums up what you can expect from the fine folks in 9th Wave at this year's Ohana 10! Thank you Tikisurfin for all you do for the organization and conitnued Good Luck with 9th Wave!




I'VE HEARD! The names of the FOM 2018 Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Awards!


I've Heard that its time for another reminder of the charitable spirit of the FOM! The local chapters of the FOM hold events throughout the year to raise money for many charities, both local and global. We previously reported that the FOM had raised a record amount of funds through various charitable chapter functions for 2017's donation to the Easter Island Foundation. Those in the FOM know how much planning and work go into these charity events (hint: it's ALOT) but they do it because the funds we send to the EIF for their scholarship fund help the youth of that area to keep and preserve their way of life, while also improving the life condition of those who live there. To us - it's worth the effort. The EIF sent us a list of this years scholarship award recipients, along with a short bio written by each student. We honestly can't edit or say anything for them that would be better than their own words - so we will reprint those bios in full - first their names and their awards, and then their words. The Fellows in the FOM should be proud of the good they do when they help these students obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to help the people of Rapa Nui stay prosperous, safe, happy and healthy.

This year the EIF and Island Scholarship Committees awarded scholarships to deserving Rapa Nui students using the $13,000.00 that the EIF received from the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, awarding six $2000 awards and one $1000 to the following students:

Benitez Tepano: Public Relations - Marketing ($2000 Award)
The knowledge I have gained at the university has been a great contribution to my personal and professional development. Every subject has helped me to form new competencies, as well as for the realization of different projects to help macro and micro entrepreneurs, social organizations and all people of the island. This knowledge, which I can share, will help the development and empowerment of business, the use of social media or digital media to transmit messages or communication campaigns, or improve the reputation of a company or a brand. I improved my level of English level for better communication as well as my skills to maintain good relationships with people. In conclusion, I can say that every day my studies are helping me to gain new knowledge as well as to be a better person.

Maeha León Duran: Fashion Design - Industrial Process ($2000 Award)
I want to return to Rapa Nui to carry out workshops and classes to teach the care and manner of using traditional Rapanui materials with the aim of saving and preserving ancestral clothing and improving the quality and preparation of garments to be used in parades and cultural festivals. Every year during Tapati Rapa Nui, the most important festival on the island, I feel very proud of my culture and I participate in all the events. I take this opportunity to share what I have learned in my studies, from molding to sewing, and I complement this using the raw materials of the island such as shells, banana stems, feathers and mahute, improving the design without losing what is oldest and ancestral.

Tipanie Blanco Velásquez: Medicine ($2000 Award)
I grew up with my paternal grandparents so that I could get a better education. I went to school in Santiago, far from my mother on Rapa Nui, to opt for a better future. Thanks to the sacrifice and support of my family, especially my four grandparents and my parents, I was able to study medicine at the University of Santiago de Chile. All the effort and sacrifice of being away from my family is bearing fruit today: I am fulfilling the childhood dream I had of studying how the human body works, and thus helping the people to have a better quality of life. When I finish my studies and gain more professional experience, I will return to my beloved island, to offer my services as a doctor to the Rapanui community, and thus help more Rapanui young people to achieve their dreams, just as I am doing.

Américo Loyola Edmunds; Agronomy ($2000 Award)
I hope to do well in my last year in the study of Agronomy. The previous year was one of the most difficult, due to economic and health issues in my family. I want to emphasize that without this scholarship I do not think I would have had the possibility of studying, so I thank you with all my heart for the help you have given me. The scholarship has allowed me to gain a greater professional development and to strengthen my goals. After I receive my degree in Agronomy, I would like to share my knowledge with future generations and undertake new projects that encourage organic farming on Easter Island with the intention of reducing the use of chemicals in fruits and vegetables for human consumption.

Terangi Riroroco Oyarzun: Logistics and Transport Engineering ($2000 Award)
After finishing my studies, I would like to gain some experience and return to the island to help in the transportation area. When I was child, I saw people walking or on their horses; when I went to school I would see people walking and talking. Today you only see cars, and every year when I return from school I see more cars, which are already bringing problems. We need short and long-term solutions. I would like to propose municipal ordinances to facilitate the flow of vehicles and at the same time go back to those times where you walked down the street and met your cousins, uncles, nephews or neighbors. What I do not want is to reach the height of installing traffic lights to be able to regulate traffic, because the island would lose the essence that makes it so unique.

Guillermo Alvarez Rivera: Industrial Mathematical Engineering ($2000 Award)
As a student of Industrial Mathematical Engineering and a member of the Rapanui community,my interest lies in the optimal development of our public and private businesses through well structured management, and the use of mathematical statistical tools in political, demographic, social and / or Rapa Nui fauna and flora studies. My initial idea is to achieve the specialization in Industrial Mathematical Engineering to acquire the necessary knowledge to be able to address any optimization problem needed by businesses on Rapa Nui, so that they can generate a greater number of benefits that will translate into the ability to provide better services to our community. Not only is knowledge necessary, but so is work experience. Hence, one of my highest goals is to acquire experience working both in Chile and abroad and in this way and return to Rapa Nui with the best tools and the most modern knowledge that the world can give me.

Nicolas Pakomio Gardella: Music ($1000 Award)
Once I finish my studies, I intend to use the knowledge I gain at the university to transmit the ancestral wisdom that I have been given through music and oral tradition in my culture. I want to preserve the oral and musical tradition for posterity in detailed writing, so that this record can be used as a teaching tool, facilitating the transmission of the richness of our culture and guaranteeing its permanence in time, so that we, as Rapanui people, can value this wealth of knowledge.

I've Heard!!! Tickets For Ohana 10 Luau At The Lake Go On Sale Today At 11am EST!!!

Link: http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/index.php


The rumblings have been present all week! With an ear to the ground - I've Heard that the Ohana 10 Luau At The Lake tickets go on sale TODAY (February 13, 2018) at 11am EST!

Tickets can be purchased at the URL link listed above!
For people not familiar with Ohana Luau at the Lake, our own Princess Pupule recently described the event: "Ohana Luau at the Lake is an awesome Tiki weekend event held at the Tiki Resort, a 1950’s throwback located in the town of Lake George, New York. (“Ohana” is an Hawaiian culture word for ‘family’, in an extended sense of the term). Ohana Luau at the Lake is an exciting weekend of fun, live music, cocktails, shopping and camaraderie with the Ohana, during a weekend that many look forward to all year long. AND - if it isn’t enough to have an AWESOME Tiki weekend – the event is done to raise money for The Fraternal Order of Moai’s charity of choice: The Easter Island Foundation, a 501c(3). A majority of the funds raised are being used to fund scholarships for people from Easter Island, with the remaining funds used to support other programs that enrich the island and the people who live there."

As this is the 10th year of this great Tiki event, you can be sure that plenty of exciting things are planned for that weekend! What exciting things, you may ask? How about we start off with a KILLER Kickoff Party, Thursday June 28th on Lake George aboard the beautiful (and air-conditioned!) Lac du Saint Sacrement steamship! This is a huge ship with two bars, plus a service bar (no waiting for cocktails - WOO HOO!) and a special cocktail menu we've worked out just for our event! FOUR Buffet lines of delicious food and a HUGE dance floor/stage with a balcony await your dining and dancing pleasure! Trust me - this is going to be one crazy fun Kickoff Party! These Kickoff Party tickets are $50 and are above and beyond the cost of the Ohana event tickets. THEY WILL SELL OUT! Buy yours TODAY so you don't miss all the fun!

Now for the main event! All weekend long you will be transported to a tropical paradise at the beautiful (and old-school!) Tiki Resort in Lake George, NY! There you will enjoy hours and hours of food, drinks, music, seminars and whatever else can be pulled out to make your weekend one of the most memorable events that you will ever have in your life (except for that colonoscopy that they didn't knock you out for - sorry to remind you...)! Your Ohana ticket will gain you entry into this event and allow you to experience all that the party has to offer. The ticket DOES NOT get you a sleeping room at the Tiki - you must make your own reservations - if they are sold out there are several other hotels in very close proximity. Oh - did we mention the entertainment yet? My bad......how about Southern Culture On The Skids for the main act that weekend!!! Delivering what Rolling Stone magazine called “a hell raising rock and roll party", things should be in full swing that evening - you have been warned! Other entertainment will be announced as we get nearer to the event - there are always great musical acts to provide entertainment all weekend long!

You have been warned - this event WILL SELL OUT!!! Don't fool around and wait - BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY WHEN THEY GO ON SALE AT 11am ESTe will see you there! For further event information, please follow the URL link posted above.

F.O.M. sends annual donation to the Easter Island Foundation


We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for Ohana: Luau at the Lake 2017 and Chicago Area Tiki Tour 3 the Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, has donated $19,500 to the Easter Island Foundation to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui, the Foundation’s general fund, music education on Rapa Nui, and archeological outreach.

The Easter Island Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, was named by the Moai as our national charity in 2008.

Funds for this gift, including a portion of general event proceeds and silent auction/mystery bowl auction donations, were raised at Ohana: Luau at the Lake in Lake George, New York, and the Chicago Area Tiki Tour. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, performers, and attendees, everyone had “fun with a purpose” while raising money for these important scholarships and the foundation that distributes them.

This gift to the Easter Island Foundation has been split into four parts.

First, $13,000 will be donated to support several scholarships, which will be awarded to Rapa Nui students for use in paying college expenses. Preference will be given to those students who intend to return with skills which will benefit the Rapa Nui people and island upon graduation. More information about scholarship recipients will be announced once the Easter Island Foundation scholarship committee awards these funds.

Funds from the Chicago Area Tiki Tour, organized by the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai, will continue funding for the “Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Carlson Scholarship."

This adds to $52,525 in previous Easter Island Foundation scholarship awards funded by the Fraternal Order of Moai.

In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $3,000 will be donated to the Easter Island Foundation's general fund to support the other work of the foundation which includes promoting conservation and protection of the fragile cultural heritage of Easter Island and other Polynesian islands. Among its many projects, the Foundation established the William Mulloy Library on the island; funds archaeological research; publishes a series of books about Easter Island and Polynesia; publishes Rapa Nui Journal; and sponsors conferences about Easter Island and Polynesia.

We have also donated $1,500 to be used to support Toki Rapa Nui Music School which provides free music education to children on the island.

An additional $1,500 to be used to support the Terevaka Archaeological Outreach program.

The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for the tenth annual Ohana: Luau at the Lake in June 2018 are rolling along. We are also excited at the prospect of growing our charitable support for the Easter Island Foundation and other worthy causes.

Come join the Moai and experience "fun with a purpose" for yourself. Find more information online at facebook.com/TheMoai and @TheMoai.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

I've Heard: From Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry!


In our never-ending search for all the Tiki news that fits (“If it fits – we’ll print it!”), we reached out to the Big Daddy of today’s Tiki Torch Bearers (TTBs) – someone who is a driving force in bringing more and more of the Tiki lifestyle to the hungry masses: Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry! Jeff graciously agreed to a FOM interview and we are happy to present that to you now. Be sure take a few minutes and meet another TTB who is creating the vibe we all enjoy so much!.

Please give our readers a quick background on yourself
(BBB): Beginning in 1994, I published a series of books about the long-lost recipes of the American tiki drink's golden age, which lasted from the Depression to the Disco era. Many of these recipes were closely guarded trade secrets that had never before been published. After tracking these recipes down, I often had to "decode" them, as they were written in a number code to stop rival tiki bartenders from stealing them.

These books — and eventually my iPhone drink app “Total Tiki,” co-created with Martin Doudoroff — revealed the "lost" secret recipes that are now served in neo-Tiki bars around the world, including the Jet Pilot, Saturn, Three Dots & A Dash, and the original 1934 Zombie. Along the way, David Wondrich in Esquire magazine dubbed me “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution,” Food & Wine called me “one of the world’s leading rum experts,” and the New York Times said I was “the Indiana Jones of Tiki drinks.”

As the 21st century Tiki Revival grew, it became time to stop writing about drinks and start serving them. So my wife Mrs. Bum (alias Annene Kaye) and I opened Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 in late 2014, in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.

I’ve also co-created a line of Tiki barware with Cocktail Kingdom, and co-created a retail line of falernum and orgeat syrups with Adam Kolesar of Orgeat Works.

What was the first time you encountered Tiki/Polynesian Pop culture and what did you think about the experience?
BBB): As a six-year-old taken to Polynesian restaurants in the 1960s, I watched grown-ups ordering these amazing-looking exotic cocktails served with ice cones molded around straws, fancifully garnished with flaming lime shells. But by the time I was old enough to order one, it was the 1980s and all the places that served them were disappearing. So I looked into how to make them myself.

I originally started in libraries, looking up old magazines, and in used book stores, searching for old recipe books. I also scoured swap meets and paper ephemera shows for old Polynesian restaurant menus. Aside from the Trader Vic books (which spilled many but not all of his secrets), I didn't learn much this way. Because the original restaurants were so profitable -- and what drove the profits were the drinks -- that they kept the recipes secret. They wouldn't publish them, so people couldn’t make them at home.

The other reason recipes weren't written down was that the big restaurant owners, like Don the Beachcomber, didn't want their competitors to get them. The people he hired to tend bar knew only that a recipe called for a half ounce of "spice number two" or a dash of "syrup number four"—that's how the bottles were labeled. So if a rival restaurateur hired away one of Donn’s barmen, that barman still wouldn’t know what was in Donn’s recipes.

Eventually, after I published my first book, I persuaded some of these old guys to open up, and eventually I got their little black recipe books. But even there they were in code. It wasn't enough to get the books; I still couldn't make the drinks. I had to crack the code, by combining evidence with guesswork and experimentation -- which in some cases took several years. Tracking down and decoding these vintage recipes involved a lot of time and effort. So whenever I discovered a “lost” drink that wasn’t satisfying, but had the potential to be, I hated just to file it and move on. Instead, I sometimes spent weeks adapting and tweaking such drinks into something worth printing. Without even being aware of it, I was home-schooling myself in the building blocks of exotic drinkery. Eventually I started making drinks from scratch.

How do you see yourself and your role in the current Tiki revival?
(BBB): I’m not one to toot my own conch shell, so I’ll let Robert Simonson of the New York Times do it: “Without Jeff Berry’s diligence in tracking down barkeeps from Trader Vic’s and Don the Beachcomber and prying from them the drink recipes secreted in their brains, the tiki revival that began in the late 2000s simply wouldn’t have occurred.”

And here’s M. Carrie Allen, writing in The Washington Post: “If you’ve had a good tiki drink, one that layered rums in a way that really worked, that contained flavors you couldn’t quite put your finger on, you were probably an unknowing beneficiary of Berry’s work.”

What do you know about the Fraternal Order of Moai and its mission?
(BBB): I know that some of my best friends are members (aloha, Joe & Nicole Desmond!) and that FOM does fine charitable work for Pacific Islanders.

What do you see for the future of the Tiki/Polynesian Pop movement?
(BBB): I can’t speak for the future of the movement writ large, but my future is Tiki till the end of time — well, anyway, till the end of my time. Specifically, at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, which is my forever home, and the place that makes me happiest.

Please tell us about any upcoming projects that you might have in the works
(BBB): I just finished putting together a deluxe 10-Year anniversary edition of “Sippin’ Safari.” This edition will feature a new “afterward” taking readers through the ten years after “Sippin’” first appeared: the explosive tiki cocktail revolution that no-one saw coming in 2007, which was aided and abetted by the craft cocktail renaissance that grew on parallel tracks, ending with the opening of amazing new tiki cocktail bars around the world.

There will also be 14 additional, previously unpublished vintage Tiki drink recipes. And 10 new recipes from the Tiki Revival around the world.

Cocktail Kingdom will publish the book in a hardcover edition, we hope by late October or early November.

And now for a question of Supreme Importance to the Fellows of FOM: What are some of the possible reasons that clowns inspire a ‘fight or flight’ mechanism in some FOM members?
(BBB): Their greasepaint recalls horrific memories of encountering Tikis painted bright red and green at restaurants that used to be Tiki bars.

Thank you Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry for a great interview and for your support of the Fraternal Order of Moai - we look forward to all new projects and adventures of yours!

I'VE HEARD! That The Kon-Tiki Chapter Fellows Will Be Getting Free Cocktails Very Soon!

Link: http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/news/index.php

I've Heard that the Kon-Tiki Chapter of the FOM now has an official Kon-Tiki Chapter Challenge Coin! If that thing gets slapped down on the bar next to you 'Fellow FOM Types' - and you don't have a Challenge Coin to respond with? Oooohhhhh - I'd make sure you carry a lot of cash with you - it could get ugly. To spare yourself the pain of buying cocktails for Kon-Tikis all night (the Kon-Tikis will not notice your suffering - they will be too busy ingesting that free cocktail!) - I might suggest that you check in with the Kon-Tiki folks and they might be able to tell you how your chapter can get a Chapter Challenge Coin too. But wait a bit if you will please - they would like a few free cocktails on your dime first!


I've Heard...From Ed Rudisell!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/edrudisell

In our never-ending search for all the Tiki news that fits (“If it fits – we’ll print it!”), we reached out to another one of today’s Tiki Torch Bearers (TTBs) – someone who is a driving force in bringing more and more of the Tiki lifestyle to the hungry masses: Ed Rudisell! Ed has been in the food and beverage industry for many, many years and is well known among Indiana Tiki-philes. Ed has some great and exciting news to send out in his interview below, so take a few minutes and meet another TTB who is creating the vibe we all enjoy so much!.

Please give our readers a quick background on yourself.
(ER):I'm a restaurateur in Indianapolis. I've been in the industry my whole working life, but didn't really take it seriously as a career choice until I was nearly 30. My wife and I opened a Thai restaurant in the Fountain Square neighborhood in Indianapolis in the Fall of 2008 and have since opened 3 more places and stay involved in a variety of projects. I also co-host a food + drink podcast called Shift Drink Podcast (shiftdrinkpodcast.com). That's just a fun project for myself and my co-host. We don't make money from it, but it's a great excuse to meet interesting people from all over the world.

What was the first time you encountered Tiki/Polynesian Pop culture?
(ER): The earliest I can remember would be from visiting the local, old school Chinese joint not far from where I grew up on the southside of Indianapolis. They're still open and still have the classic menus (though quite faded now), Koi pond, Tiki mugs, and Pu Pu Platters! (Editor's Note - this would be the fabulous Lotus Garden in Greenwood, Indiana!) Though that's probably the first time I encountered a slice of it, rum is what re-introduced me as an adult. One of our places, Black Market, has over 125 rums available on the shelf. Years ago we started off with a small collection and not much knowledge about rum but I now hunt down esoteric and rare bottlings wherever I am. I have a particular obsession with earthy rhum agricole and funky, Jamaican pot still rums. The rum and Tiki worlds overlap quite a bit, so my love of rum lead me back to Tiki.

Why do you think Tiki/Polynesian Pop culture continues to be popular?
(ER): It's timeless. For the general population, I think the escapism aspect is definitely a draw. As trends ebb and flow, I think people always are looking for that escape. As everyone soon finds out, the rabbit hole goes deep. Once you have that first properly-made Mai Tai, it's just a matter of time before the rest grabs a hold of you.

What do you know about the Fraternal Order of Moai?
(ER): I found about about the Fraternal Order of Moai through my friendship with Rev_Dan in Indianapolis. I've known him since high school and we re-connected through our love of cocktails and rum. We get together every so often and talk rum, Tiki, and travel. He's got a great bar in his basement called Blue Demon's Hideaway. When I'm there, we're usually making some stiff drinks with the every-so-funky Rum Fire from Hampden Estate in Jamaica. I occasionally post in the Port about rum though I'm not very good about staying active there with my busy restaurant life. I also particularly love the work that the FOM does with the Easter Island Foundation. It's great that Tiki people band together to not only enjoy each others' company but also to help people in the islands.

Tell us about your upcoming project.
(ER): The General Manager at Black Market and I recently decided to take our rum and Tiki interests and 'spin it off' from Black Market and open a Tiki bar ourselves. We are working closely with Dave Hansen of Lake Tiki on the design and plan to bring a fun and unique place to the city. We wanted to represent the Midwest well. We love the work of the coastal guys, but wanted to pay homage to the Midwest's place in Tiki history. After all, Stephen Crane was from Indiana. I don't want to give away anything too early (we won't be open until toward the end of this year) but the layout of the building - which used to be a courtroom - gives us some interesting design opportunities that larger markets like Chicago rarely get. We're leaning on some of the darker aspects of the culture - headhunters, cannibals, skulls, and PNG tribal art. The research has been a lot of fun. The logistics not so much. Ha!

What do you see for the future of the Tiki/Polynesian Pop movement?
(ER): I think it's full steam ahead. As events like Ohana Luau At The Lake, Tiki Oasis, Hukilau, Tiki Kon, and the like get bigger and bigger every year, it's coming back into the forefront of public consciousness. I have a lot of employees that are considered millennials and they're getting interested. Everything ebbs and flows. I know not everyone is going to get fully immersed in the culture, but I think bartenders and bar owners are starting to learn more about Tiki culture rather than just have a passing interest in the cocktails. Right now Tiki cocktails are trendy and I, for one, am ecstatic about that. I've heard a lot of Tikiphiles get upset that most bartenders don't understand the provenance of the drinks and therefore shouldn't be serving them, but a lot of people initially come to Tiki through the cocktails and rum. This era is going to ignite passion in a lot of people. The bars that are just interested for the sake of trendiness will move on to something else when the next hot thing comes along. But, in their wake will be a lot of bartenders and customers that got their first taste of Tiki during this current wave of excitement. When you ask "when was the first time you encountered Tiki culture" to someone 20 years from now, they're going to answer, "back around 2017".

And now for a question of Supreme Importance to the Fellows of FOM: If there is such a thing as reincarnation – what do goats come back as?
(ER): Our Overlords...

REMINDER! The Hula Hop In Columbus Ohio Is Fast Approaching - Are YOU Gonna Be There??? (Saturday August 12, 2017)

Link: http://www.hulahopcolumbus.com/

For the past few years the Kahiki Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai has had the honor and privilege to host the Hot Rod Hula Hop. The event has always delivered on its promise of a good time for a good cause. This year the Kahiki Chapter Fellows are shaking things up a bit. While we have always loved classic cars and bowling, we are going to focus on the Tiki aspect of the event this year and therefore, we proudly present THE HULA HOP!

THE HULA HOP is a one day Polynesian pop, Tiki themed street festival to be held in downtown Columbus, Ohio on Grant Ave. (“Home of the Grass Skirt Tiki Room”) between Gay St. and Long St. The festival kicks off at noon Saturday, August 12th with vendors, food trucks, and bands. The musical entertainment this year is outta sight! This year the Hula Hop presents Francis Lacuna, Apocalypso, The Hellroys, Mummula, Superfez!, and The Darts.

Come on down, sip on a tropical cocktail and enjoy the bands performing on an open air stage. Take off your shoes and relax on our downtown luau sand beach. Peruse the dozens of vendors that will be on hand. Visit with George, the legendary fountain that once greeted guests at the Kahiki Supper Club. There is more, so much more to announce , so stay tuned and check in to www.hulahopcolumbus.com and check us out on Facebook.

Want to be a Vendor at the Hula Hop?

Thinking about being a Sponsor for the Hula Hop?

The Hula Hop is now accepting vendors and sponsors. If you, or someone you know would like to be a vendor or be a sponsor shoot us an email at [email protected]

I've Heard.......From Martin Cate!!!

Link: http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/news/index.php

In our never-ending search for all the Tiki news that fits (“If it fits – we’ll print it!”), we reached out to one of today’s Tiki Torch Bearers (TTBs) – someone who is a driving force in bringing more and more of the Tiki lifestyle to the hungry masses: Martin Cate! Martin owns Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco – named one of the 50 Greatest Bars on Earth by the Times of London 6 years running, Best American Cocktail Bar in 2016 at the annual Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards, and many, many other awards and industry recognitions. In addition, he is the co-owner of Hale Pele in Portland, Oregon, the False Idol in San Diego and a partner at Lost Lake in Chicago. His 2016 book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki” was recently named the 2017 James Beard Media Award for Best Beverage Book. So, let’s face it – the guy is a busy man! That’s why we are so pleased that he was willing to take a few minutes to answer some questions about him, his background, and of course – a very important FOM question. Enjoy!

What is your fondest memory of US popular culture as you were growing up?
(MC): I had a handful of Tiki experiences as a kid, one of which really stuck with me as my first exposure to “dining as experience”. But I suppose like most 70s kids, Star Wars was probably my fondest US pop culture memory.

What was it about Tiki and Polynesian Pop culture that attracted you to it?
(MC): I was entranced by the artwork and the immersive environments. The overall sensation of being in a great Tiki bar- of it being both an escape but also cozy and sheltering. A sense of protection from some imaginary storm, with a comforting cocktail in hand.

How does it feel to have become a ‘celebrity’ around the Tiki / Polynesian Pop / Cocktail culture? Has it changed your life in any way?
(MC): Well, I certainly consider myself very fortunate to have been able to make my passion my profession. I love being able to share my thoughts on rum and exotic cocktails with people at events around the world. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to use my success to further my education at distilleries throughout the Caribbean, and Rebecca and I were both incredibly flattered by all the Tiki people who came to see us on our book tour. (and getting to do a book tour that went to Tiki bars was as good as it sounds!!)

When did you hear about the Fraternal Order of Moai and how do you feel about their charitable work?
(MC): Seems like I remember when the FOM was just getting started and I met a few early members. It’s amazing how much it’s grown, and the scholarship for students from Rapa Nui is a really smart and creative way to give back.

What do see as the future for the interest in Tiki and Polynesian Pop culture – a ‘fad’ that will peak and fade (again), or a trend that will continue to grow in interest and participation?
(MC): I don’t think it will ever be as big as it was in the heyday- there are just too many other entertainment options and diverse interests today. But I like to think that Tiki bars are making a small but welcome comeback to the American landscape, and I’m happy to see more people building their own backyard paradises as well. Life in 2017 certainly demands that you unplug and take some away from it!

Any new plans that you might want to give us a hint about, regarding you and your work?
(MC): Nothing set in stone. Been working on steady improvements on the Cove all year, including much needed additional seating. And we’re coming up on the 5th Anniversary of Hale Pele, so we’ve just launched a new logo and we’ll be pouring a bunch of new décor into the space over the next few months. Yep, a Tiki bar getting more Tiki- isn’t that nice to hear for a change?

And Most Importantly: Pie or No Pie?
(MC): Always pie. Dutch Apple Pie with the streusel topping. Oh yeah.

I've Heard!!! The FOM Continues To Grow!!!

I've Heard about a map that shows the states and countries of people who have attended all of the Ohanas over the years! Dig it - the FOM continues to move towards GTI (Global Tiki Influence)!  Mahalo to all Fellows who work so hard to bring the the FOM message to the world: Fun With A Purpose!


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