Seminars: Friday, April 23rd, 2021

10am – 11:30am
Location: Hotel Valley Ho
All Ages

Hotel Valley Ho Magical History Tour w/ACE BAILEY

Designed by architect Edward Varney and Associates, Valley Ho is considered one of the best-preserved mid-century-modern hotels in the country. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of the buildings and grounds while exploring the hotel’s classic design elements. Did you know that Hotel Valley Ho was a true Hollywood hideaway? In its heyday, host to Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Natalie Wood and Zsa Zsa Gabor, among others!

Ace Bailey has worked in the arts and tourism fields for 20 years. Prior to establishing Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours she designed and conducted art tours both locally and throughout the Southwest, Seattle, and the Northwest coast. In 2010, Ace was appointed to the Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission. Currently she hosts the Magical Mystery Tour at the Hotel Valley Ho. | website

10am – 11am
Location: Valley Ho
All Ages

Fashion and Travel from the Golden Age of Transportation w/ Dave Temple

Many today bemoan the ordeal (and corresponding wardrobe choices) of modern travel. Look back at the glory days of transportation, from early transcontinental railway journeys to sumptuous transatlantic cruises to the miracle of Mid Century jet travel – see what people wore, and how they packed, to arrive in style.

Fashion Historian, Dave Temple, has exhibited from his collection, Clever Vintage Clothing, for over 30 years. He has produced fashion shows, vintage expos, and illustrated presentations from coast to coast. He and his husband, Sabino Gutierrez, supply wardrobe for your favorite film and television productions. They have been vendors at Tiki Oasis since 2012. | website

Location: Soho

You Can’t Spell Beachcomber without M-O-B. w/ Jason T. Smith

In 2018 Jason T. Smith acquired the business ledgers of Don The Beachcomber, Chicago starting in 1940. The books tell an incredible story of how Cora Sunny Sund, a powerful and shrewd business woman built the Don The Beachcomber Empire, in conjunction with the Chicago Mob. Donn Beach was only a paid employee at the company that bore his name. This seminar will focus on the years 1940-1953.

Jason T. Smith visited his first Tiki bar at 4 1/2 but didn’t really fall in love with Tiki until he was 30. His day job is professional thrifter so in making up for lost time, he has built an entire Tiki museum inside of his house from all the Tiki/Polynesian/Hawaiian gems he has found while thrifting. | website

2pm-3:30 AND 4pm-5:30pm
Location: Tropicana

Tiki Tasting – Presented by Hula’s Modern Tiki

Two Sessions! Interact with makers representing new products, and some of our old favorites. Arizona Tiki Oasis has curated a unique collection of a very limited number of rum and other spirit brands that go well in Tropical Cocktails! Presented by Hula’s Modern Tiki and featuring top spirit brands including Cutwater Spirits, Kona Bar Chocolates, Licor 43, Plantation Rum, Sapporo and Tanduay Rum. Includes a Tasting Glass.

Location: Meet in Portochere outside the lobby
All Ages

Hip Historian Marshall Shore Tiki Tour

Join Marshall Shore, the hip historian, for a walking tour on what makes the Scottsdale a unique destination. Explore unique architecture, music, Tiki-Polynesian culture, and music history.

Marshall Shore, a.k.a. Arizona’s Hip Historian, is librarian turned hipstorian. When moving to Arizona 18 years ago, he often heard the cry “there is no history here,” but that was simply not true. Following his passion for uncovering the weird, the wonderful, and the obscure treasures from our past, Shore celebrates those semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. He has developed an almost cult-like following for sharing history through trivia, tours, and lectures. | website


included with resort pass.

From Don to Steve to the Mai Kai: The Enigma of the Tahitian Cannibal Carvings w/ Sven Kirsten

Ever since Sven Kirsten pointed out this strange Tiki trio in his Book of Tiki, he has been fascinated by their mysterious origin and evolution. Originally introduced yet neglected by Don the Beachcomber, they were employed by key Tiki temples, and played a crucial role in the change from Pre-Tiki to Tiki style. Sven will share his years of research and every imaginable visual of this, his pet subject, which he immortalized in his 20 Year Book of Tiki anniversary mug.

It was his love for visuals that inspired Sven to collect and photograph the remnants of the forgotten culture of Polynesian pop in America, leading him to identify the Tiki as its icon. As a hunter and gatherer of lost artifacts and ephemera of this phenomenon, he began to see the pattern of a unique art form, publishing his findings in The Book of Tiki in September 2000. For the first time, the book presented all the aspects of Tiki style– its design, graphics, architecture, social culture, and cocktail mixology. The book put Tiki firmly on the map of American pop culture and is regarded as the standard work on the style. In 2007, Sven followed suit with his second book, Tiki Modern, then with Tiki Pop in 2014, and The Art of Tiki in 2017.  | website 

included with resort pass.


1950s Midcentury American culture promoted clean wholesome living…..but just below the surface was a wave of repressed sexual expression in exotic pop culture.  Take a peek behind the grass skirt as we explore this adult only look at Erotic Exotica!  We’ll venture into Playboy’s After Dark erotic grotto, visit the world of South Seas Swingers and explore the uninhibited all-inclusive side of the tiki lifestyle.  Stay after this educational seminar for a live performance featuring El Vez & Three Miss Tiki Oasis!

Mike Skinner lives in Denver, Colorado where he is a Professional Engineer, but his passion is researching and sharing Polynesian Pop culture stories. He is a Tiki Oasis veteran having presented popular seminars includingWild West Tiki; SeaWorld – San Diego’s Exotic Masterpiece; Waltah Clarke and the World of Aloha Fashion; and AHOY! Exploring Mid-Century Nautical History. |