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Tiki Oasis 2015 Launches Thursday

August 12, 2015 6:18 a.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews Tiki Oasis 2015.

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ANCHOR INTRO: Tiki Oasis boasts that it’s the biggest Tiki Weekender on the planet. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando explains what goes into gathering the Tiki tribe and what’s new this year.

Tiki Oasis is a 15-year-old convention that draws 3,000 people, runs four days, and has some 60 hours of symposiums. At Tiki Oasis you can learn how to hula hoop, throw a luau, or play ukulele. It also serves as a mecca for people into tiki style. Ram Udwin is a bitters maker and he says tiki is all about fun and escapism.

RAM UDWIN: Tiki is about living in Chicago in the middle of winter and walking into a tropical paradise and being handed a giant frothy delicious drink that might be on fire.

This year Udwin is staging the first San Diego Bartenders Tiki Battle on Sunday. Tiki Oasis runs Thursday through Sunday at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.