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Tiki Oasis 2017: A Look At The Most Tiki Outfits

From left: Todd, Corinna and Valentino Evett pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
From left: Todd, Corinna and Valentino Evett pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

The 18th annual Tiki Oasis, arguably the biggest tiki weekender on the globe, is underway in San Diego. Tiki celebrates the island lifestyle and is all about fun and escapism.

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The convention draws about 3,000 tiki-style fans and offers live music, symposiums, tiki art, fashion shows and more. This year’s theme, International Intrigue, is all about espionage ... the showbiz variety.

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KPBS stopped by the convention to take a look at the best outfits this year. Here’s a sneak peek at how some of the most dedicated fans showed their tiki spirit.

A family affair

A family that tikis together stays together. Todd Evett, Corinna Evett and their pup Valentino put on their best tiki outfit for the weekend convention.

The 'International Men of Mystery'

This group of friends dressed up as spies in search of the world's greatest Mai Tai cocktail. Derreck Pickard, from Washington, Lawrence Scott, from San Diego, Aaron James, from Las Vegas, Jesse Robinson, from Sacramento, and Thomas Hunt, from Costa Mesa, call themselves the International Men of Mystery.

Derreck Pickard, from Washington, Lawrence Scott, from San Diego, Aaron James, from Las Vegas, Jesse Robinson, from Sacramento, and Thomas Hunt, from Costa Mesa, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 11, 2017.
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Derreck Pickard, from Washington, Lawrence Scott, from San Diego, Aaron James, from Las Vegas, Jesse Robinson, from Sacramento, and Thomas Hunt, from Costa Mesa, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 11, 2017.

The pink ladies

A '50s hair style with a twist: Cheryl Depoorter and Kimi Babbitt from Long Beach show a classic tiki look.

Cheryl Depoorter and Kimi Babbitt from Long Beach pose for at photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Cheryl Depoorter and Kimi Babbitt from Long Beach pose for at photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

Carmen Miranda?

Nicki Rey, from San Diego, shows us the hairdo is just as important as the dress.

Nicki Rey, from San Diego, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Nicki Rey, from San Diego, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

Twinsies

Sarah Franko and Bobby Franko, from San Francisco, wear one of the most colorful fabrics at the convention.

Sarah Franko and Bobby Franko, from San Francisco, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Sarah Franko and Bobby Franko, from San Francisco, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

Classic tiki

Elena Leblanc, from San Diego, shows off her flawless tiki style.

Elena Leblanc, from San Diego, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Elena Leblanc, from San Diego, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

Groovy tiki

Mark and Steph Gunning, from San Diego, wear '60s matching island outfits.

Steph Gunning and Mark Gunning, from San Diego, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Steph Gunning and Mark Gunning, from San Diego, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

A modern twist

Colleen and Michael Yoon show a mix of tiki and rock ’n’ roll.

Colleen and Michael Yoon, from San Diego, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Colleen and Michael Yoon, from San Diego, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

It takes talent

Kelly Sloane, from San Diego, made the parrot that sits on her head. She creates outfits like this one in her shop MsFormaldehyde Couture.

Kelly Sloane, from San Diego, poses for a photo in her MsFormaldehyde booth at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Kelly Sloane, from San Diego, poses for a photo in her MsFormaldehyde booth at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

Tiki and comfort

Johnny Kunkel, from San Diego, has a cozy outfit for the long four-day convention.

Johnny Kunkel, from San Diego, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Johnny Kunkel, from San Diego, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

The villains

Every spy needs a villain. Christopher Soltero and Monica Virissimo, from San Diego, look perfect for the job.

Christopher Soltero and Monica Virissimo, from San Diego, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Christopher Soltero and Monica Virissimo, from San Diego, pose for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.

The piña colada

Gelo Ignacio's (from Los Angeles) outfit includes pineapples, coconuts and a flamingo. What's more tiki than that?

Gelo Ignacio, from Los Angeles, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.
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Gelo Ignacio, from Los Angeles, poses for a photo at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 12, 2017.