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By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 13, 2017 (Pine Valley) -- Pine Valley resident and artist Norm Daniels has this to say about the use of a tiki torch: “To me it means warm, backyard memories.”

Tiki torches were well represented at the 2017 Tiki Oasis-International Intrigue, a four-day event held at Mission Valley’s Crowne Plaza hotel from August 10-13. This Tiki Oasis is the largest and longest-running tiki festival in the world.

Daniels was celebrating his eighth appearance at the function displaying and selling his art and said this about the difference from previous years: “People seem ready to buy.  No haggling. Makes me feel like I should change my prices.”

Other well-known artists like Josh Agle, or Shag as he is known, were making appearances, signing autographs and selling their art.  But tiki torches, funky tiki headbands, tiki statues and everything Polynesian was on display in costumes and décor--including a twist of celebrating famous Hollywood monsters from movies such as King Kong (1939), Godzilla and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).

Breakout sessions teaching art, tiki culture mixology, a singalong with King Ukulele, learning to snake dance and vendors hawking “Man from Uncle” shows and more, completing the overall tiki vibe and experience.

Watch next year for the registration in late spring, typically held in August, for individual sessions or multi-day passes that you can buy online.  Or just attend with a funky costume and enjoy celebrating everything tiki.  Or visit http://www.tikioasis.com.

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