Malihini Tiki Festival - Kansas City - October 20


About Malihini


Festival and Seminar Tickets


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Participants and Sponsors


Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
Overland Park, Kansas


October 20
10 am to 7 pm


Attend, Vend, Get Involved!







About the Malihini Tiki Festival


Malihini is the Hawaiian word for visitor, or newcomer. In the expansive spirit of the Hawaiian people, we welcome you to join us in friendship and family to share this tropical getaway. What is unique in the tiki lifestyle, is that it encompasses all the realms of design. Music, food, drink, clothing, jewelry, and furnishings. Slip on a bright Hawaiian shirt, grab a cocktail, listen to exotic tunes, and be transported to the tropics with hundreds of friendly tikiphiles.

General Admission pre-sale tickets are $20. Included is entrance to the indoor/outdoor festival, vendor and artist booths, all entertainment, and food and cocktail vendors. A series of entertaining seminars is available at $10 each, with limited space.

All tickets have limited quantities, and these are pre-sale prices. If there are any tickets left the day of the event, admission is $25. We recommend getting tickets early.

Tickets and bundles are available here .

Malihini T-Shirts

After the festival, carry the Aloha spirit with you by wearing one of our Malihini Tiki Festival t-shirts featuring exclusive artwork by Anthony Carpenter. T-Shirt pre-sales are available for $25. Reserve yours here or tap the logo below. Add another $5 for shipping if you won't be at the festival for pickup. Include your size and profile preference (we'll assume unisex if you don't specify) in the notes section as you complete the checkout process. Your shirt will be available for pick up at the festival!

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Sizing Info

All shirts are a blend of 60% Ring-spun cotton/40% Poly. Pre-washed.

Both Unisex and Women's profiles are available.

Available sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL

Please specify both your preferred profile (Unisex or Women's) and size as "Notes" during the Paypal checkout.

All shirts are pre-sale only. There will be no extra inventory at the festival. If you are not attending and would like your shirt shipped to you after the festival, add $5 to the purchase and include your shipping details in the "Notes" during Paypal checkout.


Malihini Tiki Festival is proud to introduce our sponsors for 2018:


Marc Modrow


Music and Performers


Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is a perfect fit for Malihini. Expansive indoor spaces open to beautiful private outdoor grounds, all for exclusive use by our guests. The center celebrates the art, architecture, and history of this area of suburban Kansas City, with an emphasis on the mid-century years, when tiki was a vital part of American leisure culture.

The building began life in 1959 with futuristic Googie style architecture. King Louie Bowling Center was here, with an ice skating rink added a few years later. The television show Bowling for Dollars was filmed here. Local children spent countless hours of joy in this building.

In 2016, it transformed into Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, paying homage to the exciting architecture and celebrating mid-century life. Be sure to tour the museum while you are here.

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center 8788 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park, KS 66212

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

10 am to 7 pm CDT

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Mahalo to our Founding Members: Corey Whitworth Lisa Whitworth Amber Jennings Toby Jennings Cindy Dueringer Larry Dueringer Rick Williams Brad Finch Darrell Brogdon Laura Augspurg Brian Augspurg Scott Ladewig Jennifer Finch Michael Sweeney Elise Keeling Bryan Azorsky Debbie Rommel Steve Grooms Karen Nichols Jeff Nichols Barry Kirk Sherri Michel Craig McCoy JoAnne Flowers Brian Flowers Nancy Foltz Beth Fritz David Fritz Jonathan Chaffin Greg Holmes Elizabeth Gantt Jeffrey Jensen Matt Brazelton Lynne Greenamyre Jeff Wilson Chris Fein


Purchase tickets for the event and seminars here .

Put on your best tiki gear and show your style to our guests and compete in the Best Dressed Contest. Winners receive gift bags from our vendors and sponsors. Men's and women's categories are open. Sign up during the day with Miss Malihini Tiki Fest, who will also host the contest at 5:00.

Social Media

Get involved with Malihini on social media! Tag your Instas, Snaps, and Tweets with #KCTIKI and #MALIHINITIKIFEST to show us what you got!

Founding Members

2018 is our first year for Malihini Tiki Fest, and we wish to thank our enthusiastic supporters, the people who are making it possible. The spirit of Ohana, our chosen family, is strong, and it takes a community of Ohana to make this event happen.

Email us at to find out how you can become a Founding Member, and enjoy the perks of creating our community.


If you are a vendor who wishes to offer your distinctive goods to our guests, we have a limited number of indoor spaces available. Email us at for information.


Malihini has assembled an amazing team of bartenders from Tiki bars throughout the region. In the grand spirit of Ohana, they will be working together, with each creating their own signature drink. Additionally, our rum sponsors will be hosting a sampling table and of course their rums will be used in the cocktails!

Bradley Tyler Moore

Bradley Tyler Moore

Laka Lono Rum Club

Omaha, Nebraska

Rogan Howitt

Rogan Howitt

The Golden Girl Rum Club

Springfield, Missouri

Mark Hooper

Mark Hooper

Pink House Alchemy

Bentonville, Arkansas

Ben Motley

Ben Motley

Pool House Kitchen & Bar

Manhattan, Kansas


Where would tiki be without the soundtrack of escapism? Our roster of entertainers will transport you to the islands with the lush sounds of Exotica, the joyful traditional Hapa Haole music of Hawaii, the sounds of Calypso and Cha-Cha, and good old 1960's Surf. Tune in and turn on.


Time Performer
12:15 PM Retro Cocktail Hour
1:50 PM Rockabilly Mood Swing
3:20 PM STRUM Ukulele Band & Hula Hale O'Kiakahi
5:00 PM Best Dressed Contest
5:15 PM The Tiki Torches

Retro Cocktail Hour with host Darrell Brogdon  

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Retro Cocktail Hour

From the long-running, nationally syndicated radio show on NPR, Darrell Brogdon brings the best Exotica and Lounge music with a personal show here at Malihini.

Darrell Brogdon
Darrell Brogdon

Rockabilly Mood Swing with Lynne G and Moondog  

1:50 PM - 3:15 PM

LynneG and Moondog
LynneG and Moondog

Hosts of popular KKFI radio show Rockabilly Mood Swing spin rockabilly and hulabilly music in person for us at Malihini.

STRUM Ukulele Band & Hula Hale O'Kiakahi

3:20 PM - 5:00 PM

STRUM Ukulele Band
STRUM Ukulele Band

Traditional Hawaiian and Haole music from STRUM Ukulele Band   , accompanied by Hawaiian and hula dancing by Hula Hale O'Kiakahi   .

Hula Hale O'Kiakahi
Hula Hale O'Kiakahi

Best Dressed Contest

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Hosted by Miss Malihini Tiki Fest, Devyn Lundy. Put on your best tiki gear and show your style to our guests. Winners receive gift bags from our vendors and sponsors. Men's and women's categories are open. Sign up during the day with Miss Malihini.

Devyn Lundy
Miss Malihini Tiki Fest

The Tiki Torches    

5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

From the tropical jungles of Dallas, The Tiki Torches bring Exotica music to life at Malihini.

The Tiki Torches
The Tiki Torches


Expert tikiphiles from around the country are joining us to share their rich knowledge of tiki history, music, and cocktails. Our schedule of optional seminars will quench your thirst for tiki education. then you will want more, more, more!

Each seminar is individually ticketed and space is limited. Purchase tickets or a bundle here .

Exotica 101

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Your host Darrell Brogdon, of Retro Cocktail Hour on Kansas Public Radio, takes you on an exciting journey through the history and origins of Exotica music.

Poly Pop in the Paris of the Plains

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Kansas City Tiki experts Brad Finch, Paul Hutinett, and Corey Whitworth tell you all about the rich history of Tiki in Kansas City, beginning with pre-war tropical bars to the recent resurgence of local Polynesian Pop.

Hapa Haole Hula Lessons

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn the traditional Hawaiian dance moves of the hula with Debbie Rommel, leader of the dance troupe, Hula Hale O'Kiakahi.

KC Modern Mid-Century

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

An informative history of the local mid-century architecture of Kansas City and its suburbs, with special emphasis on the Metcalf corridor, where the Arts and Heritage Center is located. Presented by KC Modern , a group dedicated to the preservation and celebration of mid-century Kansas City architecture.

Tiki: The Rise, The Fall, The Resurrection, The Redemption

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Everything you wanted to know about Tiki but were afraid to ask.

Musician/DJ/Bartender Brother Cleve lived through the final days of Tiki's heyday and its subsequent demise. He was a player - literally, as a musician - during Tiki's revival in the 90's. In this 90 minute PowerPoint seminar - filled with imagery, music, and film - Cleve looks at the roots and rise of Tropical bars and restaurants, their influence on American culture and vice versa, and its global spread. We examine how and why it went out of fashion, and how and why it returned, and where it's gone and where it's going in a new millennium. Complete with the most fascinating Tiki infomercial you've never seen.


Malihini Tiki Fest brings together brilliant creative tiki artists and vendors selling new and vintage clothing, jewelry, music, furnishings, and art. Here is our roster of confirmed vendors. More will be added as we approach the event.


A lowbrow land of colorful creations.


A vintage world of wonder with vintage aloha clothing for men and women, vintage tiki collectibles, art, and photography. River Market Antiques, Kansas City, Missouri, 2nd floor.

Pilot Valve Art  

Jewelry from found objects -- amusing artwares for adornment.

The Hula Girls

Like a trip to the islands with all things Hawaiian - jewelry, clothing, hair flowers, and tropical decor.

Lake Tiki Woodcrafts  

Lake Tiki Woodcrafts has been creating traditional Oceanic Art and Polynesian Pop Art for homes and businesses for 16 years. Lake Tiki creations can be found in some of this country’s most popular tiki bars.

Horror In Clay       

Fine horror-themed Tiki mugs, barware, art and accessories.

BAD TIKI Creations  

Traditional polynesian designs with a modern flair.

The Black Lagoon Room        

Just below the surface... The Black Lagoon Room lurks...

Enamel Pins, Patches, Prints, Buttons, T-Shirts, Glassware and more made at The Black Lagoon Room in Milwaukee, WI. Tiki, Monsters, Bad Puns and Cartoons for the Modern Connoisseur.

Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club  

The Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club pays homage to the classic Tiki Bars of the 50’s to the 70’s.

Tee-Ki Togs     

Tee-Ki Togs is a new jewelry line from Sunny California that takes the Aloha Design of the past using unique parts for our Tiki Designs!

Rocket Betty    

Designer, dressmaker, and costumer, making custom Hawaiian clothing for men and women since 1991.

Hello Voyager  

Join Hello Voyager for a trip though mod LA and Palm Springs - otherwise known as the land of tiki. Enjoy blue skies, stunning midcentury architecture and classic tiki drinks! November 2019.

Exile Tattoo  

Nathan Blankenship brings his exceptional custom tatooing with a special passion for Tiki.

Big Toe Art  

Artist living in Anaheim, California, focusing on Tiki, Kustom Kulture and Tiki art in a pop surrealist style.

Kymm! Bang - Atomic Crush Design       

Kymm! is a Chicago native revered for her “futuristically retro" work as the premier Gravel Art Revivalist. She masterfully combines her strengths in graphic design with her penchant for Mid Century aesthetics and unparalleled graveling skills, creating gallery-worthy pieces of modern kitsch.

Artwork A-Go-Go    

Lowbrow and Tiki themed art and accessories from Jay Hollopeter.

Tiki Haute

Hand-painted art and jewelry in the tradition of the islands.

Tiki Treasures by 8 FT Tiki

An amazing collection of vintage tiki treasures from Paul Hutinett, keeper of the famous 8-ft. Tikis.

ACME Comics & Collectibles        

Your source for all of your Nerdy, Tiki needs! We have a HUGE selection of Geeki Tiki Mugs, Comics and more!

Aleks' Workshop  

Originally founded in San Diego, Aleks' Workshop is currently based out of Kansas City, MO. Woodworker and designer Aleks Justesen, brings a new perspective to Tiki with his frequent collaborator Steven Gomez.

Their 2018 Iki Maka Tiki line up includes cocktail coasters in crazy cool colors, beer taps, bottle openers, pendants and plaques that will accentuate your Polynesian desires.

Pink House Alchemy    

Developed in a 100-year old pink house, our team of alchemists founded Pink House Alchemy through the love of food and flavor. Inspired by complementary patterns in roots, barks, fruits, herbs, and botanicals, we work every day to find new and perfect connections between ingredients—and simple syrups, bitters, and shrubs are where we put these discoveries to the test.

Polly's Pop    

Independence, Missouri-based Polly’s Pop was in operation from 1923-1967. Resurrected in 2016, they modernized the iconic brand after restoring a 60-year old bottling machine. Current flavors include grape, orange, black cherry, strawberry, pineapple, root beer, cream, ginger beer, and glazed donut.


PopTiki of Colorado creates tiki mug designs that are unique and innovative, but still maintain the aesthetic of the classic Polynesian pop culture artifact.


Malihini Tiki Fest is owned and organized by Marc Modrow.

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