Tiki Around Portland: August 2012 Edition

With Mayor Sam Adams declaring last summer, August Tiki Month in Portland, there's now been a whole lot of tiki going on. Not that there wasn't already a whole lot of tiki going on last August in Portland. It's just that this August there's been even more.

Tiki Month kicked off with the 10th year of Tiki Kon. It was a three day event with live music, vendors, symposiums, tropical drinks, the original home bar tour and so much more. Drew and I both went down to help out our friends putting on the event on Friday and Saturday. Of course, Saturday was a record breaking day in regards to the heat. Poor Drew was setting things up for the big event that night while I had my feet in the pool enjoying a Mai Tai. Mahalo Drew for all your hard work in that heat.

At Tiki Kon with an amazing flower in my hair from our garden

Trader Vic's Portland celebrated their 1 year anniversary this month. We were happy to attend with a large group of other tikiphiles. Not only was our table full of friends, but through-out the whole restaurant there were even more. We loved so many friendly faces around every corner. To top it all off, Trader Vic's was offering some great dinner and drinks specials. If you hurry, you can still catch their special 3-course dinner for only $30. It's only until the end of August so don't delay and make sure to order the Chocolate Macadamia Tart. It's heaven on your tongue.

Enjoying Trader Vic's at their 1 year anniversary.

The long awaited Hale Pele will finally be opening their door on August 29th. Blair Reynolds of Okole Maluna  took over the place that was once Thatch back in May. He's been working hard to make it the next tiki temple through his dedication and devotion to the tiki revolution now happening in Portland. We hope to see you all there!

Blair with the new Hale Pele sign

Is Portland the next tiki mecca? It certainly looks that way with the return of Trader Vic's, the opening of Hale Pele and a few other tiki projects in the works. If you are a lover of tiki, I'd recommend keeping a close watch on Portland to see what's coming next.

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