Tiki Kon 2012: Ten Year Tour

April 27th, 2012 by Colonel Tiki

Haere Mai, Hui Hoa!
Tahitian for “Welcome (back), friends!”

I can hardly believe the 10th annual Tiki Kon is nearly upon us!  We’ve had a great deal of fun here in Portland over the past nine Tiki Kons listening to the evocative and spirited tunes of fabulous bands, savoring the home tiki bars of gracious and hospitable hosts, and enjoying the company of all who make this and every year an event to share in the love and goodwill of our PNW Polynesian-pop community.

It has been glorious. When Heather and I moved to PDX from San Francisco we were struck agog with the help and love of the locals. We were fortunate to have been invited as a home bar for the 2nd annual of what was then called the “NorthWest Tiki Crawl and Home Bar Tour” (the moniker ‘Tiki Kon’ began on the 4th year). Mark Axton, Noel Henneman, Mark Pedersen, John Forsythe, Kim Armstrong and others donated a weekend of their time for a tiki bar raising that turned our small front bedroom into “The Monkey Hut” at the eleventh hour. I knew we had to return the love, so Heather and I joined in with helping and have been supporting Tiki Kon ever since. I’m so very proud of all the people over the years who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for this concept. I thank them and you profusely. Maururu Mai!

Tiki Kon 2012 sets sail on its Ten Year Tour! This is the year we invite everyone back to join the fun with a freshly re-energized event – Haere Mai! We have a gorgeous new home and event HQ at The Red Lion Hotel on the River. It sits on the banks of the mighty Columbia with a front row view of majestic (and active) volcano, Mt. Hood.

Our first surprise: we’ve grown the longest-running Home Bar Tour to twice the amount of guests as previous years. This is the year we all want to see everyone back together to celebrate these past fantastic ten years of Pacific NorthWest ‘Ohana!

Stay tuned for many more new surprises in store for you (hint for the next surprise: start getting ‘Hapi’ for this year’s mug) and for upcoming details on bands, seminars, and this here Tiki Kon blog in the coming months! I look forward to sharing with you all the fun in store for us together, and will see you soon at Tiki Kon 2012!


Maururu Mai,

-Craig ‘Colonel Tiki’ Hermann

Tiki Kon VII: Tiki Speakeasy

April 6th, 2009 by Colonel Tiki

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Mark your calendars: NWTiki presents Tiki Kon 2009: Tiki Speakeasy. We return to our 3-day tiki-rific event this year from July 31 – August 2.

More information will be presented as we get closer (such as schedules and ticket sales) to the date. I hope you’ll get the password to the speakeasy!

A New Look

April 5th, 2009 by Colonel Tiki

coloneltikilogoIt’s been around a year since the “Colonel Tiki’s Cove” matchbook showed up on the site. Today, We move to a new theme and a new URL. Reset all your pointers to http://www.coloneltiki.com everyone: The Colonel is officially ready for public consumption. Colonel Tikus von Rhothgar was my mother’s maternal grandfather. Tikus’s father came from a line of men who worked in the Dutch East India Company – Tikus himself was born at sea near Palau Tikus in Indonesia (hence his name). I’ve decided to honor him by renaming the entire basement “Colonel Tiki’s Cove.” He’ll also be my nom de boire here at CTDIF, now re-named for him.

So welcome to the new site and new relaunch: The layouts are due to change as I refine them and update them, thanks for coming along. It’s been about 2 and a half years since I started this blog adventure and I hope to continue along for many more.

Look for a new update about our yearly Summer event: Tiki-Kon soon. This year promises to be a load of fun. The secret theme?

Tiki Kon 2009: Tiki Speakeasy

Tiki Kon VI Drink Menu

June 25th, 2008 by Colonel Tiki

This Saturday I am hosting Tiki Kon VI, a wild tour of two Portland Tiki bars and two Home Bars of Portland-area denizens.

At Thatch, I’ll be giving a short Tiki Mixology seminar and offering thirteen classic and new Tiki beverages on our menu. This is what is in store for our group of intrepid Tiki Adventurers:

Cobra’s Fang Mai Tai
Cuba Kula Miehana
Darker Magic Navy Grog
Fog Cutter Nui Nui
Happy Hoti Penang Afrididi #1
Jet Pilot QB Cooler
Lei Lani Volcano

The weather should be in the middle 90s and sunny. Our last stop will be a home bar with a pool. I think by that time, I will be just about ready to immediately jump in.