The first Don Tiki show we saw was held at the Hawaiian Hut-Ala Moana Hotel. Beautiful dancers paraded the aisles in costumes with giant cocktail glasses on their heads. One singer also balanced a large tiki on her head laugh singing the entire song. The characters, the vibes, the percussions and the animal calls were so memorable, we couldn't wait to attend our next Don Tiki Show. That next show was at the Turtle Bay Resort under the moon and stars (2006). Willow Chang danced and sang. The next was at the Aloha Tower Marketplace on Valentine's day (2010) featuring Star Kalahiki. Each venue offered a different show filled with surprises and a sense of escapism.
This Hot Lava Holiday show was held at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. An indication of the energy in this room----a prelude of animal sounds and chanting by a restless audience (aka natives) precluded the show. Entertainment all around us! How fun! This particular show was a tribute to the memory of Fritz Hassenpusch, former Don Tiki's 'Delmar deWilde'. We're pretty sure he was there in spirit with the rest of the gang.
Mahalo Don Tiki! & Best wishes in Seattle (Benaroya Hall) and in Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall) Enjoy these captured golden moments. Bravo DON TIKI! & Don't Stop The Music!
Don Tiki Band:
Kit "Perry Coma" Ebersbach - keyboards
Hai-Jung - bass guitar, vocalist
Lopaka Colon - percussionist, jungle & birds calls
Tim Mayer - reeds
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. - vibes and percussions
Jason Segler - drummer
Ryoko Oka - keyboards, t'rung (Vietnamese bamboo xylophone)
Violetta Beretta - dancer, vocalist
Charles Degala - vocalist
Tei Tatafu, Jr. - vocalist
Sherry Shaoling- vocalist, dancer, comedian
Check out their website at: http://www.dontiki.com/
Golden moment videos!