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Tiki Festival Draws Hundreds

November 18, 2017, 7:45 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:26 PM
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The Royal Kona Resort was where the action was at during day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, held on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.  The festival concluded on Saturday, Nov. 18 at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Entertainer and Promoter Paul “Kozy” Kozak was Thursday night’s master of ceremonies and fans will get a chance to be dazzled by him on the final nights of the festival.

Paul “Kozy” Kozak entertains the crowd on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

Hundreds of tiki lovers from all over the island got a chance to meet, greet and purchase tiki art from some of the globally renowned artists that were on hand, such as Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker signs an art piece for a fan on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

Fans got to relax at the Don the Beachcombers Lounge at the resort while listening to the music of Grammy-nominated musician Henry Kapono.

Henry Kapono had the fans rocking on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo..

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy was on hand as well. Samples of his world-famous poke were quickly snatched up by festivalgoers.

Sam Choy and his world famous poke on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo..

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World famous Tattoo Artist Rockwood Ricc was on-hand.

Rockwood Ricc and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, two of the Big Islands most talented artists, participated on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo..

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The high-profile mainland tiki artists at the festival were Doug Horne, Ken Ruzic and “Big Toe.”

(L–R) Ken Ruznic, “Big Toe,” Parker,Paul “Kozy” Kozak and Doug Horne on day one of the First Annual Tiki Festival, Hawai‘i Island, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Big Island Now photo.

“It’s an honor to be able to bring these high-profile artists to the island for all to enjoy,” said Tiki Shark Parker.

The festival continued on Saturday at The Shops at Mauna Lani, where attendees enjoyed vendors, tiki bars, food, dance, two bands, art sales and demonstrations.

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