Tiki Gods at a Hot Rod Hop

Hot rods, rockabilly and sexy pinups come to Alameda’s favorite tiki lounge Sunday
Tiki Gods

People will be tossing back Mai Tais. They will be ogling hot rods and classic stock cars—and each other. In the parking lot DJs Mike Cancilla and Tanoa Samoa Boy will be spinning rockabilly, classic country, and Americana, all on 45-rpm discs.

The fifth annual ‘Tiki Car Hop’ runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Sunday September 2 at Forbidden Island, a hopping little tiki bar in Alameda, “a little beach town,” according to Tanoa Stewart, whose A-Town Booking Agency is producing the free event along with the East Bay Sinners car club.

The car hop “started off with me and some buddies gathering with our cars at Forbidden Island and having tiki drinks,” Tanoa says. These days it attracts several hundred “people who like old cars and tiki culture.”

“They’re both very California—car culture and tiki culture,” he says.

Besides 20 or so cars, there will be hairstylists providing free vintage looks, and pinup models posing for cheesecake photos. Around 8 p.m. the Golden West Trio with Miss Kay Marie takes to the stage for rockabilly and more.

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