08/30/2010 04:16 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tiki Oasis Turns 10 (Slideshow)

2010-08-30-Warshaw2.jpgFans of mid-century Polynesian pop culture and Angelenos aching for a getaway recently made their way down to a three-day celebration at the 2010 Tiki Oasis at the Crowne Plaza San Diego. Considering San Diego is one of the leading U.S. cities in Tiki-themed architecture, it's no surprise that its Save Our Heritage Organisation is vying for Tiki awareness and preservation, now more than ever. Known as "the first man" in Māori mythology, the Tiki god manifests in carvings which have evolved into an iconic American emblem. Celebrating its tenth anniversary August 19-22, the Tiki Oasis weekender event honored the ongoing appeal of this unique icon with a spirited, sun-drenched program. While rooms at the Crowne Plaza were sold out, many other local hotels played host to Tiki lovers, including the Keating, a charming, historic boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp district. Back at Tiki Oasis, ongoing surf and exotica music provided the soundtrack to a weekend of Tiki vendors and sultry dancers, supported by an inspired itinerary of lectures, book signings, the Keep a Breast art show, a rum tasting, car show, dance classes, contests, and more. By all appearances, the Tiki gods were left very satisfied.

Artwork by Dave Warshaw / photos by Tanja M. Laden