Tiki enthusiasts are a fervent, fun-loving lot and for those who celebrate the culture, it’s a real community. Oceanic Arts, the world’s foremost purveyor and supplier Polynesian ephemera and decor, recently announced the shuttering of its Whittier warehouse, but they aren’t going away quietly. Owners Bob Van Oosting and LeRoy Schmaltz are going out with a wild and whimsical wave of celebration– several in fact. All month long Peekaboo Gallery hosts events tied to the closure, from music events to art shows to panels, ending with an epic auction featuring rare memorabilia from O.A.’s one of a kind emporium, in business since 1956. With another weekend of events to go, expect tropical temptations galore. Sat., April 16 it’s “Apocalypse Tiki! An Evening at The Tikis,” focusing on the famous Southern California theme park “The Tikis.” With a live stage show and luau dinner hosted Robert “El Vez” Lopez, there’ll also be The Dancing Fire, The Hilo Hi-Flyers and DJ Mint Julep alongside a media presentation about the attraction. Another panel,“E-Ticket Tiki,” delves in Disneyland’s tiki ties. Sunday, April 17 enjoy “Easter Island Funday” with family activities and entertainment from King Kukulele & his Friki Tikis, Jason Lee & The R.I.P. Tides, The Hilo Hi-Flyers, Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock and Polynesian dance troupe CocoTiki. A tiki Easter egg hunt, hula dance lessons, coconut bowling, lei-making and limbo contests are just a few of Hawaiian-flaired daytime happenings. (Also don’t miss the closing festivites/two-day auction on April 23-24). 12414 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. Tickets and info at peekaboogallery.com/

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