7th Annual Tiki Night – In Search of Tiki in the Urban Jungle with Sven Kirsten

This program will not have a livestream. Attend in person!

Founded in 1921, the Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles is a gathering place for those who leave the beaten path in search of adventure.  The club proudly hosts its 7th Annual Tiki Night in celebration of Tiki and camaraderie of ohana.  Enjoy live music, dancing, food, tropical cocktails, and this year’s program honoring the pioneering spirit in the Tiki resurgence of Los Angeles.  Share in the experience of community and reserve your ticket today.

Program by Tiki Legend Sven Kirsten!

In the early 1990s, Sven Kirsten began his quest for remnants of the forgotten Tiki cult. Equipped with a 35 mm photo camera and the Yellow Pages, he set out to navigate the suburban sea of Los Angeles to document what was left of this once vibrant art form. With his professional cinematographer’s eye he photographed the neglected idols and their temples and assembled the results in his Book of Tiki, which eventually made Tiki a household word again.

In this presentation, Kirsten will discuss how he came to focus on the Tiki figure as the icon of an unappreciated American art style just before it was facing extinction and how his work was instrumental in creating a spectacular revival of this cross-cultural phenomenon.  


Just like in his books, this slide show will offer a cornucopia of visuals that drive and support Sven’s storytelling.

Originally hailing form the German port town of Hamburg, Sven Kirsten decided to make California his home at age 25. While he continued to pursue his career as director of photography in Los Angeles, his visual sense lead him to appreciate American mid-century architecture and design, particularly the uncharted field of Tiki style. After four books, several exhibitions, and countless lectures on Tiki style, Sven has emerged as the country’s preeminent authority on the subject.


Live Entertainment by Harp Exotica! 

Harp Exotica is a captivating new musical journey led by acclaimed artist Mikayla Khramov. This project draws inspiration from the exotica music that captivated listeners in the 1950s and 1960s. Experience an exclusive first listen to the exciting sounds that will be featured on their upcoming debut album.

Mikayla Khramov is a talented singer-songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles who brings a wealth of musical experience to Harp Exotica. With over 15 years of dedication to her craft, she has graced the stage alongside renowned artists such as Jesse McCartney and Vance Joy.


Raffle with Exciting Prizes!

Join us in our raffle for a chance to take home one of our amazing Tiki-themed gift baskets. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the front desk, and winners will be announced after the program concludes.

Event Schedule

  • Doors open at 6pm
  • Band starts at 6pm
  • Dinner served at 6:15pm
  • Meeting starts at 8:00pm 
  • Program at 8:30pm
  • Raffle winners announced at 9:45pm
  • Program Concludes by 10pm

Attire for the Party

Break out that Hawaiian dress or shirt or come dressed to impress!  Whether themed in Tiki, explorer or something else, GO BIG!  It’s always fun to go the extra mile with amazing outfits.

This program was organized by Phoebe Piper #1244.