La Mariana Sailing Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary with South Sea Arts

La Mariana Sailing Club Tiki Mug It’s been six decades since the La Mariana Sailing Club opened its doors back in 1957.

Once again, South Sea Arts is honored to be called upon by the iconic tiki bar to deliver a special edition mug to recognize another important milestone. Those of you who have been to (or regularly frequent) La Mariana will recognize the design, lifted from the wood panels (see last photo below) of the establishment and expertly reimagined onto the unique flat-sided ceramic drinking vessel.

The mug is available within the La Mariana gift shop. Ask your server and they will get management to open the shop during the bar’s business hours. Alternatively, you can email management at and they will be happy to accept your order and ship it to you worldwide (if available). Mahalo for your support!

La Mariana Tiki Mug

La Mariana Tiki Bar

Coastal Living Magazine and Wyland Galleries Feature South Sea Arts!

Coastal Living Magazine Hawaii Issue

It’s been a crazy month for South Sea Arts.
In case you haven’t picked up a December copy of Coastal Living magazine we suggest you do so before they fly off the shelves (the magazine has a 3.9 million readership!). What’s the fuss? Well, because inside of their Hawaii for the Holidays issue, you’ll find South Sea Arts’ very own Mike Souriolle (aka Gecko). In featuring local Hawaiian artists, Coastal Living paid a visit to Makakilo’s favorite son to talk tiki and snap a few pics in the process. Below is a sneak peak at the issue, but we won’t give it all away here so just stop by your local Barnes & Noble magazine section and have a look.

Coastal Living Magazine Hawaii Issue

Coastal Living Magazine Hawaii Issue

But the big news doesn’t stop there.
Soon after the magazine hit the shelves South Sea Arts work would find its way into world famous Wayland Galleries in Waikiki. Yes, that Wayland Galleries. In a special Thanksgiving weekend exhibition, Gecko’z surfboard carvings were placed up front and center for all on Lewers Street to see. From the moment the boards were hung with care in the window and gallery, onlookers popped in to admire the art and learn more. Anyone who happened to stop by on Saturday November 25th around 9 PM got to speak with Gecko in-person as he made a surprise visit to the gallery to talk shop and story. Below are a few pics from that late evening.

South Sea Arts Wayland Galleries Waikiki

South Sea Arts Wayland Galleries Waikiki

Gecko chopping it up with fellow tiki artist Trey Surtees

South Sea Arts Wayland Galleries Waikiki

South Sea Arts Wayland Galleries Waikiki

Stay tuned for more news and updates from South Sea Arts. For all media inquiries and questions regarding commission requests contact Gecko at (808) 277-3048 or email



South Sea Arts Landscaping Featured in Honolulu Star Advertiser

South Sea Arts is already well-known for our work in authentic tiki mugs and Polynesian art and carvings. But not everyone knows that Gecko is versed in residential and commercial landscaping design too. He organically integrates woodcraft masterpieces into lush tropical settings to create a North and South Pacific oasis that rivals that of any 5-star resort on the island, yet with more authenticity. If you’ve visited the gallery in Makakilo, you know this. If you’ve visited Tiki’s Bar & Grill, Teddy’s in Haleiwa, or La Mariana (view portfolio) you can envision what South Sea Arts is capable of. But alas, this has gone unrecognized by those not in the know. Until today.

South Sea Arts is honored to receive a headline feature in today’s (April 30) Honolulu Star Advertiser. Big mahaloz to Nancy Arcayna and the Star Advertiser for sharing the aloha. Below are the images (courtesy of Dennis Oda) from the featured article:

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South Sea Arts to be Featured at the North Shore’s 20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival 2017

Haleiwa Arts Festival 2017

Get ready to mark your calendars and set your smartphone reminders because South Sea Arts is to be featured at the 20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival on July 15-16 2017 at Haleiwa Beach Park. This will be Gecko’s first appearance at the renowned annual affair. In honor of this fact he’ll have some special works in store for those in attendance.

Kama’aina and malahini alike will have the opportunity to nab a one of a kine South Sea Arts creation. From limited edition tiki mugs and drinking vessels to authentic Polynesian art we expect it all to fly off the exhibition and into collectors’ homes. Be sure to arrive early! Who knows, one of Gecko’s prized surfboard carvings may make its way from our Makakilo studio into Haleiwa Town for the weekend.

Stay tuned for more updates to come at the summer months approach. If you want to reserve some custom work beforehand, contact South Sea Arts anytime to schedule a visit to our studio.

Haleiwa Arts Festival

La Mariana Tiki Tumbler Sighting!

A few months ago we gave you a sneak peek at the up and coming La Mariana Sailing Club tiki tumbler glass.

This week we’ve got some cool news for your next booze cruise through Honolulu. Our South Sea Arts tiki tumblers have been sighted at the iconic watering hole on Sand Island Access Road.

If you don’t have the good fortune of being able to visit La Mariana over the next few months, you can have a look for yourself, right here:

La Mariana Sailing Club Tiki Mugs and Tumblers