Tropical was founded in 1998 by Ben Annand with a vision to improve the image of electronic music events by creating a high-quality production that also raises money and awareness for the less-fortunate. There have been over 60 Tropical events in Southern California since, over which time the nonprofit party has raised over $23,000 for charitable causes.
Tropical started in a warehouse on October 9, 1998, and moved around to different warehouses in its first 5 years. In 2004 things got experimental with the first-ever Tropical Boat Party, and other formats were later added including Tropical Campout (2007), Tropical Beach Party (2009), and Tropical Oasis Retreat (2011).
In 2017 Tropical is at its strongest point. Back on the water annually since 2015, last year’s Tropical Boat Party smashed the party’s record donation with a whopping $5,233 donated on just the one event. The annual Tropical Oasis Retreat is the highlight of the year for many Tropical party goers who find the relaxed weekend of music, pool fun, and dancing just what they need ????
CHEF KYRA’S NOTES ABOUT THE EVENT
When Tropical approached me to cater the event, my first response was a big NO. I usually work with much smaller groups. But after getting to know Ben and Jessica, and feeling the magic the event was going to be, I changed my mind. Knowing how much work cooking for 130 people volunteers would be, I brought on Jesse Torrey, former chef at Big Island’s former Kalani Oceanside Retreat, to act as Head Chef for Tropical so I could focus on management and logistics.
The menu I designed is custom for Tropical retreat’s specificities, designed with great care to not only be a delicious and interactive showcase of Maui’s unique farm-to-table flavors but also to work within the constraints the Olowalu kitchen presents logistically.
The menu is well rounded nutritionally, with proteins, local produce, and various sauces and accouterments presented at each meal. It uses classic dishes (ie tacos, pasta, etc) but pulls local flavors and island-produce into the mix for fun celebratory fusion effects.”
“Mahalo to Kyra Bramble and Jesse Torrey and all our kitchen volunteers for doing an amazing job preparing delicious food for our guests at Tropical Oasis Retreat Maui!
Cooking for 130 people over 4 days is no easy task and More Pleaze delivered them all on-time which is truly amazing, we want to give our highest recommendation to this catering service!”
– Ben & Jessica Annand, Tropical Events
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR TROPICAL OASIS MAUI MORE PLEAZE CHEF
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE PERFORMERS, FACILITATORS, ORGANIZERS, AND VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE TROPICAL OASIS MAUI A SUCCESS
Chef Kyra Bramble is a health ninja and she loves to nourish others with her delectable creations. A classically trained chef turned yoga teacher and raw food expert, her style is diverse and ranges from therapeutic live food to vegetarian California-Hawaii fusion to high-end farm-to-table cuisine. With years of event planning and front of house experience, her presence is warm and easily meshes with families, individuals, and groups of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
She sees food as a way to share her soul with the world as she believes that through food we learn about spirituality, science, history, and our own unique bodies. Her goal is to inspire others to respect and LOVE the food they put inside of themselves, and to diminish the dogmatic judgment attached to health food advocates.
She is the owner, founder, and head chef of More Pleaze. She has a Le Cordon Bleu degree, a Wild-crafter Certification from Earth Medicine Institute, an Ayurvedic Chef certification from Hale Pule, and a 1000+ hour Holistic Nutrition certification through Hawthorn University, and is a RYT from Mangala Yoga.
She lives most of the year on Maui with her little dog Goji Bear and spends her time off chasing waterfalls, doing chaturangas, and hunting lilikois. She also loves to travel for work!
- Areas Served: Maui and California
- Styles of Cuisine Offered: High-end farm-to-table fusion, plant-based, raw, keto, paleo, Ayurvedic
- Services offered: Retreat catering, private chef services, seated dinners, workshops, festivals & events
- Owner and Founder of More Pleaze
VENDOR & PRODUCTION SUPPORT LOVE
Photography by Jacob Avanzato – https://www.facebook.com/JacobAvanzatoPhotography/
Maui Huliau Foundation – https://mauihuliaufoundation.org/
Common Ground Collective – https://www.commongroundcollective.com/
Maui Tempeh – https://mauitempeh.co/
Coconut Glen’s Coconut Ice Cream – http://coconutglens.com/
Christian Martin (Dirtybird, SF) – https://www.liaisonartists.com/artists/christian-martin/https:/
Jimpster (Freerange, UK) – http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk/
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe, SF) – http://sunshine-jones.com/
Atnarko (Orlando) – https://soundcloud.com/atnarko
Ben Annand (Los Angeles/Maui) – http://www.benannandmusic.com
Galen (San Francisco) – https://www.sunsetsoundsystem.com/galen
Gavin Stephenson (New York) – https://soundcloud.com/gavin_stephenson_nyc
Iman Rizky (New York)
Jamie Schwabl (Los Angeles) – http://www.jamieschwabl.com/
DJ Manoj (Portland) – https://soundcloud.com/dj_manoj_pdx
Michael Manahan (Seattle) – https://www.michaelmanahan.com
Aaron Jacobs (Los Angeles) – https://soundcloud.com/aaronjacobswulfpack?
Andrew Dana (Maui)
Del Sol (Maui)
Kinohou (Big Island/San Diego)
Little John the DJ (Santa Cruz) – https://soundcloud.com/djlittlejohn
DJ Maggie (Los Angeles) – https://soundcloud.com/dj-maggie
Thee-O (Los Angeles-Oahu) – http://www.djthee-o.com/
Angela Mitchell Pike (Seattle)
Harrison Gale (Las Vegas)
Ivy Glass (Los Angeles)
Jessica Annand (Los Angeles)
Jodie Crangle (Oahu)
Megan Nolan (Maui) – https://www.yogaatmydesk.yoga/
Meghan Ganser (Kauai)
Gillian Rose (Santa Cruz)
CEREMONY & SOUND HEALING
Eduardo Gutierrez and Kaliloa Kealoha Lee Loy (Big Island)