Volunteer stamps guest passport
Photo credit: Kamala Kingsley


Tiki Kon wouldn't be possible without the generosity and dedication of our volunteers. It's a fun way to see Tiki Kon from a new angle and make new friends.

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Most shifts are around 4 hours long. Volunteers can earn event admission, discounts on merchandise, and invitations to the big post-event cast party, depending on number of hours contributed.


  • All volunteers - invitation to pre-event meetups/parties/training, 25% discount on Tiki Kon merchandise
  • NEW - 4+ hours - a drink ticket that can be used at any event bar
  • 8+ hours - a Standard Weekend Pass or an equivalent refund if you've already purchased a pass
  • 16+ hours - invitation to the Tiki Kon cast party in late July, 40% discount on Tiki Kon merchandise remaining after the event

Benefits are awarded based on the number of hours you pledge to work. If you shift gets cut short, you will still get credit for it as long as you show up. Volunteers who receive benefits but cancel their shifts or don't show up will not be invited back.

Sample Volunteer Roles

Check-In Desk Staff

Check in attendees and provide wristbands, passports, and information. Opening and closing shifts assist the Shift Lead and/or Registration Coordinator with retrieving registration materials from secure storage and setting up the Check-In desk, and with closing the desk and storing registration materials at the end of the day. Requires use of a mobile device with the Eventbrite Organizer app to check in guests. Shifts available Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Help Desk Staff

Assist guests with registration issues, answer general questions about the event and schedule, provide guidance and assistance with the event mobile app, and perform other tasks that might otherwise slow down guest check-in. Requires some training and preparation, and use of a mobile device. Shifts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Gift Shop Staff & Merchandise Will Call

Assist guests with merchandise purchases and provide pre-ordered merchandise on a will call basis. Requires use of the gift shop's Square terminal for processing sales. Shifts available Friday, Saturday.

Usher/Door Staff

Greet guests and check wristbands at the door of the show room, symposium room, Sunday bar tour brunch, and Sunday finale party. Shifts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Art Show Staff

Oversee the Tiki Kon group art show, guard against theft or damage, and assist buyers with purchases of art works. Requires use of mobile device and Square reader.


General assistance with load in/out, decor setup, symposium setup, etc. This is a behind the scenes position that does not require direct contact with the public. Shifts available Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Bus Captain

Supervise loading and unloading of the guest shuttle traveling between the hotel and Hale Pele for the Thursday mug release party, and makes sure everyone is on board for on-time departures. The Bus Captain rides over to Hale Pele and may enjoy the party before supervising the return trip. Shifts available Thursday.

Home Bar Tour

Help out on the Sunday Bar Tour and be a part of this famously sold out event. We need help delivering supplies to home bars, greeting and directing guests, serving refreshments, cleanup, etc. These coveted shifts are typically given to cherry-picked volunteers who have helped out in the past or have an existing relationship with the home bar hosts. Shifts available Sunday.

Decor Production/Merchandise Assembly/Bag Stuffing

Build, sculpt, paint and decorate decor elements for use at Tiki Kon, help assemble and package merchandise prior to Tiki Kon weekend, or assemble VIP gift bags. Typically occurs at Tiki Kon HQ in outer NE Portland. Production schedule TBD.


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