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A-frames
The architectural icon of Polynesian Pop. A mix of the traditional meeting houses of the South Pacific, and the traditional meeting houses of Southern California (roadside diners).
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Drinks
Drinks
Tiki’s most practical contribution to society: the perfection of the tropical drink. Enjoy photos, illustrations and menu descriptions, with no hangover.
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Menus
Menus
“Polynesian cuisine”—in truth, typically just Chinese food or ribs—was sold by elaborate menu presentations. Come for the covers, stay for the descriptions and prices!
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Moai
Moai
The curious “big stone heads” from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) have appeal both for their pleasing graphic simplicity, and their mysterious origins.
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Postcards
Postcards
These Technicolor missives to home are the best source we have for learning what the insides and outsides of long-gone tiki hotspots looked like.
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Renderings
Renderings
Idealized versions of an already idealized version of the South Pacific: these artists’ conceptions of restaurants, hotels and attractions exemplify Polynesian Pop.
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Waterfalls
Waterfalls
Water features, especially waterfalls, have been a big part of Polynesian Pop decorating and landscaping.
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Witco
Witco
Tikis, wall hangings, lamps and more from Witco—the Mount Vernon, WA company of William Westenhaver.
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Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
updated 8/3/14
The Exotica, Glendale
updated 8/3/14
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
updated 8/1/14
Tiki Lounge, Ludington
updated 7/31/14
Hula's Modern Tiki, Phoenix
updated 7/31/14
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Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale
Oceanic Arts, Whittier
The Enchanted Tiki Room, Anaheim
Hale Pele, Portland
Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
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The Hut, Tucson
10/29/14 4:55PM
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Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale
10/20/14 5:30PM
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Bahooka Ribs & Grog, Rosemead
10/16/14 3:39PM
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Hapa Haole Hideaway, Knoxville
10/2/14 2:12PM
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Frankie's Tiki Room, Las Vegas
9/22/14 2:40PM
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