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A-frames
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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Advertisements
Advertisements
Clippings from newspapers, travel guides, and even old phone directories, these old ads sing the praises of tropical escapes.
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Ashtrays
Ashtrays
At restaurants dedicated to escape, leisure and relaxation, naturally there was an ashtray for every table.
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Lighting
Lighting
That unique tiki bar mood can only be achieved with a lot of dim, exotic light fixtures—windows, televisions and neon are traitors against the cause!
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Matchbooks
Matchbooks
Flames aren't just for volcano bowls and fire dancers: matchbooks and matchboxes were once everywhere.
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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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Mugs
Mugs
The tops in Polynesian Pop collecting. If you like looking at these drink vessels, don’t miss Critiki’s sister site, Ooga-Mooga.
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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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Serveware
Serveware
Beyond the mug: tiki logos and iconography also appear on salt & pepper shakers, plates, drink bowls, glassware and more.
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Swizzles
Swizzles
Little plastic picks and sticks to help you eat and drink, and remind you to come back again and again and again...
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Tapa
Tapa
Traditional cloth made by pounding bark into thin sheets, which are then painted with repeating patterns using brown dye.
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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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Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, Alameda
updated 7/29/14
Trader Vic's, Emeryville
updated 7/29/14
The Conga Lounge, Oakland
updated 7/29/14
Tonga Room, San Francisco
updated 7/29/14
Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
updated 7/29/14
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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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Peniamina on
Lakanuki, Mammoth Lakes
7/25/14 10:17PM
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Solomons Island Tiki Bar, Solomons
7/19/14 7:52AM
Dr. Coruba on
Honolulu Restaurant, Alexandria
7/19/14 7:45AM
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Otto's Shrunken Head, New York
7/19/14 5:33AM
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Disney's Polynesian Resort, Orlando
7/16/14 10:01AM
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