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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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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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Murals
Murals
Large painted scenes of life in the tropics—with sandy beaches, palm trees, dancing and fishing—enhance the island illusion.
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Outriggers
Outriggers
Canoes with stabilizing outriggers allowed Polynesians to explore the massive Pacific, and are a common motif in Polynesian Pop.
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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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The South Pacific Room, Vista
added 7/18/14
Tonga Room, San Francisco
updated 7/18/14
The Exotica, Glendale
added 7/17/14
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Anaheim
updated 7/17/14
Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles
updated 7/17/14
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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
Dr. Coruba on
Solomons Island Tiki Bar, Solomons
7/19/14 7:52AM
Dr. Coruba on
Honolulu Restaurant, Alexandria
7/19/14 7:45AM
tabuzak on
Otto's Shrunken Head, New York
7/19/14 5:33AM
Peniamina on
Disney's Polynesian Resort, Orlando
7/16/14 10:01AM
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