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Tiki Architecture (page 1)

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This section includes Polynesian-influenced buildings from the 1950s-1960s. Some later and contemporary examples have been included as well. For the most part, I'm interested in building exteriors rather than interiors. If you're looking for more about the history of this cultural phenomenon or where to find a good mai tai, check out the links page. If you have any tips about other places or information about those already described here, please send me an email. Enjoy!

Hala Kahiki
River Grove, IL

Hala Kahiki (translation: "Home of the Pineapple") opened in 1966. They serve only tropical drinks - there are close to 100 offered. There is no beer, no food and no entertainment. Ah, but the atmosphere! They also have an incredible Hawaiian gift shop. For more, see these websites: 1, 2 and 3. [map]

Politiki [gone]
Washington, DC
Fiji Island
Roanoke, VA
Tiki Gardens &
Trader Frank's Restaurant [gone]
Indian Rocks Beach, FL

The Politiki opened in 1993 with three floors of modern tiki décor. In 1999, it became the Penn Ave. Pub and these tiki heads were gone. By 2014, the building housed the Pour House. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Fiji Island features tiki décor and food. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Tiki Gardens & Trader Frank's Restaurant opened in 1964 and covered four acres. In 1969, Trader Frank's and the park expanded to 12 1/2 acres. In 1986, the property was sold and in 1990 all the tiki memorabilia was auctioned off. Today, the place is nothing more than a parking lot. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Makai Beach Lodge
Ormond Beach, FL
Julian's Dining Room and Lounge
Ormond Beach, FL

The Makai Beach Lodge was built in 1956. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Julian's Dining Room and Lounge was built in 1967. The interior features original Polynesian style murals and decor. The restaurant closed in 2012 and I believe it is still vacant. There was talk of the restaurant reopening in 2013 as the Mango Cove but I don't believe that ever happened. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hawaiian Inn
Daytona Beach, FL

The Hawaiian Inn was built in the mid-1960s. There is nothing tiki-like left in the rooms. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Aku Tiki Inn
Daytona Beach, FL

The Aku Tiki Inn is now owned by Best Western. In 2004, the giant moai was damaged by a hurricane and replaced with a replica. While the statue no longer has flames coming out of its head, the red eyes glow at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mai Kai
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tiki fans – this is the place! The Mai Kai was built in 1956, designed by George Nakashima and Florian Gabriel who were the premier Polynesian designers of the time. The building was expanded from a four-room hut to a complete Polynesian Village with eight dining rooms and a sunken galleon bar. Each room represents a different region of Polynesia and overlooks a waterfall or lagoon. The Islanders Revue floor show is performed twice nightly with costumed dancers and fire-eaters. There is also a gift shop. The exterior features tiki torches, a thatched roof, and a wooden plank bridge entrance. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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