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. I've also included a number of moai statues. This section is organized in alphabetical order by state. The California pages are organized by city. 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!

Kon Tiki
Tucson, AZ
The Kon Tiki was built in 1963. It features lots of nice exterior decorations, including tikis and a mosaic tile pond (now empty). The interior features rocks, bamboo-covered walls, bamboo chairs, and more statues. The restaurant sell mugs, t-shirts, and Polynesian stuff. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Kozy Korner Mobile & RV Park
Antares Point, AZ


The Kozy Korner Mobile & RV Park is now used as a residence. The A-frame building was built in the 1960s. It previously housed the Lake Mead Restaurant. There were also a few motel rooms (the Ranchero Motel) and a gas station at that time. In 2003, Gregg Arnold purchased the property. He built the 14 foot tall Easter Island statue which he named "Giganticus Headicus". In 2016, the building was repainted and the sign panels replaced. The building now houses an information center and convenience store. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Arizona Tiki:
Dairy Queen (Scottsdale) [gone]

Easter Island statue
Waterbury, CT
Politiki [gone]
Washington, DC
Tiki Gardens &
Trader Frank's Restaurant [gone]
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
The Easter Island statue in Waterbury stands next to the Timexpo, a Timex museum and store. It is about 40 feet tall. The museum closed in 2015. The building was still vacant in 2018. The statue is still there. For more, see this website. [map]

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.

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 and 2.

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 featured original Polynesian style murals and decor. The restaurant closed in 2012. In 2013, there was talk of the restaurant reopening as the Mango Cove but that never happened. In 2014, it was announced that the building would be demolished soon. The building was still there in 2017. 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 Restaurant
Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Mai-Kai Restaurant was designed by Charles McKirahan and built in 1956. 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 and 2. [map]

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