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    Posted: 13-Apr-2011 at 15:01

Everyone is familiar with the exotic Pacific island-themed bars featuring tribal masks, furniture made of driftwood, shrunken heads and even canoes hanging from the ceiling.

How close is the original native culture to its modern incarnation and what is the symbolism of the masks?


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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2011 at 15:23
Hawaii and ukulele will be my next after building reconstructions on my house!Have you been there ever?
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2011 at 15:32
Unfortunately not. The closest thing we have in East Anglia is the tiki bar Lola Lo's, an exotic crazy golf course and a fancy swimming pool with palm trees, currents and whirlpools
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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2011 at 15:42
Original Tiki isle have tropic climate?
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2011 at 17:50
I think so. What do the carved faces represent? Gods? Ancestors? Demons? Or are they protectors from evil?
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-May-2011 at 16:10
Maybe this picture will draw in the experts who can answer my question
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-May-2011 at 20:07
From my own understanding, tiki bars originated in the 1930s when American restaurant owners like Beachcomber Don and Trader Vic added Polynesian masks to attract customers. At that time Hawaii was a popular holiday destination and the bar owners believed the vacation theme would attract patrons who couldn't afford to visit the islands. Rum and fresh cokey-nuts (but not fish from the sea) were used in many of the early cocktails because, in addition to being part of the exotic native diet, they were relatively cheap and plentiful (at least in the US)

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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-May-2011 at 00:40
More about Isle of Stone Heads here:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/pac/ei/ei23.htm


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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-May-2011 at 07:59
So the fierce-looking carved heads were originally intended to scare away evil spirits?
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Oct-2011 at 19:15
To me, this sounds very similar to the Halloween turnip lanterns. Most primitive cultures worshipped natural occurences they could not explain
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  Quote red clay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Oct-2012 at 18:20
Nick, I don't know exactly when or where The "Tiki Bar" originated, I don't think anyone does.  I do know they sort of "evolved" from something that still exists on the Gulf Coast, the "Beach Bar".  Beach Bars were informal enterprises, as the name implies, on the Beach.  Usually rough shacks, no electric, Beer was cooled in trash cans filled with ice.  Also no license.
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