Livin’ the Tiki Lifestyle

Tikis – Ready for Adventure!

 Hawaiian tiki on beach images

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Captain and Polynesian Islands

Tikis, those large wooden images in humanoid form, have been a part of Western culture since Captain Cook explored the Polynesian Islands in the 1770s.

tiki totemBy turns Intriguing and entertaining, tikis have made their marks in everything from art and architecture…

Tiki Architecture Book

kahiki memories

tiki drinksto fashion and food.

tiki dress



SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were surprised to see just how many different types of tikis there are and all the places they turn up.


tiki potholders

tiki ice bucket


tiki surferOC Breeze TikiA

Tiki artist Doug Horne told SurfWriter Girls, “tiki culture is alive and well! There’s a lot of music and artists—carvers and painters—out there. I think it’s still growing. I really think of it as kind of an art movement.”




Deified by the early Polynesians, there are many tiki stories in mythology, including that Tiki was the first man created by the god Tane. Or that Tiki is the guardian of the entrance to the underworld.

tiki guarding underworld


To find out about all things tiki, just look through the pages of author Sven A Kirsten’s new book Tiki Pop.

By the 1950s tikis were pop culture icons. With their smiling faces and gleaming eyes, they represented fun and adventure, beckoning us to an alternative lifestyle unburdened by convention.

Tiki Road Trip book

And today, tikis are a blast-from-the-past, retro symbol of simpler days and tiki-torch lit nights, of rum cocktails topped with umbrellas, colorful aloha shirts and music with an island beat.

tiki shirt with flowers red

Don the Beachcomber in Hi


tiki drinks with umbrellas

So, If you want to slow down the pace, just look around. Chances are you’ll see Tiki’s smiling face.


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