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Tiki culture can be a way of life for some people. If your place is like mine, it tends to look like Trader Vic's blew up -- sort of Polynesian, sort of East Asian. It all started back the 1930s with the opening of the first Tiki restaurants: Don the Beachcomber (in Hollywood) and Trader Vic's (in Oakland). These establishments were based on a Polynesian theme with rattan furnishing, exotic drinks, and flower leis with heavily Asian-inspired cuisine.

As a whole, tiki culture was in its heyday in the postwar period. Those returning from the Pacific front brought tales and souvenirs to fuel the country's thirst for the warm climates and the exotic. The images of paradise certainly made it easy to fall in love with Hawaiiana.

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