Paradise and far off sun soaked islands always evoke a sense of the exotic. Yet most “Tiki Joints” are located in the usual urban blighted strip malls next to busy thoroughfares. This contrast of realities plays out all over the world as people enjoy exotically named smoking drinks designed to transport the patron to an island of serenity in the mind...

Tiki Bob's # 2 Before

San Francisco, California


Tiki Bob's # 2 After

San Francisco, California


Two Moai

Hollywood, California


Tiki Joint

Palm Springs, California


Tiki Joint

Palm Springs, California


Fu's Place

Los Angeles, California


Hula's Island Grill

Santa Cruz, California


Lakanuki

Mammoth Lakes, California


Bali-Hai Motel

Yakima, Washington


Bamboo Hut

San Francisco, California


Kan Tiki's

San Francisco, California


Lakanuki stools

Mammoth Lakes, California


Lakanuki

Mammoth Lakes, California


Lakanuki

Mammoth Lakes, California


Trader Vic's

San Francisco, California


Tiki prize

San Francisco, California


Tiki torch

St Augustine, Florida


Tiki bar

del Coronado Island, San Diego, California


Decorative party napkin assortment.

Former Tiki Hut Bar with engraved plaster wall designs.

San Francisco, California

Side door to the former Tiki Hut Bar with engraved plaster wall designs.

San Francisco, California

Neon sign with hut and palm tree at the former Tiki Hut Bar with engraved plaster wall designs.

San Francisco, California

Moai Easter Island

Bali-Hai restaurant

Santiago, Chile

Tiki Up woodie

Santa Cruz, California

Tiki Up door lock

Tiki Up warning!

Tiki Up antena

Tiki Up shift lever

Flaming Tiki

Flaming Tiki with impaled surfers.

Tiki surfers cloth.

Close-up of incised tropical design.

Easter Island Moai

Tiki Up woodie

Tiki game, Penny Arcade

Santa Cruz, California