Tiki Central is a place to celebrate the classic Tiki Bars of the mid-century and the design aesthetic they established. This movement grew in popularity after World War II when
America had a new fascination with the South Seas and Hawaii. Tiki Bars sought to bring an idealized tropical paradise into the concrete jungle of the Modern World. Very little of it was genuine -- born mostly out of the likes of Hollywood
art directors and modern architects -- but it all seemed real to a then-naïve public’s eye. The Tiki
style started in bars and restaurants but soon spilled over into all forms of popular culture, including music, food, dress, TV and movies, and other forms of architecture.
The Tiki that Tiki Central focuses on is a mid-century American invention that is Polynesia-inspired. We’re here to discuss classic Tiki, what made it great, how to celebrate it and preserve it today,
and how to create and influence new Tiki that isn’t generic, watered down, or misguided. The definitive guide is The
Book Of Tiki, and we highly recommend that everyone on Tiki Central get the book and read up.