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Introducing.... Arkiva Tropika
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Joined: Aug 02, 2002
Posts: 290
From: Seattle, WA
Posted: 2006-09-28 8:39 pm   Permalink

Aloha all !

I am so happy to introduce my new website, Arkiva Tropika :


An online archive of my paper ephemera collection, Arkiva Tropika celebrates not just Polynesian Pop, but also the classic heyday of all tropical (& tropical themed) restaurants, hotels, bars, etc. From Florida to Fiji, from Haiti to Hawaii, from Seattle to Samoa, Arkiva Tropika was created as a way to both share and organize my collection.

It consists of largely of mostly pre-1970 menus, yet also includes postcards, photos, brochures, matchbooks, napkins, and other paper ephemera from tropical/exotic themed environments. Arkiva Tropika is about the classic island imagery, especially in regards to tourism of yesteryear.

So please check out the site and let me know what you think. I will try to add images and info there on a regular basis ( if not daily ).

This website wouldn't be possible without the creative and computer-savvy genius of my good friend Humuhumu, who was enthusiastic about the project from the very start of our early conversations about it last year. She created a website for me that not only showcases the collection with ease, but its simply gorgeous to look at....MANY MANY thanks, Humuhumu !

Also, many thanks to Hanford & Tiki Central for providing the inspiration to contribute something where I can share all the random finds & great eye candy that I find, with everyone who has an interest. I have learned so much from this forum, and have met so many wonderful folks... its been a treat to have such an outlet, to share common interests with so many diverse people from all over...

I hope that you enjoy Arkiva Tropika, and please check there often, for constant additions & updates from my collection.

Mahalo !

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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2006-09-28 8:44 pm   Permalink

This is amazing!

I can't wait to give it a good and thorough exploration.

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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1329
From: Calgary
Posted: 2006-09-28 8:48 pm   Permalink

What a remarkable website. Great design! Awesome content! Truly a tiki treasure.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-09-28 9:03 pm   Permalink

I'm so very, very honored that puamana asked me to develop this site for her. For those of you out there who have been lucky enough to see her collection (or, attempt to -- it's simply massive), you know how overwhelming and beautiful it is, and it was a fun challenge to try to create a site that would do it justice visually, and also make it accessible.

I'm seriously looking forward to getting lost in Arkiva Tropika on a regular basis, daydreaming about what it would have been like to be at those places back then....


Critiki - Critiki News - Ooga-Mooga

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Phillip Roberts
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Joined: Sep 09, 2003
Posts: 1661
From: OAHU/Seattle
Posted: 2006-09-28 10:22 pm   Permalink

[ This Message was edited by: filslash 2008-09-17 17:36 ]

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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2539
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-09-28 10:31 pm   Permalink

I can see that this will be hours of fun...great collection and great site too!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 89
Posted: 2006-09-29 04:03 am   Permalink

WAO!!! Its just like looking inside a whole new BOT!
Superb site!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 07, 2005
Posts: 1566
From: Mass.
Posted: 2006-09-29 04:42 am   Permalink

Sweet! I recognized Humuhumu's work right away.

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Jeff Central
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 1681
From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2006-09-29 05:08 am   Permalink


Puamana and Humuhumu desrve the Tiki Eye Candy Award!!!!! Simply stunning!!!!

Lots of menu's I have never seen before like..."Johnny's Tiki Hut" or "Trader Ku's" or "Trader Engs." Amazing!!!!

Congratulations on a job well done!!!!

Cheers and Mahalo,

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5309
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-09-29 06:22 am   Permalink

Wow! Who needs a BoT 2 when we now have this site! It is a great refreshing reminder of just what I love about Poly Pop. I have had it mind to do just this sort of site for a while.

"Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" the book

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Joined: Nov 06, 2004
Posts: 333
From: Sunny Springfield Illinois
Posted: 2006-09-29 06:28 am   Permalink

Wow, that is something else. Thanks for sharing that amazing history with us. Thats a definite bookmark for me.

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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1784
From: Orlando
Posted: 2006-09-29 08:13 am   Permalink

This is great! Very well done. Congrats to you both on an excellent job and thanks for making all these terrific images available for all of us to see. I'll be looking forward to your updates!

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Pepe le Tiki
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 325
From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2006-09-29 08:28 am   Permalink

Congratulations Puamana! Thanks for sharing your amazing collection with us!!

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Joined: Jul 13, 2006
Posts: 46
From: Vancouver, Canada
Posted: 2006-09-29 08:42 am   Permalink

what a treat!

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Joined: Jul 24, 2003
Posts: 1207
From: McKinney, TX
Posted: 2006-09-29 08:48 am   Permalink

That's quite a collection...so many images I've never seen before. You should publish a book! Thanks for sharing...I'm already addicted.

And as usual, beautiful website design.

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