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Tiki Bill
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Joined: Jun 26, 2007
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From: Holiday Florida
Posted: 2007-07-17 08:16 am   Permalink

This place is just about a mile north of me in Holiday Florida. I'm shure it was much "cooler" back in the days. I don't even think it's a Best Western anymore, but it's still there. The tikis have seen better days, but I heard it's been there sense the early 1960's.








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stuff-o-rama
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From: Central Coast of California
Posted: 2007-07-30 8:05 pm   Permalink

At the end of a quiet cul de sac stands these gems:





I know the guy who owns/carved them. He's an eccentric, insanely talented artist. He says he doesn't want to carve tikis for commercial gain as it would be bad ju ju (for him). Too bad. He said he carves them with a chain saw and chisel. He's got 4 more in the back yard that are 4 to 8 foot in height, one holds two tiki torches in his hands. He did promise me when the mood strikes him he will carve a 6 foot palm section he's saved for me in exchange for setting up a web site for him. He's said that for two years now, I'm very patient. I have a spot picked out in my back yard, ready for it! Now if I could only tame the artistic mind to become logical for a few hours we'd be good to go!


 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-04-27 08:42 am   Permalink

I came across this snap shot that I took about nine years ago. This house was a block away from me. I always wanted to go ask where they found this guy, but I never had the nerve.





 
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Ojaitimo
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Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 1317
Posted: 2008-04-28 3:09 pm   Permalink

Hollywood beach, Oxnard shores.


I had always wondered what happened to Tom Swift. Turns out he is into Tiki.






Tom directed me to his neighbor with the Hollywood Tiki among others who invited me to take picture.






 
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Koolau
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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-05-04 11:57 pm   Permalink

It was a beautiful morning, so I drove up the Windward side of Oahu to Laie.







Some of the Polynesian Cultural Center tikis, plus a tiki group in front of the Laie Inn.


 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-05-05 08:54 am   Permalink

Ahhhh...The PCC....Mecca.....Those tikis in the first Pic are G I A N T !!! I have a pic of me in front of them, somewhere.


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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-05-05 12:47 pm   Permalink

Wow, how great to see a variety of Tiki styles done today. Mahalo.

 
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Koolau
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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-05-06 01:26 am   Permalink

More of the PCC tikis:







World's Largest Coco Joe's - even has a big lime green paper tag on the back!
(No it's not and no it doesn't, but I might sneak one up there one night).



 
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LOL Tiki
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Joined: Sep 06, 2007
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From: San Diegoish
Posted: 2008-05-06 11:17 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-04 23:57, Koolau wrote:






This looks similar to the dude that Gecko used for his scorpion bowls. Who is he?


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Koolau
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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-05-07 12:26 am   Permalink

LOL Tiki - Gecko based his scorpion bowl on a well known old Hawaiian serving bowl. I think I've seen it at the Bishop Museum or Iolani Palace, but I can't recall where, nor can I find a picture on line. The original is carved out of wood and is quite amazing; I like Gecko's too and bought one from him. That bowl absolutely freaks people out; many won't drink from it.

Here's another Oahu tiki - the Pali Longs tiki sign in Downtown Honolulu:





 
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Koolau
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-05-07 01:28 am   Permalink

Here it is:



18th century Kou wood Kava Bowl, collected on a voyage of Captain Cook. From the British Museum, so this isn't the one I saw. Described as "a bowl being held by men", so I have to believe these figures don't represent gods.



 
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Tamapoutini
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Joined: Aug 30, 2006
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From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2008-05-10 5:11 pm   Permalink

Here's a couple of my 'locals'. About 100 yards from my workshop on a neighbouring property:






Carved by a Maori fella who used to own the property.

The most interesting thing for me is the fact he carved the 'Moais' which are almost never seen in New Zealand. Although I suspect these may have actually been modelled after similar head-dressed figures (often sylised into very simple form) that were carved atop very long posts, back in the days of the Maori fortified-village (Pa). *I call them 'the Moais' anyway..

There was also a proper Moai head that used to sit on the deck at the front of the house, welcoming cars on the main Highway as they enter our little historic village (Kumara!). I guess he took this one with him?


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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-05-10 7:40 pm   Permalink

COOL!


 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-05-10 8:17 pm   Permalink

There are some Great tikis here on these pages. Bring MORE, We Love it
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2008-05-10 9:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-06 11:17, LOL Tiki wrote:

Who is he?






This original source piece was theorized to be from a Hawaiian type of carving classified as a support figure. They were used on a number of "practical" objects. According to Hawaiian sculpture by Cox, "As far as is known, these carvings were entirely secular, having no part in religious ceremony or ritual..." Also, "The support figures are informal, suggesting the buffon, the acrobat, or the playful imp. They exhibit neither noble bearing, pride, nor manisfestations of mana. Instead, they are eternally committed to humble work, which they do lightly and with a cooperative and playful spirit."
There is also a theoritical link between these figure types and the Menehunes of lore.


Buzzy Out!



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