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Polystone Inc. Tiki Figures
Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2008-04-17 12:35 pm   Permalink

I picked up a really neat tiki while over in Hawaii made by a company called polystone inc. Does anyone have any information about this company?

The figure is called "Ki'i":



On the bottom of the tiki it says "Polystone Inc.", the number "9" in a box, the date "1961", then finally it says "Hawaii".



I'm assuming these were tourist trinkets, and House of Ku posted another version of Ki'i (#4) in this thread:

Lava Figures ~ NOT Coco Joes or HIP

anyone else have any other versions? or information about the company?

thanks!


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-04-17 5:26 pm   Permalink

No info about the company, but "Ki'i" is the correct Hawaiian term for "Tiki", just like the Tahitian "Ti'i" stands for god figure. Only the Marquesan and the Maori language used the word "Tiki". The Hawaiians replaced the T with a K, as in "Tapu" ("Taboo") becoming "Kapu", and "Tahiti" becoming "Kahiki".

 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2008-04-17 5:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-04-17 17:26, bigbrotiki wrote:
No info about the company, but "Ki'i" is the correct Hawaiian term for "Tiki", just like the Tahitian "Ti'i" stands for god figure. Only the Marquesan and the Maori language used the word "Tiki". The Hawaiians replaced the T with a K, as in "Tapu" ("Taboo") becoming "Kapu", and "Tahiti" becoming "Kahiki".



Thanks for the info, bigbro. I know the hawaiians have a very short alphabet, but I never made that connection between the different words. Interesting stuff.


 
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HOUSE OF KU
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Posted: 2008-04-18 7:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha Polynesiac! Nice find. Did you find this at the collector Show a few months back? There was a vender from the Big Island who had a pair of those that were uniquely weathered. I ended up buying a Tiki pendant from him.

These, except one on the left, are marked as #1's, Menehune




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croe67
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Posted: 2011-05-19 4:21 pm   Permalink

I found the same Polystone Ki'i figure this week in a Thrift Store & came looking for info on him. They are nicely done with good detail.
It looks like not a lot is known about the Polystone figures - this one & a Menehune I found in other posts.


 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2011-07-02 9:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-04-18 19:08, HOUSE OF KU wrote:
Aloha Polynesiac! Nice find. Did you find this at the collector Show a few months back? There was a vender from the Big Island who had a pair of those that were uniquely weathered. I ended up buying a Tiki pendant from him.




Hi Freddie! Sorry it took me over 2 years to get back to this thread, but no. I purchased them on the big island outside of Kona. He may very well have been the same dealer, as he had another set at his shop. Definitely going back to his store when I make it to the big island again. He had A TON of goodies!

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On 2011-05-19 16:21, croe67 wrote:
I found the same Polystone Ki'i figure this week in a Thrift Store & came looking for info on him. They are nicely done with good detail.
It looks like not a lot is known about the Polystone figures - this one & a Menehune I found in other posts.



Hey Creo67! I couldn't find any information either, but I'll be there's more out there! I agree, the Ki'i figure is really well done and the texture is awesome. Mine came from the big island, and it would be interesting to find out if they were a tourist souvenir only from the big island. Hope all is well!
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HOUSE OF KU
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Posted: 2011-07-03 01:07 am   Permalink

Here are a few more...









I think they were made in Kaneohe, Oahu....


 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2011-07-04 1:13 pm   Permalink

Great stuff freddie! Thanks for posting more finds! That second one is a real interesting design with his big feet and droopy mouth - almost frog like! I'm liking these different polystone designs.
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