Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2010-05-07 08:18 am  Permalink|
Very interesting! So the Tahitian/Marquesan artisans that did that hotel probably supplied his Honululu establishments.
There is a whole unexplored branch of American Tiki style in Tahiti that remains to be researched, with Pete Wimberley as on of the main architects, and the Bali Hai Boys leading the way. The Hotel Tahaara and the Royal Tahitian also were built with American money, and thus were pretty Tiki-rich in their design. But because it is a primarily French "colony", and not as much in "America's backyard" as Hawaii, little is known about that. These Americans were the true Polynesiacs, between Hawaii and Tahiti, they all knew each other, but had little that still tied them to the mainland.