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LapuRocker
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Joined: Nov 10, 2002
Posts: 67
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2011-12-14 9:24 pm   Permalink

Found this Tiki guy at an Orange County, CA thrift store. Was wondering if anyone knew the history of it. He's about 7 inches tall and hand carved out of a heavy wood. It has a little message written on the back, on an index card that has to be at least 40 years old. This is what the message says:

My Name is Kapu Keii.
Treat me Tenderlyii
And I'll Be Good,
Like I Should,
And Treat YOU nice, SweeTii.

If anyone knows who this little guy is, let me know!





 
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hottiki
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Joined: Jul 10, 2008
Posts: 301
From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2011-12-14 10:57 pm   Permalink

What a Prize !!!! Coolest "Find" I have seen in a while....To me it looks like it has a lot of `AU MAKUA going for it. Looking for the right picture/drawing, its around here somewhere...here's a clue for now




 
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LapuRocker
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Joined: Nov 10, 2002
Posts: 67
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2012-01-10 7:58 pm   Permalink

Hotiki,

Thanks for the clues. Does look close to that. Anyone else have any info? I will be keeping this. Not looking to make a buck.

LapuRocker


 
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hottiki
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Posts: 301
From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2012-07-17 08:57 am   Permalink

Getting a little closer...will find it one of these days










 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11249
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-07-17 4:14 pm   Permalink

Hottiki, I have greatly enjoyed your Tiki sleuthing and related posts, but I cannot follow you on either of your two comparisons. The features of Lapu Rockers' carving differ in major parts from the O.A. and Denver Motel Tiki:

For one, both have mouths, his carving doesn't. The other feature is the crossed hands across the belly, a typical Marquesan tradition. The arms-on-the-side stance point to a Hawaiian origin. I don't think Lapu's guy is based on any restaurant Tiki, but is either a tourist item from Hawaii, or a hobby Tiki inspired by old Hawaiian god figures. This one came to mind:




...but while it is similar in overall spirit, it differs in many details.
This bad boy has a similar expression with his elongated jaw...



...but is otherwise much different and more stylized.
Also, the stocky stature of Lapu's idol could be compared to this mean mother:



...but again no close match. So my vote is that this is a one-off, personal interpretation of a Hawaiian Akua. It looks like he is wearing a minimalist headdress.

What is a bit confusing also is the wordplay at the end of the dedication: "...SweeTii "
"Ti'i" is the TAHITIAN version of the Hawaiian "Ki'i", which are both used like the Marquesan and Maori "Tiki"


 
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2012-09-13 04:03 am   Permalink

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LapuRocker
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Joined: Nov 10, 2002
Posts: 67
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2012-10-17 11:37 am   Permalink

Mmmmm. Spam. Maybe it's a clue that it is indeed of Hawaiian origin.

 
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