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|Posted: 2013-03-07 10:04 am  Permalink|
On 2013-03-06 17:55, Quince_at_Dannys wrote:
I think the whole tiki thing is 33% decor, 33% music, and 33% drinks. Rare is the place that pulls off all three--the Mai Kai for instance
you know, i asked this question a while ago:
On 2012-05-22 18:51, porco wrote:
At the hukilau this year, one of the presenters (my apologies for forgetting) mentioned that there are only three variations of facial expressions found in tiki carving/gods/idols. I forgot what they were, any help?
i think i've finally found my answer. the faces i was looking for were in fact the hawaiian gods Kane/Kanaloa, Ku, and Lono. as it turns out, these guys represented a primitive rating system for the quality of a proper tiki establishment. follow me here....
Kane: the god of creation, father of all living creatures, fresh water, and to a lesser known extent, cocktails. cocktails being the cornerstone and common bond of most declared tiki establishments, their creation, prominence, and quality are all oft attributed to the god Kane.
Ku: the most misunderstood due to his lust for noise, chaos, and mayhem was thought to be the god of war. in reality, he was just a big fan of music. his elements are key in the atmosphere created within an establishment, its mood setting, and subsequent ability to summon ones inner warrior to the dance floor.
Lono: god of growing things and harvest was obviously responsible for the food. simple dishes of renamed chinese fare can all be traced back though the ages as blessings from the great Lono.
then there's Kanaloa...
Kanaloa is often associated with the duties of Kane. as the story goes, the big gods "spit out" these four guys to work their magic in each of their respective domains. the result? kick ass tiki bars/restaurants. the problem? the big gods did not like all the fun these guys were having, and said "no more booze!". Kanaloa said "screw that!" and led these guys on a rebellion for the liberation of libations. the big gods squashed that, and banished them to the underworld.
if one god did more work than the other, or one decided to take the day off, mankind would argue about which god was most important. only when the gods chose to work in harmony was all right with the world.