Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2014-01-27 07:17 am  Permalink|
One more thing: Currently I am getting all these notices about this really nice page about the ruins of the Coco Palms (nomeus posted it here on TC recently):
Of course the big headline is: Elvis Presley’s Abandoned Tiki Paradise
Well, show me a Tiki at the Coco Palms, anywhere. There never were any, not in carved form in the decor, not in the brochures, menus, matchbooks, or anywhere on the large grounds. So WHY would this be called a Tiki Paradise !?
The Coco Palms is truly the perfect proof of my claim that Tiki was a mainland U.S.A. phenomenon: The place just SCREAMS for Tikis, its period and architecture, the large tropical grounds…but for the same reasons Tiki style did not really take off in Hawaii in general, this place remained Tiki-less: Grace Guslander was well aware that part of her Hotel stood on hallowed grounds of the ancient Hawaiian religion and she was sensitive to that. Too close to the source, one could not go as wild as the mainland architects and designers did.
The Coco Palms was a classic, amazing mid-century Polynesian Pop place, and it is now a dream place for the urban archeologist (I bet nomeus would do a great job shooting it), but it is not, and never was, a TIKI paradise.