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July 16, 2014

Tiki Tummy Time

The Kahiki in Columbus, Ohio, circa 1961

Tiki Hangover: Unearthing the False Idols of America’s South Seas Fantasy
Another popular character from the real South Seas was the trader, who was less of a hippie like the beachcomber, but still sort of a dropout from Western civilization. Traders were people who decided to stay on the islands and be this intermediary between natives and Westerners. They often had their own little sailing ships and would go from island to island, bringing back items to trade to the Westerners. So nautical elements were part of the trader look—ship’s wheels, ship’s lamps, nautical ropes, and those kinds of props.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 16, 2014 10:49 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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OMG: The pictured restaurant was hard by where I grew up. It was replaced by a Walgreen's years ago. That was a big improvement because the food at the Kahiki was vile, the featured drinks weren't much better -- Canned fruit juice and vodka -- hangover specials for chicks who didn't like liquor, but who wanted to get drunk.

Posted by: Fat Man [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2014 12:44 PM

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