California Tiki Podcast

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Authors Adam Foshko (Skylanders, Call of Duty, Destiny) and Jason Henderson (Alex Van Helsing, Young Captain Nemo, Destiny 2) explore the midcentury fascination with Tiki-- the idols, rum drinks, beach parties, and faux Polynesian paradises. Look for their book California Tiki from the History Press. After World War II, suburbs proliferated around California cities as returning soldiers traded in their uniforms for business suits. After-hours leisure activities took on an island-themed sensuality that bloomed from a new fascination with Polynesia and Hawaii. Movies and television shows filmed in Malibu and Burbank urged viewers to escape everyday life with the likes of Gidget and Hawaiian Eye. Restaurants like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic's sprang up to answer the demand for wild cocktails and even wilder décor. The culture--a strange hodgepodge of idols, torches, lush greenery and colorful drinks--beckoned men and women to lose themselves in exotic music and surf tunes. Authors Jason Henderson and Adam Foshko explore the state's midcentury fascination with all things Tiki.Read more »

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