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Although its modern roots reach back before World War II, the Tiki Modern style is a post-World War II phenomenon, reaching its zenith just prior to and after Hawai’i became the 50th


state in 1959. During


this time, local boosters promoted San Diego as “a little bit of Hawaii” in Southern California. Concurrently was the development of Mission and San Diego bays as tourist destinations. Soon a number of tourist- related hotels, motels, and even boat-tels for vacationing yachtsmen, sprang up on land made from harbor dredge. Eager to continue the Island Paradise imagery, architects designed them, and their associate restaurants and night clubs, in Tiki Modern or Marine-Oriented South Seas Modern-influenced imagery.


These Tiki Modern and Marine-Oriented South Seas Modern style buildings’ outward appearances were supposed to evoke the architectural traditions gleaned from various Pacific Islander cultures: truncated-roofed jonglos, circular huts, or soaring A-framed halau loa, (big meeting house) and halau wa’a, (canoe sheds). The latter were often


Cover The Crow’s Nest; left Bali Hai Restaurant, photos by Sandé Lollis; above Paradise Point Resort Lobby, photo by Stephanie Rose Bevil


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