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semi-tropical plants, including palms, hibiscus, plumeria, and impatiens, were located on islands surrounded by flowing streams, waterfalls, pools, and/or lagoons set amid real or faux-lava rock boulders. Shade-loving philodendrons, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids completed the effect.


Strategically located throughout the gardens were the style’s eponymous Polynesian-inspired wood, stone, or cast concrete Tiki totem poles or moai statues.


Located on or near large bodies of water, their landscape details were meant to accentuate a South Sea Island’s land-water interface. Lush,


While based on pre- European contact Native Pacific Islander building shapes and forms, these were modern buildings reflecting contemporary architectural, engineering, and marketing trends. Among these were heavy exposed laminated wood beams, steel framing, and plate glass windows and doors that blurred the delineation between inner and outer spaces. More Googie than Tahiti, their soaring A-frame roofs, rectangular and circular geometric shapes, were meant to serve as attractive Programmatic architectural marine-oriented and roadside landmarks.


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