Coco Joe’s 290 Surfer Figurine

Coco Joe's 290 Surfer figurine

This Coco Joe’s figurine is made from pulverized lava mixed with resin. It depicts a man riding a surfboard with a large wave curling over him.

Inscribed on the bottom is “290″, “Coco Joe’s”, “Lava”, and “Made in Hawaii”. On the front in raised lettering is the word “Hawaii”.

Similar figurines can be found on page 180 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Coco Joe's, Figurine, Hawaiiana, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Coco Joe’s 289 Wahine Figurine

Coco Joe's Wahine figurine

This Coco Joe’s figurine is made from pulverized lava mixed with resin. It depicts a sitting, naked woman, with a hibiscus flower over her right ear, holding a lei.

Inscribed in the figurine is “Made in Hawaii with lava by CoCo Joe #289″. On the bottom is a black-and-gold decal that says “Made in Hawaii with lava by Coco Joe’s”.

Similar figurines can be found on page 180 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Coco Joe's, Figurine, Hawaiiana, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Glittering Gold Maneki Neko Bank

Glittering Gold Maneki Neko Bank

This glittering gold Maneki Neko is a coin bank. Maneki Neko translates to “Beckoning Cat” or “Welcoming Cat”. This Maneki Neko has its right paw raised which means it is inviting good fortune or money. If it has its left paw raised, it is beckoning customers or people. Also, like the Japanese and unlike Americans, Maneki Neko beckons with its palm forward.

The color of Maneki Neko is significant also. In the case of this one, its gold color means it is inviting gold or money. Other colors, such as white, suggest purity. Black Maneki Neko, unlike black cats, are wards against evil. Three-colored Maneki Neko are viewed as good luck charms.

Found in the Figurine and Orientalia Collections.

Hip Original Tiki Figurine

Hip Original Tiki figurine

This figurine of a Tiki, produced by Hip Original, is made from pulverized lava mixed with resin. In raised lettering on the front is the word “Hawaii” and inscribed on the bottom is “Made in Hawaii”, “Hip Original”, and “1973″.

Found in the Figurine, Hawaiiana, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

St Paul Saints Maneki Neko Bank

Maneki Neko with Saint Paul Saints logoManeki Neko with Saint Paul Saints logo

These two Maneki Neko coin banks have a St Paul Saints, a local baseball team, logo on their front. On the back is an Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar logo. These were given away in 2005 at a St Paul Saints game by Ichiban Japanese Steak House.

Maneki Neko translates to “Beckoning Cat” or “Welcoming Cat”. These Maneki Neko have their right paw raised which means they are inviting good fortune or money. If a left paw is raised, it is beckoning customers or people. Also, like the Japanese and unlike Americans, Maneki Neko beckons with its palm forward. The color of Maneki Neko is significant also. In the case of these, the white color signifies purity. Gold means it is inviting gold or money. A black Maneki Neko, unlike black cats, are wards against evil. Three-colored Maneki Neko are good luck charms.

Found in the Figurine, Labeled, and Orientalia Collections.

Treasure Craft Long-haired Drummer Figurine

Treasure Craft Long-haired Drummer figurine

This ceramic figurine of a male drummer was produced by Treasure Craft. This long-haired drummer has flowers in his hair, several leis about his neck, and is wearing a flowered-covered skirt. On the reserve side of the base is “Treasure Craft of Hawaii” and “Maui”.

This and similar Treasure Craft items can be found on page 62 of Treasure Craft Pottery & Pottery Craft Stoneware by George A. Higby.

Found in the Figurine, Hawaiiana, Polynesian Pop, and Treasure Craft Collections.

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