Accoutrements Bela Mug

Accoutrements Bela mug

This 16-ounced glazed, ceramic Tiki mug, known as Bela, is an exclusive design of Accoutrements. Imprinted on the bottom of the mug is “© 2004 Accoutrements”, and “China”

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Big Mouth Big Kahuna Mug

Accoutrements Big Mouth Big Kahuna mug

This glazed ceramic Tiki mug, known as the Big Mouth Big Kahuna, came as a part of a set of four different mugs sold by Accoutrements. On the bottom of the mug is imprinted “Accoutrements © 2002″ and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Big Mouth Big Kaumaha Mug

Accoutrements Big Mouth Big Kaumaha mug

This glazed ceramic Tiki mug, known as the Big Mouth Big Kaumaha, came as a part of a set of four different mugs sold by Accoutrements. On the bottom of the mug is imprinted “Accoutrements © 2002″ and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Big Mouth Likki Tiki Mug

Accoutrements Big Mouth Likki Tiki

This glazed ceramic Tiki mug, known as the Big Mouth Likki Tiki, came as a part of a set of four different mugs sold by Accoutrements. On the bottom of the mug is imprinted “Accoutrements © 2002″ and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Big Mouth Monkey God Mug

Accoutrements Big Mouth Monkey God mug

This glazed ceramic Tiki mug, known as the Big Mouth Monkey God, came as a part of a set of four different mugs sold by Accoutrements. On the bottom of the mug is imprinted “Accoutrements © 2002″ and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Carlos Mug

Accoutrements Carlos mug

This black, 16-ounced glazed, ceramic Tiki mug, known as Carlos, is an exclusive design of Accoutrements. Imprinted on the bottom of the mug is “© 2004 Accoutrements”, and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Jake Mug

Accoutrements Jake mug

This grreen, 10-ounce glazed ceramic Tiki mug, known as Jake, originally came in a set of four different mugs sold by Accoutrements. Imprinted on the bottom of the mug is “Accoutrements © 2001″, and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Accoutrements Klaus Mug

Accoutrements Klaus mug

This green, 16-ounced glazed, ceramic Tiki mug, known as Klaus, is an exclusive design of Accoutrements. Imprinted on the bottom of the mug is “© 2004 Accoutrements”, and “China”.

Found in the Accoutrements, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Bali Hai Supper Club Matchbook

Matchbook cover for the Bali Hai Supper ClubMatchbook cover for the Bali Hai Supper Club

The Bali Hai Supper Club was a Polynesian-themed restaurant in Maplewood, MN. The Bali Hai Supper Club had pu pu platters, volcano bowls, and a Polynesian dance show.

The Bali Hai Supper Club opened in 1976 by Ping and Pat Chan and closed in 2000. It was subsequently demolished and replaced with a strip mall.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

Brown Headhunter Mug

brown Headhunter mug

This unmarked brown Headhunter mug is similar to the Orchids of Hawaii R-1 Headhunter mug.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Brown Ku Mug

brown Ku mug

This unmarked brown Ku mug is similar to the Orchids of Hawaii R-74 Tiki mug.

Tiki mugs similar to this can be found on page 15 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Brown Moai Mug

Brown Moai mug

This unmarked brown Moai mug is similar to the Orchids of Hawaii R-72 Easter Island mug and the Dynasty Wholesale DW128 Easter Islander mug.

Tiki mugs similar to this can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Chiki Tiki Salt and Pepper Shaker

Chiki Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

The glossy Tiki is a pepper shaker while the other is the salt shaker. On the bottom of both is printed in ink “Chiki Tiki” and “© agiftcorp”. There were four styles of salt and pepper shakers, this being the “Smile” style with the others being “Drunken”, “Easter Isle”, and “Rasta”.

Found in the Chiki Tiki, Polynesian Pop, Salt and Pepper Shakers, and Tiki Collections.

Chiki Tiki Toothpick Holder

Chiki Tiki Toothpick Holder

This Chiki Tiki toothpick holder came with plastic condiment forks. On the bottom of both is printed in ink “Chiki Tiki” and “© agiftcorp”.

Found in the Chiki Tiki, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Toothpick Holders Collections.

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.

Curly’s Beachcomber Room Matchbook

Matchbook cover for Curly's Beachcomber RoomMatchbook cover for Curly's Beachcomber Room

This matchbook is from Curly’s Beachcomber Room. On the front outside cover is printed “Famous Steaks and Finest Liquors”, “The Fun Spot of Minneapolis”, “Curly’s”, “20 South 5th Street”, and “Between Nicollet and Hennepin.” On the back outside cover is “Curly’s Beachcomber Room” and “Famous for Steaks” against a backdrop featuring a grass hut and a palm tree. On the inside cover is the following “Number of Miles from Curly’s Cafe, Minneapolis, Minn To” with a listing of numerous cities and the distance to them.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

Don the Beachcomber Matchbook

Matchbook cover for Don the Beachcomber restaurantMatchbook cover for Don the Beachcomber restaurant

Don the Beachcombers was started in 1934 by Ernest Beaumont-Gantt. Beaumont-Gantt legally changed his name to Donn Beach. The Don the Beachcomber chained expanded to 16 locations before finally collapsing. One of those locations was in the Saint Paul Hilton in St Paul, MN.

On the front cover of this matchbook is “Greetings from Don the Beachcomber” and “Island of Mahuukona, where good rum is immortalized and drinking is an art” against a tropical island backdrop. On the reverse, it reads “Don the Beachcomber” and “Host to Diplomat and Beachcomber, Prince and Pirate” against the same tropical island backdrop but with a beachcomber lounging on the beach.

In the inside cover is a quote:

There’s nought no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion

Don Juan, Cantoz - Stanza 34

Also is listed five locations:

Hollywood, Calif.
1727 No. McCadden Pl.

Palm Springs, Calif.
1101 No. Palm Canyon Dr.

Chicago, Illinois
101 East Walton Pl.

Hotel Sahara
Las Vegas, Nevada

Saint Paul Hilton
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Dynasty Wholesale DW108 Tiki With Handle Mug

Dynasty Wholesale DW108 Tiki with handle mug

This 9 ounce, glazed ceramic Tiki mug is produced by Dynasty Wholesale. On the front is a wide-mouthed Tiki with a handle on the right side. The reverse side is styled to look like wood. On the base is a woven thatch design. On the bottom, in raised lettering is “Made in China” and “DW108″.

Found in the Dynasty Wholesale, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Dynasty Wholesale DW113 Green Tiki Mug

Dynasty Wholesale DW113 Green Tiki mug

This is a Dynasty Wholesale DW113 Green Tiki mug. This ceramic mug is most likely modeled after the Orchids of Hawaii R-5 Green Tiki mug.

On the bottom of this 12 ounce ceramic mug is the inscription “Made in China” and “DW113″.

Similar items in my collections include an unmarked green Tiki mug.

Mugs similar to this can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Dynasty Wholesale, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Dynasty Wholesale DW116-S Coconut Mug

Dynasty Wholesale DW116-S Coconut mug

This ceramic reproduction mug by Dynasty Wholesale is probably modeled after the Orchids of Hawaii R-13 Coconut mug. The exterior surface is brown with a bisque finish. The interior is glazed and white.

On the bottom this 14 ounce ceramic mug is the inscription “Made in China” and “DW116-S”.

Other coconut mugs in my collection include the Orchids of Hawaii R-13A Coconut mug.

Many variations of the coconut mug can be found on pages 108-112 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

While coconuts are often associated with Polynesia, there is controversy as to their actual origin. Some contend the coconut palm originated in southeast Asia while others argue it came from south America. Without a doubt, its distribution across Polynesia was aided by the seafaring Polynesians who used the tree as a source of food and building materials.

Drinks served in coconuts, whether real or ceramic, are a staple of classic Polynesian restaurants and Tiki bars.

Found in the Dynasty Wholesale, Mug, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Dynasty Wholesale DW117-S Compote Bowl

Dynasty Wholesale DW117-S Compote bowl

This 16-ounce glazed ceramic bowl is listed as a Compote bowl in Dynasty Wholesales catalog and appears to be a reproduction of an OMC bowl. On the front of the bowl are three women wearing yellow skirts and red bikini tops. All appear to be dancing on a beach. The scene is framed on both sides by two pair of palm trees. Behind the girls are two sailboats on the ocean and further on the horizon is a volcanic island. The reverse side of the bowl is not decorated. The base of the bowl is a pedestal.

On the bottom of the bowl is imprinted “Made in China” and “DW117″.

Similar bowls in my collection include the Orchids of Hawaii R-86 Compote bowl.

Bowls similar to this one can be found on pages 81-84 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Bowl, Dynasty Wholesale, Hawaiiana, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Dynasty Wholesale DW128 Easter Islander Mug

Dynasty Wholesale DW128 Easter Islander mug

This 12-ounce ceramic mug, resembling an Easter Island Moai statue, is produced by Dynasty Wholesale. Similar mugs in my collection include a Orchids of Hawaii R-72 Easter Island mug and an unmarked brown Moai mug.

Tiki mugs similar to this can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

The Moai statues on Easter Island were carved from volcanic rock starting around AD 1100 to mid-1600. Approximately 890 of these statues were carved and erected, ranging in height from 8 feet to an unfinished statue that is 71 feet. The average height is 13 feet and weighed 8 to 10 tons.

Found in the Dynasty Wholesale, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Dynasty Wholesale DW141 Bikini Girl Mug

Dynasty Wholesale DW141 Bikini Girl mug

This 12-ounce glazed ceramic mug, produced for Dynasty Wholesale, is most likely a reproduction of the Orchids of Hawaii R-79 Lani mug. This mug features a suggestively-clad buxom girl with hibiscus flowers in her hair.

One the bottom of the mug is imprinted “Made in China” and “DW141″.

Mugs similar to this can be found on page 89 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Dynasty Wholesale, Hawaiiana, Mug, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Easter Islander Salt and Pepper Shakers

Easter Islander Salt and Pepper Shakers

These shakers, approximately 4 inches tall and depicting smiling Moai, have no markings to indicate who the manufacturer was.

Salt and pepper shakers similar to these can be found on page 115 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Polynesian Pop, Salt and Pepper Shakers, and Tiki Collections.

G F Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

On the back of these salt and pepper shakers is written “Florida” while on the bottom is a red and gold decal with the letters “G F” and the word “Japan”.

Salt and pepper shakers similar to these can be found on page 117 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Polynesian Pop, Salt and Pepper Shakers, and Tiki Collections.

Green Tiki Mug

A green Tiki mug

This unmarked green Tiki mug is similar to the Dynasty Wholesale DW113 Green Tiki mug and the Orchids of Hawaii R5 Green Tiki mug.

Tiki mugs similar to this can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Green Westwood Tiki Toothpick Holder

Green Westwood Tiki Toothpick Holder

While this ceramic toothpick holder has no manufacturers marks, the simple and distinctive geometric designs in raised relief suggest it was created by Westwood. This small item originally held toothpicks or “Tiki Party Sticks”.

This toothpick holder is approximately 2 inches tall and on the bottom, printed in ink, is “Japan”.

Items very similar to this can be found on page 63 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Polynesian Pop, Tiki, Toothpick Holders, and Westwood Collections.

Harvey’s Sneaky Tiki Mug

Harvey's Sneaky Tiki mug

I purchased this vintage, green, glazed ceramic Tiki mug from an antiques dealer who found it at an estate in Michigan. It was made by OMC for Harvey’s Sneaky Tiki Polynesian Lounge which was once part of Harvey’s Casino in Lake Tahoe, NV. This 16-ounce mug stands 7-inches tall and features a Tiki on the front and a torch on the back.

Written on the front in script is “Harvey’s” and on the back “Sneaky Tiki” and “Lake Tahoe”. On the bottom is a yellow-and-gold sticker that says “O M C” and “Japan”.

This mug is shown on page 57 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Labeled, Mug, Otagiri, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Hawaii Mug

Hawaii Mug

Hawaii Mug

This glazed mug features a woman kneeling on the beach playing a ukulele. On the base of the mug can be seen the word “Hawaii”. On the back are three salmon-colored hibiscus flowers. Behind the girl can be seen a sailboat and an island. The mug has some crazing and a small spot where there is no glazing but otherwise it appears in good condition.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Hawaiian Village Mug

Hawaiian Village mug

This all-white, eight-ounce, glazed ceramic mug stands 4 1/2-inches tall. It was made for the Hawaiian Village, a now-closed Polynesian restaurant located in New Westminster, BC, Canada. Hawaiian Village is mentioned on page 230 of Tiki Road Trip by James Teitelbaum.

The front of the mug depicts a Hawaiian woman with a hibiscus over her left ear and a lei about her neck. On the front it reads “Hawaiian Village” and “525-9222″ and on the bottom is imprinted “Ernelli”, “Vancouver, Canada” and “Made in Japan”.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Labeled, Mug, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Hawaiian Village Surfing Girl Mug

Hawaiian Village Surfing Girl mug

This glazed ceramic mug , most likely a reproduction of the Orchids of Hawaii R-80A Surfing Girl mug, was produced for the Hawaiian Village, a now-closed Polynesian restaurant located in New Westminster, BC, Canada. Hawaiian Village is mentioned on page 230 of Tiki Road Trip by James Teitelbaum and variants of this mug can be found on page 93 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

This mug stands 6 3/4-inches tall and holds twelve ounces. On the front is brown-haired woman, wearing a blue bikini, riding a yellow surfboard. On the back are five dolphins jumping in the ocean. Also on the back are “Aloha”, “Hawaiian Village”, and “525-9222″.

Similar mugs in my collection include an Orchids of Hawaii R-80A Surfing Girl mug and an unidentified Surfing Girl mug.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Labeled, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki 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.

KC Co Ltd Ku Mug

KC Co Ltd Happy Tiki Mug

This brown, glazed ceramic mug looks like a happy Ku. On the bottom is “KC Co Ltd” and “Hawaii”.

Found in the KC Co Ltd, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

KC Co Ltd Leilani Mug

KC Co Ltd Leilani Mug

This brown, glazed ceramic mug looks like a happy Leilani. On the bottom is “KC Co Ltd” and “Hawaii”.

Found in the KC Co Ltd, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

KC Co Ltd Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

KC Co Ltd Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

This set of Tiki salt and pepper shakers was produced by KC Co Ltd. Inscribed on the bottom is “©KC Co Ltd Hawaii”.

Found in the KC Co Ltd, Polynesian Pop, Salt and Pepper Shakers, and Tiki Collections.

Libbey Tonga Mug

Front view of brown Libbey Tonga mugReverse view of brown Libbey Tonga mug

This ceramic tiki mug, produced by Libbey and called the Tonga mug, holds 24.75 ounces, is 7 1/8-inches tall and 3 1/4-inches wide. On the bottom of the mug is the imprint “Libbey®”.

Found in the Libbey, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Libbey Totem Mugs

Front view of blue Libby Totem mugReverse view of blue Libby Totem mug
Front and reverse view.

Front view of brown Libby Totem mugFront view of light brown Libby Totem mug
Two variations of the brown mug.

These mugs, produced by Libbey and called the Totem mugs, come in two colors kiwi (brown) and blue. I have examples of two variations of the brown color. These 20-ounce ceramic tumblers stand 7-inches tall and are 3-inches wide. On the bottom is the imprint “Libbey ®”.

Found in the Libbey, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Mai Tai Matchbook

Matchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurantMatchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurant

Matchbook cover for Mai Tai restaurant

This matchbook is from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior, MN. This restaurant closed in 1989 and was founded by John Logan, former head chef at the Ambassador Hotel in St. Louis Park. According to Tiki Road Trip, 2nd Ed. by James Teitelbaum, the Mai Tai was Marvel Comics kingpin Stan Lee’s favorite Tiki bar.

On the front outside cover of the matchbook is “Mai Tai” with a drawing of a restaurant in the background. Printed on the back outside cover is printed “Rum Runner” and “687 Excelsior Blvd. Excelsior, Minn.” with a grass hut and palm tree in the background. On the inside cover is “Famous for Polynesian & French Cuisine” and “Located on Lake Minnetonka.”

In addition to this matchbox, I have a matchbox from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Mai Tai Matchbox

Matchbox from the Mai Tai restaurant

Matchbox from Mai Tai restaurant

This matchbox is from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior, MN. This restaurant closed in 1989 and was founded by John Logan, former head chef at the Ambassador Hotel in St. Louis Park. According to Tiki Road Trip, 2nd Ed. by James Teitelbaum, the Mai Tai was Marvel Comics kingpin Stan Lee’s favorite Tiki bar.

On one side is “Mai-Tai” with an outdoor picture of sand, trees, and what looks like a hotel. On the other side is a picture of the interior of the Mai Tai restaurant. It has a vaulted ceiling, bamboo chairs, Tiki statues, and other Polynesian-themed items. On the side of the matchbox is “687 Excelsior Blvd.”, “Excelsior, MN”, and “474-1183″.

In addition to this matchbox, I have a matchbook from the Mai Tai restaurant in Excelsior.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Twin Cities Collections.

Monkeypod Ku Mug

Monkeypod Tiki mug

This carved monkeypod Tiki mug, depicting Ku, has no manufacturer’s marks, yet, it does not appear to be someone’s craft project. This mug is 5-inches tall and holds 14 ounces.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Monkeypod Ku Mug

Monkeypod Tiki mug

This carved monkeypod Tiki mug, depicting Ku, has no manufacturer’s marks. This mug is 2 3/4-inches tall and holds 4 ounces.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge Matchbook

Matchbook from Mr Tiki Mai Tai LoungeMatchbook from Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge

Kat and I visited the Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, located in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, during the summer of 2005. I liked the Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge because it had a sushi bar and a sidewalk patio located at one of the busier interections in the Gaslamp District. This made for great food with great people watching. Plus, the service was good as were the drinks.

I like this matchbook because it depicts a Tiki holding a Tiki torch on one side and a wahine holding a martiki on the other. BTW, the Mondo Martiki is huge. Bring a friend or two to help you drink it.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Multicolored Tiki Mug

Multicolored Tiki mug

There are no markings on this multicolored ceramic Tiki mug.

An unpainted Tiki mug similar to this, made by Jard Products, can be found on page 49 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Munktiki Tiki Oasis 7

Munktiki Tiki Oasis 7 Mug

This Munktiki limited edition Tiki mug, designed by Derek Yaniger, was limited to a run of 300 mugs. My particular mug is number 156. This purple-glazed mug stands approximately 6 3/4 inches tall and depicts the Hawaiian god Ku, the god of war.

On the back of the mug is “Tiki News Presents Hawaii-a-Go-Go”, “Tiki Oasis 7″, and 2007″. On the bottom of the mug, it reads “Munktiki *Derek”, “Tiki Oasis 7″, “156-300″, and “© 2007″.

Found in the Labeled, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-1 Headhunter Mug

green-colored Orchids of Hawaii R-1 Headhunter mugcream-colored Orchids of Hawaii R-1 Headhunter mug

These vintage Tiki mugs, produced by Orchids of Hawaii, feature the visage of a tattooed Maori headhunter.

These glazed ceramic mugs are 7-inches tall and hold 16 ounces. They came in three colors: green, cream, and brown. An identifying mark is the “Orchids of Hawaii” printed on the bottom of the mugs. These mugs were manufactured first in Japan and then Taiwan and typically have the country of origin printed on the bottom. Both of the above mugs were made in Japan. And, most, but not all, R-1 Headhunter mugs have “R-1″ printed on the bottom. If there are no markings other than “China” on the bottom, the mug is probably a Dynasty Wholesale mug.

Similar mugs in my collections include an unmarked brown Headhunter mug.

This mug can be found on page 13 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-13A Coconut Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-13A Coconut mug

This is the Orchids of Hawaii R-13A Coconut mug. The exterior surface is brown with a bisque finish. The interior is glazed and white.

On the bottom of this 15 ounce ceramic mug is “Orchids of Hawaii”, “R-13A”, and “Japan”.

Other coconut mugs in my collection include the Dynasty Wholesale DW116-S Coconut mug.

Many variations of the coconut mug can be found on pages 108-112 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

While coconuts are often associated with Polynesia, there is controversy as to their actual origin. Some contend the coconut palm originated in southeast Asia while others argue it came from south America. Without a doubt, its distribution across Polynesia was aided by the seafaring Polynesians who used the tree as a source of food and building materials.

Drinks served in coconuts, whether real or ceramic, are a staple of classic Polynesian restaurants and Tiki bars.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-3 Jewel Eyes Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-3 Jewel Eyes mug

This vintage Tiki mug is in good condition, with sharp markings and no chips or cracks, and has green, rhinestone eyes. The rim and the base are both glazed while the body has a bisque exterior with a cream base with a brown stain overlay. The 13 ounce mug stands 6 inches tall.

On the bottom are the inscriptions “Orchids of Hawaii”, “Japan”, and “R-3″.

This Tiki mug can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-72 Easter Island Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-72 Easter Island mug

This vintage 13-ounce glazed ceramic, headvase-style mug stands 6 1/2-inches tall. This Tiki mug looks like a miniature Easter Island Moai statue carved from wood. Imprinted on the bottom of the mug is “Orchids of Hawaii” and “Japan”.

Similar mugs in my collection include the Dynasty Wholesale DW128 Easter Islander mug and an unmarked brown Moai mug.

This Tiki mug can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-73A Nani Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-73A Nani mugs

At nine ounces, these vintage glazed ceramic mugs, produced by Orchids of Hawaii, are small. On the mugs is a dancing woman. She is wearing a grass skirt and has yellow lei around her neck and a red or purple hibiscus in her hair.

All four mugs are marked “Orchids of Hawaii” and “Japan” on the bottom. However, the two lighter called mugs, on the left, are additionally marked “R-73A”. The variations in color highlight the handpainted nature of these classic mugs.

These and similar mugs can be found on page 91 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-74 Tiki Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-74 Tiki mug

This vintage ceramic 12-ounce mug stands 6-inches tall. This mug is molded in the semblance of the Hawaiian god Ku, the god of war.

Impressed on the bottom is “Orchids of Hawaii R-74″ and “Japan”.

Similar mugs in my collections include an unmarked brown Ku mug.

This Tiki mug can be found on page 15 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-76 Lono Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-76 Lono mug

This vintage, glazed ceramic mug holds 12-ounces and is 6-inches tall. This mug depicts Lono, the God of Peace and Prosperity. This mug has been well cared for and has no chips, no crazing, and no skuff marks in the glaze.

Inscribed on the bottom of the mug is “Orchids of Hawaii”, “R-76″, and “Japan”.

This mug can be found on page 16 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-79 Lani Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-79 Lani mug

This vintage cream-colored Tiki mug is fully glazed and features a suggestively-clad buxom girl with hibiscus flowers in her hair. This 13 ounce mug stands 6.75 inches tall and 3 inches wide.

Inscribed on the bottom of the mug are “Orchids of Hawaii”, “Japan”, and “R-79″.

Similar mugs in my collection include the Dynasty Wholesale DW141 Bikini Girl mug.

Variants of this mug can be found on page 89 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-80 Surfing Boy Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-80 Surfing Boy mug

This 14-ounce, all-blue, vintage glazed ceramic mug stands 7-inches tall. It depicts a man riding a surfboard with waves crashing around him. On the back can be seen another person riding a surfboard in the distance. On the bottom is imprinted “Orchids of Hawaii R-80″ and “Japan”.

This mug is shown on page 93 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-80A Surfing Girl Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-80A Surfing Girl mug

This 14-ounce, colorful, vintage, glazed ceramic mug stands 7-inches tall. It depicts a girl riding a surfboard with waves crashing around her. On the back can be seen dolphins jumping in the ocean with a mountainous island in the background.

On the bottom is imprinted “Orchids of Hawaii R-80A” and “Japan”.

Similar mugs in my collections include a Hawaiian Village Surfing Girl mug and an unidentified Surfing Girl mug.

This mug is shown on page 93 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-86 Compote Bowl

Orchids of Hawaii R-86 Compote bowl

This 22-ounce, vintage, glazed ceramic bowl stands 3 3/4-inches tall. On the front are three wahine on a beach. One woman is playing the ukulele while the other two dance. The dark-haired women are wearing green grass skirts and red leis. The scene is framed by two palm trees. On the reverse side are two pineapples.

On the bottom is imprinted “Orchids of Hawaii R-86″ and “Taiwan”.

Bowls similar to this in my collection include the Dynasty Wholesale DW117-s Compote bowl.

Variants of this bowl are shown on page 83 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Bowl, Hawaiiana, Orchids of Hawaii, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Orchids of Hawaii R-91 Leilani Mug

Orchids of Hawaii R-91 Leilani mug

This vintage brown Tiki mug is in good condition with no cracks or chips. On the bottom of the mug, it reads “Orchids of Hawaii R-91″ and “Japan”. This 13 ounce mug stands 5 inches tall. The Leilani mug is one of the more commonly found Tiki mugs.

The Leilani mug can be found on page 59 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Orchids of Hawaii, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Otagiri Mr Bali Hai Mug

Otagiri Mr Bali Hai mug

This ceramic mug of a headhunter with a bone through his nose was made by Otagiri for the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego, CA. On the bottom of the mug, which is concave, are the following: “‘Mr Bali Hai’ made exclusively for the Bali Hai Restaurant”, “San Diego, Calif.”

Similar mugs in my collection include the Tiki Farm Mr Bali Hai mug.

This Tiki mug can be found on page 17 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Labeled, Mug, Otagiri, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Otagiri ‘Peanut’ Mug

Otagiri 'Peanut' mug

This vintage mug by Otagiri is commonly called the “Peanut” mug because the texture on the back resemble that of a peanut. While particular mug is brown, the “Peanut” mug came in a variety of colors, such a tan, gray, and green. Many variations of this mug can be found with restaurant and bar names imprinted on them.

On the bottom of this mug is printed “Imported by Otagiri Co”. There also is a gold-colored sticker on the bottom with “OMC” and “Japan” on it.

This Tiki mug can be found on page 34 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Mug, Otagiri, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Outrigger Lounge Matchbook

Matchbook cover for the Outrigger Lounge

This is a matchbook cover from the Outrigger Lounge and Tropic Bowl in Rochester, MN.

On the front, outside cover is printed “Outrigger Lounge”, “Dancing Entertainment Nightly”, and “Fifth Ave S.E. & Fourth St. Rochester, Minnesota” next to a Tiki. On the other side is “Tropic Bowl”, “20 Lanes”, and “Elbo Room” and a shield with crossed spears.

Found in the Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Pick-Nicollet Waikiki Room Postcard

Postcard depicting the Waikiki Room at the Pick-Nicollet Hotel

After seeing at this postcard for the Waikiki Room in the now demolished Nicollet Hotel, I wish I could travel back in time to dine at this long lost treasure of Polynesian Pop. The bamboo and rattan furniture, the green vinyl seats, and the bamboo roofs over the tables create an atmosphere of the exotic that is hard to find in modern day restaurants. I can imagine myself sitting on one of those green vinyl chairs and enjoying a Mai Tai while listening to the exotic sounds of Martin Denny.

On the back of this postcard is the following blurb:

Exotic Waikiki Room

As Hawaiian as the glowing splendor of Diamond Head . . . The Waikiki Room’s exciting tropical decor . . . its fabulous Polynesian cuisine and beverages have been imported directly from Hawaii to give you a thrilling new experience in dining pleasure.

The Pick-Nicollet
Minneapolis, Minn.

James Lileks, on his Mpls Long Gone site, has a collection of postcards for the Nicollet Hotel, Minneapolis.

Found in the Labeled, Polynesian Pop, Postcard, and Twin Cities Collections.

Pony Express Creations 16 Ounce Tiki Mugs

Pony Express Creations 16 Ounce Tiki Mugs

These 16 ounce glazed ceramic Tiki mugs, produced by Pony Express Creations, represent Kanaloa, Ku, Kane, and Lono, respectively. Kanaloa is God of the Ocean. Ku is Architect and Maker of War. Kane is The Creator. And, Lono is God of Peace and Prosperity.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, Pony Express Creations, and Tiki Collections.

Pony Express Creations 20 Ounce Tiki Mugs

Pony Express Creations 20 Ounce Tiki Mugs

These 20 ounce glazed ceramic Tiki mugs, produced by Pony Express Creations, represent Kanaloa, Ku, Kane, and Lono, respectively. Kanaloa is God of the Ocean. Ku is Architect and Maker of War. Kane is The Creator. And, Lono is God of Peace and Prosperity.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, Pony Express Creations, and Tiki Collections.

Pony Express Creations Kane Shot Glass

Pony Express Creations Kane Shot Glass

This ceramic two ounce shot glass depicts Kane, The Creator, and has a leather strap for hanging around your neck.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, Pony Express Creations, and Tiki Collections.

Pony Express Creations Tiki Shotglasses

Pony Express Creations Tiki Shotglasses

These 2 ounce glazed ceramic Tiki shotglasses, produced by Pony Express Creations, represent Kanaloa, Ku, Kane, and Lono, respectively. Kanaloa is God of the Ocean. Ku is Architect and Maker of War. Kane is The Creator. And, Lono is God of Peace and Prosperity.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, Pony Express Creations, and Tiki Collections.

Steve Crane Bird of Paradise Bowl

Steve Crane Bird of Paradise Bowl

The vintage Tiki bowl, which looks like an owl, is approximately 7 inches wide and 3 3/4 inches tall. On the bottom of the Bird of Paradise bowl is inscribed “Designed by Steve Crane Associates”.

This bowl can be can be found on page 3 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Bowl, Polynesian Pop, Steve Crane, and Tiki Collections.

Steve Crane Kon-Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

Steve Crane Kon-Tiki Salt and Pepper Shakers

On the bottom of the shakers, it reads “Design by S Crane” and “Japan”. On the back of each is “Kon-Tiki”.

Salt and pepper shakers similar to this can be found on page 116 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Labeled, Polynesian Pop, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Steve Crane, and Tiki Collections.

Surfing Girl Mug

Surfing Girl mug

This glazed, ceramic mug, which depicts a woman riding a surfboard, is similar to the Orchids of Hawaii R-80A Surfing Girl mug and a mug from the Hawaiian Village restaurant.

The only markings on this mug is “Made in China” on the bottom.

Mugs similar to this one can be found on page 93 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, and Polynesian Pop Collections.

Tiki Farm Drei Moai Mug

Tiki Farm Drei Moai Mug

This Drei Moai limited edition Tiki mug, designed by Squid, was limited to a run of 250 mugs. My particular mug is number 62. This emerald green-glazed three-footed mug stands approximately 8 1/4 inches tall. The following description is from Tiki Farm:

The mug is a footed tall cylindrical mug with 3 Moai Sentinels flanking the perimeter. Smooth lava rim overflow transitions into a pebbled-rock style rim and a scraped backdrop with 3 potbellied grimacing Moai’s (please take note of the “outie” belly buttons).

On the bottom of the mug, it reads “Limited Edition of 250″, “Tiki Farm”, and “Squid”.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Tiki Farm Collections.

Tiki Farm Giant Ku Lakanuki Mug

Front view of Tiki Farm Giant Ku Lakanuki

This glazed ceramic Tiki mug was produced by Tiki Farm for the Lakanuki Bar in Mammoth Lake, CA. From Tiki Farm’s website, this mug features a permanent fired decal commemorating it to the Lakanuki. The total production run on this customized mug was 147 each.

Found in the Labeled, Mug, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Tiki Farm Collections.

Tiki Farm Mr. Bali Hai Mug

Tiki Farm Mr. Bali Hai mug

This ceramic mug, a reproduction of the original Mr. Bali Hai mug, depicts a headhunter with a bone through his nose and was produced by Tiki Farm for the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island in San Diego, CA.

On the bottom of the mug are the following: “‘Mr Bali Hai’ made exclusively for the Bali Hai Restaurant”, “San Diego, Calif.”

A variation of this Tiki mug can be found on page 17 of Tiki Quest - Collecting the Exotic Past by Duke Carter.

Found in the Labeled, Mug, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Tiki Farm Collections.

Tiki Farm Tres Tiki

Tiki Farm Tres Tiki Bowl

This Tres Tiki limited edition Tiki bowl, designed by Von Franco, was manufactured by Tiki Farm as part of their artist series and limited to a run of 300 bowls. My particular mug is number 34. This three-footed bowl stands approximately 3 inches tall, has a brown glazed exterior and a green-glazed interior. It depicts three artists at Tikis: Von Franco, Shag, and the Pizz.

Inscribed on the side of the bowl is “Von Franco”, “Shag”, and “Pizz”. On the bottom of the mug, it reads “© 2003″ and “Von Franco by Tiki Farm”.

Found in the Bowl, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Tiki Farm Collections.

Tiki Leilani Mug

Unidentified Tiki Leilani mug

This is an example of the common Leilani mug. Thousands of these were produced by Orchids of Hawaii and sold at Tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants. This glazed ceramic mug has no manufacturers marks. Engraved on the base is “Tiki Leilani”.

Found in the Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tiki Collections.

Tommy Bahama 2003 Tropical Nostalgia Mug

Tommy Bahama 2003 Tropical Nostalgia mug

This hand-painted ceramic mug features, in bas-relief, a buxom, dark-haired woman wearing a brown dress with red hibiscus flowers and green palm fronds on it. She has a red hibiscus flower in her hair and is holding a woven backet, full of pineapples, in her left arm. She is standing on green grass against a blue background.

On the base of the mug in white lettering is “Tommy Bahama”. On the bottom of the mug is “Tommy Bahama”, “Tropical Nostalgia”, “2003″, and “Hand Made in China”. Also, impressed on the bottom is the letter “W”.

Tommy Bahama has released a series of mugs featuring a wahine, one each year, since 2002. This mug, titled “Tropical Nostalgia”, was released in 2003. Others include “Kimono Lady“, released in 2002, “Vacation Vixen“, released in 2004, “Just Duet” in 2005, and “Paradise Beach” in 2006.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tommy Bahama Collections.

Tommy Bahama 2004 Vacation Vixen Mug

Tommy Bahama 2004 Vacation Vixen mug

This hand-painted ceramic mug features, in bas-relief, a wahine kneeling on a beach beneath a palm tree. She is wearing a red swimsuit, has a blue lei around her neck, and a red hibiscus flower in her hair, wrists, and ankles.

On the base of the mug in white lettering is “Tommy Bahama”. On the bottom of the mug is “Tommy Bahama”, “Vacation Vixen”, “2004″, and “Hand Made in China”. Also, impressed on the bottom is the letter “W”.

Tommy Bahama has released a series of mugs featuring a wahine, one each year, since 2002. This mug, titled “Vacation Vixen”, was released in 2004. Others include “Kimono Lady“, released in 2002, “Tropical Nostalgia” in 2003, “Just Duet“, released in 2005, and “Paradise Beach” in 2006.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tommy Bahama Collections.

Tommy Bahama 2006 Paradise Beach Mug

Tommy Bahama 2006 Paradise Beach mug

This hand-painted ceramic mug features, in bas-relief, a dark-haired wahine riding a blue marlin, which is leaping from the blue ocean. The waving wahine, is wearing a green grass skirt, red hibiscus flowers in her hair and on her ankles, and a top made from red hibiscus flowers.

On the base of the mug in white lettering is “Tommy Bahama”. On the bottom of the mug is “Tommy Bahama”, “Paradise Beach”, “2006″, and “Hand Made China”. Also, impressed on the bottom is the letter “W”.

Tommy Bahama has released a series of mugs featuring a wahine, one each year, since 2002. This mug, titled “Paradise Beach”, was released in 2006. Others include “Kimono Lady“, released in 2002, “Tropical Nostalgia” in 2003, “Vacation Vixen“, released in 2004, and “Just Duet” in 2005.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tommy Bahama Collections.

Tommy Bahama 2005 Just Duet Mug

Tommy Bahama 2005 Just Duet mug

This hand-painted ceramic mug features, in bas-relief, a wahine playing a ukulele. She is standing, against a tan background, under a palm tree on green grass. She is wearing a yellow grass skirt, a pink lei, and a yellow hibiscus flower in her hair.

On the base of the mug in white lettering is “Tommy Bahama”. On the bottom of the mug is “Tommy Bahama”, “Just Duet”, “2005″, and “Hand Made in China”. Also, impressed on the bottom is the letter “W”.

Tommy Bahama has released a series of mugs featuring a wahine, one each year, since 2002. This mug, titled “Just Duet”, was released in 2005. Others include “Kimono Lady“, released in 2002, “Tropical Nostalgia” in 2003, “Vacation Vixen“, released in 2004, and “Paradise Beach” in 2006.

Found in the Hawaiiana, Mug, Polynesian Pop, and Tommy Bahama Collections.

Treasure Craft #34 Pineapple Ashtray

Top view of Treasure Craft #34 Pineapple Ashtray

Bottom view of Treasure Craft #34 Pineapple Ashtray

I found this ashtray, produced by Treasure Craft, at a thrift store near where I live. On the bottom is inscribed “Treasure Craft Maui Hawaii © 1963 #34″

Treasure Craft items similar to this one can be found on page 54 of Treasure Craft Pottery & Pottery Craft Stoneware by George A. Higby.

Found in the Ashtray, Polynesian Pop, and Treasure Craft 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.

Treasure Craft Pineapple Handi-Tray

Top view of Treasure Craft Pineapple Handi-Tray

Treasure Craft Pineapple Handi-Tray

On the bottom of this dish, called a Treasure Craft Pineapple Handi-Tray, is inscribed “Treasure Craft © 1962 Compton Calif”.

Treasure Craft items similar to this one can be found on page 54 of Treasure Craft Pottery & Pottery Craft Stoneware by George A. Higby.

Found in the Polynesian Pop and Treasure Craft Collections.

Waikiki Room Matchbooks

Matchbook cover for the Waikiki RoomMatchbook cover for the Waikiki Room

Matchbook cover for the Waikiki RoomMatchbook cover for the Waikiki Room

These are matchbook covers from the Waikiki Room in the Hotel Nicollet which later became the Pick-Nicollet Hotel.

The Hotel Nicollet matchbook is relatively simple with “Waikiki Room”, “Hotel Nicollet”, and “Minneapolis” on one side and a drawing of a Tiki on the other. The Pick-Nicollet matchbook cover has “Jolly Miller Charcoal Broiler” on one side with the following on the other: “Pick-Nicollet an Albert Pick Hotel”, “Minneapolis, Minn FE 3-3177″, and “Exotic Waikiki Room” with a drawing of a Tiki and a Tiki bar.

Found in the Hotei, Labeled, Matchbook, Polynesian Pop, Tiki, and Twin Cities Collections.

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