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Polynesiacs - Tiki at Home

Polynesiacs - Tiki at Home

An Immersive Road Trip Through 75 Home Tiki Bars

Hardcover 400 pages

ISBN 979-8-218-95004-0

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Have you ever wanted to escape it all in the comfort of your own home? Do you sometimes feel an inordinate enthusiasm for everything Tiki and Pop Polynesian? Have you been accused of collecting way too many Tiki mugs? Do you find yourself longing for fruity and strong drinks adorned with swizzle sticks and cocktail umbrellas? Did someone catch you buying another aloha shirt or obscure bottle of rum? You’re likely a Polynesiac! And this is the elixir for your condition.

Join author and photographer TIKI TOM-TOM on an immersive road trip as he crosses the continental United States to visit 75 home Tiki bars, sharing tales of the slightly obsessed and always fun Polynesiacs who have been inspired to create their own tropical escapes. Step inside these elaborate environments, lovingly created in private homes, gardens, trailers, and boat houses across the country, from New York to California and Washington to Florida.

POLYNESIACS: TIKI AT HOME isn’t a how-to book. Similar to the ancient voyaging mariners who used star charts, winds, and currents to guide their way, this book offers sixteen Navigation Points to help map your journey, inspire you to harness your unique obsessions, and learn from the wisdom and humor of the Polynesiacs who’ve traveled before you as you plan, build, or enhance your home Tiki space.

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About the Author

Tiki Tom-Tom (aka Tom Jaynes) is a writer, hobbyist photographer, artist, sewist, singer, educator, wanderer, and full-time Polynesiac. His first visit to the Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show converted him to Tiki life. You might think he’s a partygoer from the stories he tells, but he’s really a wallflower. A former community college administrator turned nomad; you’ll find him mapping out his next road trip at Queequeg’s Coffin, his home Tiki bar in Durham, North Carolina.

For more information, see the Polynesiacs web site.