In 1934, when the first tiki bar was unveiled in the United States at Don the Beachcomber, a Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar in Hollywood, Polynesia was still a mysterious and exotic place to the majority of Americans.
Tiki bars in the states were built as idealized versions of the island theme, with exaggerated tropical foliage and decor to make the guest feel like he or she was stepping into an island paradise. Luckily for Jimmy Von Hubertz, the place he chose to build his tiki bar was an island paradise all its own.
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