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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lets Take a Vintage Hawaiian Vacation

Having five dogs and three cats means I rarely, as in basically never, travel.  Now I absolutely don't mind this, I have no desire to leave my beloved pups and kitties behind at home, and I'm very much a home body at heart, still there are some places I'd like to see.  For example, I certainly wouldn't mind a sojourn to Hawaii, but the truth is I'd need a time machine to do it right.  I'd like to visit vintage Hawaii, the Hawaii of the 1920s-1950s before it was a state. 

1920s themed Hawaiian music group image source

1930s Hawaiian map
1930s Hula Dancers
1930s Hula Dancers, image source

1940s Post Card
1940s tiki costumes
Vintage Tiki Style Cocktails
Tiki culture peaked in the 1950s, and 60s with Polynesian themed restaurants, fashion, and design elements scene far from Hawaii:

Tiki Themed Bar, Image Source
Tiki Themed Hotel
Tiki fashions for the family, image source

  While tiki culture has faded into the past don't despair, there are still dozens of collectables to enjoy.  Below are just a few of the items I found on ebay and etsy:

1950s Tiki Kewpie Doll Lamp on sale on Ebay for $68

  • Vintage Siesta Ware Tiki Bar Glasses, Set of Five
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    Vintage Siesta Ware Tiki Bar Glasses, Set of Five
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1960s Tiki Pary Lights on Ebay for $59.95
Vintage Siesta Ware Tiki Bar Glasses, Set of Five

Siesta Ware Glasses from Etsy $20

Vintage Hawaii Souvenir Music Box Boy Tiki Bar Decor Hawaiian 1960's Tropical Kitschy Theme Palm Trees
Adorable Kitschy Tiki Music Box, $18 dollars on Etsy

_Mid Century Tiki Cocktail Napkins, The Hawaiian Islands Paradise Playland, Set of 25
Vintage Cocktail Napkins $18 on Etsy

1950s Souvenir Coconut Purse
1950s coconut purse, $17 Etsy

If clothing is more your thing there are lots of lovely reproduction Tiki clothes for sale on Etsy.   Jitterbuggin' makes a beautiful sarong dress:

50's Style Hawaiian Halter Sarong Dress in Green Bamboo Print

Nudee Dudee, also on Etsy, makes 1940s halter style Hawaiian dresses and Hawaiian shirts:

Tropical Alfred Shaheen reproduction LIMITED EDITION 1940s vintage style halter sundress NEW L

Ready to ship Hawaiian theme 1940s style rayon long sleeve blouse with NOS 40s buttons XS only

I myself have only one vintage Tiki item, my beloved coconut purse:

No matter where I am, it always gives me that vacation feeling.  I definitely hope to keep on expanding collection of Tiki items.   Aloha!


  1. SHE hasn't been to Hawaii for a long time, but it's way different.

    XXXOOO Bella roxy & Dui

  2. Fabulous post! I can certainly understand how hard it is to get away with so many pets, but Hawaii is definitely a worthwhile destination if you ever decide to go. There's still plenty of Tiki influence, plus the place is gorgeous away from the tourist traps!

  3. Vintage Hawaii is really cool. Every time mom goes she looks for pictures
    Lily & Edward

  4. Sounds like a great reason for a time machine.

  5. Fabulously fun travel post!!! It's cool that we both Hawaii on the brain this spring (last month's vintage honeymoon post was devoted to this timeless tropical paradise). I've never been before - fingers crossed it happens one day (likewise if you do want to go).

    ♥ Jessica

  6. I totally agree with you, but at this point is settle for a modern day Hawaiian vacation, too, and just bring the vintage with me. A girl can dream.
    We don't get to go anywhere very often, but for other reasons, like money and having babies.

  7. Those are such lovely images of Hawaii! The coconut purse is adorable!

  8. What a fun post! :) Make sure you come over and enter to win a year's supply of Merrick dog food!

  9. Love all your Hawiian pictures. The halter top dress is so nice!
    Lynne x

  10. The hotel looks like it would have been well worth a visit.
    The shirt reminds me of a tale a colleague once told, of when he met a man in Hawaiian shirt, shorts and sandals, exiting Aberdeen airport in a snowstorm in February. My friend flippantly said to the unfortunate traveller: "I think you've come to the wrong country", only to be greeted with a glare as chilly as the weather and the terse response: "No, I don't think so".
    Cheers! Gail.

  11. I, too, have four pugs and four cats and no ability to travel financially...and a homebody to boot. :)
    -Mindy :)

  12. What a fabulous idea travelling somewhere but back in time. Gosh that is food for thought and now we are thinking where and when? Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. The Tiki themed hotel looks super interesting!!!! I am with you on the no travelling thing. 3 huskies and 3 kitties don't allow to much of that! But that is the choice we make for sure, and i'm ok with that as well! Great pictures and interesting post!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  14. It would be great to visit Hawaii one day. I may have to settle for tiki torches in my yard for now. Great photos!

  15. I can't even imagine what it would be like to try and leave that many pets. I have a hard enough time leaving my two! Hawaii would be a wonderful place to visit though :)

  16. Oh what fun ... just what I needed! A vacation ...

    I agree ... with five pugs - I'm not going anywhere unless I can take them with me! So we have some tiki torches in our backyard, along with some tiki lights and even a coconut shell candle!

    Love, Ellen and the Fab Five
    Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

  17. How very tropical! :) By the way, your coconut purse is extremely cute!


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