Entries from February 2006

February 6, 2006

Puka Bar in Long Beach Now Open

Filed under: Los Angeles,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:26 pm

The new tiki bar in Long Beach, the Puka Bar, opens tonight. It’s still mostly a mystery to me — as reported earlier, I know that Crazy Al Evans did some work there, but that’s about it — so my guess is as good as yours as to what it’s like.

Also, a report of another who-knows-how-tiki-it-is place, this one in West Hollywood. As reported in ALL CAPS by someone at Tiki Central, the Voodoo Room is “NEO TIKI” and “SMOKING HOT.” Couldn’t find any information online, but a quick Google of the address (8948 SANTA MONICA) gives me the impression that this is one of those cursed restaurant locations where a new place gives it a go every six months.

Tonga Hut Future Looks Promising

Filed under: Los Angeles,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:59 pm
Tonga Hut in North Hollywood
Tonga Hut in North Hollywood

Following up on my report from a month ago, things are looking bright indeed for the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood. The new management has been true to their stated intentions to “preserve the tiki vibe of the place.” This is the third owner in as many years, and they’ve only had the place since November, but positive changes have started already — the beer signs are gone, a map of Tonga has been restored, the tikis are still happily in place, and work is underway to get the fountains working again. Bartender Cyd, who has been there for nearly three years, says “it is so nice to finally have owners that care!” Work is taking me to Los Angeles this week, I’m hoping to pop my head in myself to see how things are coming along, and get some pictures.

Norwegian Suffering Heater

Filed under: Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:34 pm
Heater and Suffering Bastard
Heater and Suffering Bastard

Above left, a heater in a Norwegian apartment, posted on Tiki Central by makutiki. Above right, a Suffering Bastard mug from the 1960s, from the collection of Maori_man. Have I been looking at tiki mugs too much?

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About Humuhumu
Humuhumu is the creator of several tiki websites. She is a designer and programmer based out of San Francisco.

- Website Design and Programming

- A Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

- Tiki Mugs & More: Track & View Collections




Arkiva Tropika
Mimi Payne’s massive Polynesian Pop collection

Barefoot Bloggin’
A surfin’, ukein’, freewheelin’ monkey boy

Beachbum Berry
Author of Grog Log and Intoxica!, and one of my dearest drinkin’ buddies

Blog from the user interface designer extraordinaire

Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

Dumb Angel
A look at the 1960s Los Angeles mod, pop, surf, and music scene

Eye of the Goof
Pop culture with a tiki tinge

Forbidden Island
My Wednesday hangout, the Bay Area’s best tiki bar

Humuhumu’s Life in Photos
Pictures of my adventures

I build websites

Junkyard Clubhouse
Random interesting things from Humuhumu & Hanford Lemoore

Kevin Kidney
Kevin loves tiki, I love Kevin, you will too

Tiki links galore

Mai Tai Online
Montreal-based tiki ‘zine

Tiki Mug Collection Organizer

The Jab
Follow the way of the jab

Tiki Bar TV
Public Access meets Modern Drunkard

Tiki Central
Community forums

Tiki Magazine
Periodical publication covering the wide world of Tiki

Tiki Talk
Hot Lava’s Tiki Blog