The return of American GIs from the Pacific theatre after World War II helped launch a Polynesian craze. Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition, James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, and Hawaiian statehood all fueled the phenomenon. This “tiki” culture — so named after the large, wooden sculptures found throughout Polynesia — included candy-colored rum cocktails, Hawaiian shirts, space-age pop music, and a nonstop party scene inhabited by self-styled nonconformists and swingers. After all but disappearing in the 1970s, the spirit of tiki has recently been revived by a new generation of Polynesian popsters — and shows absolutely no signs of flaming out.

Broadcast on PBS affiliates nationwide

Screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, in 2014

Nominated for a 2014 Suncoast Emmy® Award

Network PBS

Air Date September 18, 2013

Producers Gaspar González | Brett O’Bourke
Director Brett O’Bourke
Writer Gaspar González
Richard Patterson
Art Director Kevin Kidney
Narrator Drew Birch
Editor Jorge Rubiera
Assistant Editor Noelis Márquez-Reyes
Colorist Ryan Enn Hughes
Post Sound
Joel C. Hernandez

Running Time 55:26

A WLRN / Common Machine Production