Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

We're Gonna Have a Tiki Party Tonight!

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.


Yesterday I attended American Cinematheque's tiki festivalat the Egyptian. The television clips segment was an episode of Hawaiian Eye, a cheesy wanna-be Hawaii 5-0 with some of the most camp moments imaginable. Interspersed between the "commercial breaks" were B-movie coming attractions and hilarious ads ("Salem makes your taste fresher!"). There were a variety of vendors selling tiki wares, and after the movie, King Kukelele and his Friki Tikis got the courtyard hoppin' to the sounds of The Hawaiian War Chant and Tiny Bubbles. The Polynesian Paradise Dancers put on a fantastic show in spite of the jet lag from their recent flight from Japan. I didn't partake in the luau, but snapped a few pics of the food anyways. Tonight they wrap up the festival with Miss Sadie Thompson at 7:30 pm.

(Photos after the jump!)

The opening segment of "Hawaiian Eye"

Support for LAist comes from









Photos by Elise Thompson for LAist