A primer on tiki culture

June 16, 2017

David Flaherty has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and is the marketing director for the Washington State Wine Commission. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News. 

Of all the places I traveled to as a kid, the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland still sticks with me vividly.   

I remember the robotic birds that chirped from all corners, the steaminess of the jungle, the methodical pounding of drums, and the Polynesian god heads that looked down on us with a mix of anger and curiosity. It was