America’s post-war infatuation with Tiki and Island culture was evident in the huge number of Polynesian-themed restaurants, bars, hotels, drinks and designs that mushroomed like crazy throughout the 50s and 60s.

And it was all largely due to the entrepreneurial zeal of just a few men.  While some were ultimately more successful than others, each of them made defining contributions to the enduring appeal of Polynesian Pop.

Click on the images below to learn their stories.

Don the Beachcomber

Trader Vic

Eli Hedley
Steven Crane
Stephen Crane

Danny Balsz

William Westenhaver