Documentary Review: Mai-Tais, Toques and Tikis (2013)

Release Date: 2013 (Canada)
Director: Steve Ward

Janson Media, 31 Minutes


This is a rather short documentary, being that it is only a half hour. I wish it were longer, as it feels like there is a lot more to explore and discuss but it was still entertaining, nonetheless.

The film explores the rise and fall of Tiki culture in Canada but its story is very similar to what happened in America as well.

Unfortunately, the movie is very brief but it does get into the history of the Polynesian influence on North American culture in the 50s and 60s. It talks about the early restaurants and establishments and also covers cuisine, cocktails and looks at all the cool tiki art pieces: mugs, shirts, decor, wood carved Tiki men, architecture and other stuff.

Many collectors and aficionados of Tiki culture speak on their experiences and their love of everything Tiki. It seems as if there is an underground renaissance, which is a good thing, as I have always embraced Tiki culture and style. Maybe I just live in a lame area where these people don’t go, which is said, as I’m in the friggin’ tropics. Or maybe the Canadians are a step ahead of the Americans.

I just wish there was more of this documentary. It was way too quick of a watch and it just left you wanting more.

If you want to watch it, the short documentary is currently streaming on Amazon Video.

Rating: 7/10

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