The August/September 2016 issue of Hana Hou!, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, features gorgeous photography of home tiki bars in a piece titled “Basement Bora Boras”. The pictures are by Kamala Kingsley—you may be familiar with her work as the official photographer of the annual Tiki Kon event in Portland. Kamala has a great eye for capturing tiki party scenes. The accompanying text, and the idea for the photo spread, comes from Randy Wong of the band Waitiki. The bars included in the spread are my own Balhi Ha’i in San Francisco, The Monkey Hut in Exile in Portland, OR, the Desert Oasis Room in Corona, CA, Hale Antonelli in Huntington Beach, CA, and Rugger’s Reef in Sacramento, CA.
Hana Hou! clearly wanted to go big with Kamala’s amazing photos, but limited space in the magazine meant some hard decisions had to be made, and a ton of incredible pictures didn’t make the cut. Kamala will be able to share some of the outtakes soon, follow her photography page on Facebook to see them.
If you’ll be flying to the islands in August or September, be sure to bring your copy of Hana Hou! home to share with your friends.
- Kamala Kingsley Photography [Facebook]
- Hana Hou! Magazine [Official site]
- Balhi Ha’i in San Francisco, California [Critiki]
- The Monkey Hut in Exile in Portland, Oregon [Critiki]