GLOSSARY & TERMS
Cocktail: An alcoholic drink containing several ingredients.
Easter Island: Territory of the country of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and one of the most remote inhabited islands of the world. It is most famous for the Maoi which are very large stone carving which still remain unexplained due to their enormous size.
Escapism: A way to remove oneself from modern society and all its problems.
Exotica: A genre of music which simulated and imitated the sounds of exotic island music. This would include artists such as Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Xavier Cugat.
Hula: A Polynesian form of dance which generally has a woman in a bikini with a sarong shaking her hips, slow, or fast, depending on the music.
Kon Tiki: 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands. Led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl, the raft was named Kon–Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha.
Luau: A festive party including a full feast of food and cocktails.
Polynesia: Poly means many, and Polynesia refers to the many scattered islands across the South Pacific. Anything Polynesian refers to the culture of those islands which is quite vast.
Polynesian Pop: This refers to the American and Western interpretation of what Polynesian Culture is. In general when people speak of Polynesian Pop they are referring to Mid Century American interpretation of the Polynesian Culture.
Rum: An alcoholic spirit distilled from sugar, molasses or sugar can and aged in a barrel. Also known as rhum or ron.
Tiki: While there are many meanings, it originated as a wooden or stone carving in human form. In Maori mythology the first man was carved, he felt alone then another was created in the form of a woman (much like the Biblical account of Adam & Eve). In modern culture tiki is anything made from bamboo or refers to tropical decor.