Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Images of the exotic South Pacific found special appeal among Wetsren tourists that travel mementos frequently included matching souvenirs such as these, showing a Hawaiian man and his lei-holding wahine. Mass produced and cheaply priced, these kitschy figurines graced many American homes, to help fantasies of a dream vacation in the Far East--where grass skirted maiden danced and swayed like coconut trees and ukulele-toting muscled natives lazed around their little brown shacks in Kealekekua, Hawaii...

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