Sven Kirsten, the world's most celebrated Tiki archaeologist, brings together two recent retro trends of mid-century modernism and Tiki style in his latest book, Tiki Modern. Kirsten shows us how primitivism and modernism were two sides of the same coin in the 1950s and 60s. Royal Hawaiian Estates is featured in this book. Both books are available through Amazon and the publisher, TASCHEN.
I first met Sven Kirsten in 2002 during the Desert Polynesia, A Tiki Weekend in Palm Sprigs event. I was conducting tours of the Royal Hawaiian and he showed up with a group of enthusiastic Tiki fans. His personal knowledge of the property's history was impressive and instrumental in keeping the momentum going all day.
The vintage tribute journal, shown above, is part of a very limited collection, including the following:
These out-of-print tribute journals are available for a limited time only through the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. Do not miss an opportunity to own this collection.