Couchsurfing at Don Ho’s

“I could not take my eyes off that image.”

The drawing of a young boy and his dog staring up at a taboo tiki on a remote island in the South Pacific was one of many beautiful illustrations from Armstrong Sperry’s 1940 book, Call it Courage. Michael was around the same age as that young boy when he was captivated by the image. The early moment would generate a life-long fascination with tikis, travels, and tales of the South Seas – later mixed with a generous shot of experimental punk.

Read the rest of the story in Polynesiacs: Tiki at Home, page 74.

Hale Kahiki, Los Angeles, California

The Armstrong Sperry illustration from Call it Courage that fascinated Michael.

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