In Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, the Tiki masks have historically served many purposes crafted with a story behind the meaning of the mask. Traditionally, Tiki masks are wooden hand crafted masks initially created for the intent to protect people from evil spirits, increase fertility or as a deity’s avatar. According to legend, prior to the arrival of the missionaries in Hawaii – around 1820 – Hawaiians believed in many gods. The four main gods were Kane: God of sunlight, fresh water, and natural life; Ku: God of war and male generating power; Lono: God of peace, fertility, winds, rain and sports; and Kanaloa: God of the ocean.
The Tiki statues – “masks” – located behind the bar at Cellar 335, were hand honed by skilled carvers using Palm wood, Albesia wood and Monkeypod wood (also known as Acacia Koa wood). Delivered to us straight from Hawaii by Ilze, at We Be Tiki, the statues are right at home at Cellar 335. As you enter the restaurant from left to right you’ll see Kanaloa & Ku, The God of Luau, Kanaloa & Kane, and Ku. Come joins us at Cellar 335 on Tiki Tuesdays (or any day that we are open) to say “Aloha” to our masks, as well as the bar and service team! We hope you are delighted each time you visit, because we are delighted to have you! Mahalo!