I have always loved tiki idols. They come in so many variations, shapes, heights, and expressions. Without a doubt, my favorites in all the world are the famous Moai of Rapa Nui, a.k.a Easter Island. They are some of the most iconic in the world – people who aren’t tiki-philes often know what they are and where they are from. It was this love of Moai that brought me my very first custom tiki idol.
My boyfriend Todd went to visit his father in Syracuse, NY for a week last August, and decided that he wanted to collaborate with his dad, who is a woodcarver, to create a one-of-a-kind tiki idol for me. Needless to say, I was crazy excited, and asked him if they would create a Moai for me.
As the week went by, I started receiving pictures of the progress. It started with a fairly crude drawing on the wooden log, and slowly began to take shape. I noticed right away that rather than the serene and stoic facial expression that Moai usually have, this one sported an enormous grin. This was the “personal” twist that Todd and his dad decided to give the carving. I thought it was funny, but wasn’t sure how it was all going to turn out. Check out the pictures below – you will see it through its various stages.
When Todd returned home, he didn’t bring the Moai with him, because it still needed to be stained and finished, which his dad was going to do before sending it to us. When it finally arrived, I was both amazed, and incredibly amused. The Moai was very well done, and it was touching that it was something he got to do with his father. The happy expression on the Moai’s face was the complete antithesis to what I was used to, but I liked it. Todd and his dad are funny, happy people, so it was appropriate that their creation followed suit.
And now, here comes the fun part. Todd and I have a little budding home tiki bar (about as tiki as we can get, given our terrible lack of space and resources), and we haven’t yet been able to name it. A couple of days ago, as I was putting a Santa hat on my Moai, a name finally came to mind – The Merry Moai. It just seemed to fit, given that the carving is the centerpiece of our little place. However, I would love it if my friends in the tiki community could help me decide if I should stick with this name, OR, give me some new suggestions.
What do you all think? Comment below, or go to my post on my Facebook page, and comment there!