Aloha Spirit

Hawaii’s Influence on the California Lifestyle

August 19, 2011 – Sept 30, 2012



The Magic of the Hawaiian Islands has captivated the hearts and imaginations of visitors for over 200 years. The infectious Aloha Spirit is the penchant that Islanders have for inviting the outdoors in and the indoors out; it is something they take home with them, not only as memories, but in tangible reminders of their trips: a shirt, a carved perfume bottle, a figurine. These mementos hold cherished spots in their homes, but for those who are truly smitten, they have become the centerpieces of a complete design motif around the Hawaiian experience.


Aloha Spirit explores the many artifacts, objects and designs that have decorated the rooms of mainland homes. It captures the casual elegance that has charmed visitors to the Islands and reveals why these unique styles have found their way into the repertoire of many designers and homeowners who have yet to step foot in the pacific paradise.


Decorated in rattan, rich fabrics and Hawaiian ceramics, the enchantment of the Aloha Spirit begins as you enter the museum. Tiki mugs, Tepco palm print dinnerware, hula lamps and vintage bar paraphernalia boldly compliment and enhance the natural beauty of high-gloss rattan furniture. Assembled from the world’s leading Hawaiiana collectors and enthusiasts—including Tropical Sun Rattan, Aloha Spirit, Island Trading Company, Pamela Clinton Singleton and Michael Trotter—the exhibition uses the Heritage Museum’s downstairs period rooms to recreate a 1940s-50s Hawaiian-style living room and dining room. Guaranteed to captivate and delight visitors all ages and backgrounds, Aloha Spirit is not to be missed!


This exhibition was funded, in part, by Wells Fargo, Copyland, the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, The LLWW Foundation, The Fairfield County Foundation, The Victorian/Calamigos Ranch, Dawson Design, as well as generous corporate, foundation and private individual donations.




CALIFORNIA HERITAGE MUSEM • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday  • 2612 Main Street, Santa Monica CA 90405 • 310 (392-8537) •