Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

Southern California experienced a craze for “Tiki Culture” or “Polynesian Pop” in the 1950s and 1960s. During World War II, American soldiers had been exposed to Pacific Island culture and Hawaii had entered the Union in 1959, sparking an interest in all-things Polynesian. Restaurants, hotels, and theme parks sprang up in homage to island culture. In tribute to this craze, FJC students (starting in 1948) enjoyed an annual Beachcombers Ball, the finale of Blue and Gold Week activities. The Beachcombers Ball was held in the Girls Gymnasium, which was decked out in palm trees, fish nets, and bamboo. In this 1955 shot, male students wear grass hats, palm leaves, and chopped levis while a band plays Hawaiian steel guitar music.
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