May the Tiki gods smile on Chris Jepsen tonight when he takes the stage at Don the Beachcomber (formerly Sam's Seafood) amid waterfalls and carved island statues.
After all, it's like a dream come true for the Huntington Beach native, whose passion for Polynesian pop culture runs as thick as fresh lava flowing down the side of an island volcano.
Jepsen is vice president of the Orange County Historical Society and assistant archivist at the Orange County Archives, as well as a member of the city of Huntington Beach's Historic Resources Board.
For 15 years, he has been studying mid-century commercial architecture and design and "Polynesian Pop," as he calls it.
Tonight's presentation, being done in conjunction with the historical society, is the first time Jepsen has done a full-on public presentation on the history of local Tiki culture and influence, so it seems appropriate that the event is taking place in such a vaunted Tiki landmark.