The Tiki was another brainchild of Lake George legend, Charles R. Wood. Wood was an innovator, philanthropist, and all around fun guy. He opened Storytown USA (now Great Escape) a Disney-esque theme park in 1954; a full year before Walt himself opened Disneyland. Wood also beat Walt to the punch with his version of Polynesian paradise the The Tiki. Why mention Disney's Polynesian Resort when discussing the Tiki? Because they are the last two themed full service resorts with Polynesian dinner show still operational in the continental United States.
The Tahiti Lounge at The Tiki Motor Inn opened on July 15, 1965.
The original lobby area remains relatively unspoiled and is currently Paradise Island Lounge. The original gift shop is now the Garden Cafe.
This hotel was run by Howard Johnson for many years, but it hasn't been stripped of its character like so many others that have been bought by hotel chains. Connected to the Waikiki Supper Club, which has Polynesian dinner shows nightly during July & August.
The Tiki also hosts Ohana: Luau at the Lake each year, bringing tons of tikiphiles to enjoy a celebratory weekend comparable to other major regional tiki events like Tiki Oasis or Tiki Caliente in California, Tiki-Kon in Oregon, or the Hukilau in Florida.