Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Ahu TongEriki is the home tiki bar of Erik, created in October 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is spread across every room of his apartment. The name is inspired by Erik's admiration of the Moai; Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu platform on Rapa Nui, and it was a short spelling hop to Ahu TongEriki.
Erik is slowly collecting objects to fill his tikified space, with each room starting to have its own focus. The bedroom has palm-print walls lined with masks. The bathroom has a nautical theme. The living room walls are filling in with old tourist art, including a black velvet piece with hundreds of small bits of bamboo constructed into a fishing village scene. Small nooks are filled with tchotchkes and small framed photos of tiki locations. The vibe of the apartment is mid-century modern, with a goal to have the walls eventually filled in with bits of the South Pacific. Wood, bamboo and rattan furniture are being collected into the space where possible, and there is a growing collection of tropical plants. There are several citrus, sea-grape, cycad growing in pots. There are 14 species of palm trees between Erik's home and his office, it all started with a single palm he bought over a decade ago.