The restaurant and bar was from Charleston restaurateur Karalee Fallert, who is also behind Taco Boy, The Park Cafe, and The Royal American, and her business partner April Bennett.
Executive Chef Jason DuPree created a menu that offered slow-cooked meats accompanied by sides including rice, macaroni salad, greens, and starchy root vegetables.
Dishes included the grilled kona kampachi, a variety of poke bowls, a pu-pu platter, Southern-fried coconut shrimp, and Spam sliders.
Wiki Wiki Sandbar resided in a 6,500-square foot space that incorporated local artists’ work that embodied the facets of tiki culture.
The four dining rooms had different themes including: the Octopus Bar featuring the work of Jeff Kopish; the Sunset Room featuring a sunset mural by Suzanne Allen; the Wave Room featuring a massive sculpture made of Japanese glass floats by KHA; and a traditional tiki bar that resided on the top floor with views of the Atlantic Ocean and dioramas by artist Hirona Matsuda.
Fallert recruited her partner from the Park Cafe, Xan McLaughlin, to develop the cocktail program with help from national rum connoisseur Daniel Parks of San Francisco’s Pagan Idol.
Long-time Charleston resident Roderick Groetzinger added his touch as bar manager.
In September of 2020 Wiki Wiki Sandbar announced they were swapping locations with the Folly Beach Taco Boy and re-opened at that new address -- 15 Center Street in November of that year. This was short-lived, however.
The bar closed on December 31st, 2022. In its place at 15 Center Street, they opened Bounty Bar which has a ceiling covered in fish floats but whose decor skews pirate/nautical as opposed to traditional Pop Polynesian/Tiki.