Join us for a lighthearted romp with Diane Kane, PhD through the immediate post-war period to explore how the allure of the South Seas became synonymous with San Diego. In transforming desert scrub into a palm laden paradise, "America's Finest City" became a mainland vacation alternative to Hawaii. Discover how tourism and suburbanization exploited the indigenous architecture of Polynesia to create the Tiki style.
Diana Kane, PhD is a retired Senior Planner from the City of San Diego, where she handles largescale historic surveys as part of the long-range planning process. She has taught architectural history and planning at UCSD, SDSU, the Newschool of Architecture, UCLA, and Cal-Poly. She enjoys traveling and has visited all 50 states and over 100 countries with her husband John.