Tiki in origin was an old Polynesian god who was in local island lore for many years. When Hawai’i was inducted as a state of the US, Tiki came to fame in America. Tiki was quickly adopted as a slightly camp addition to already established island cliche’s. Tiki has remained associated with that era and region until this day. Tiki Bob is a special case; it was developed as a line of mugs from famous tiki bar Trader Vic’s in the USA.
To me Tiki always resembled individualism and freedom. Compared to other religions Tiki is a deity that has no direct interest in punishment like most. Every island in the region has it’s own spins and twists on it and I can also mention the millions of different versions that came to pass over the years since.