Chances are if youre sipping a mai tai from a wooden tiki cup while watching sexy hula dancers entertain, youre not pondering the impoverished Pacific Island cultures from which this kitsch charade was exploited. But that is just what artists Iosefatu Sua and Darvin Vita hope to illuminate with their new show at downtowns BLVD Gallery. By marrying the shameful imagery from Americas past (there are three Ks in TiKKKi for a reason) with a Polynesian aesthetic, the artists of Samoan and Filipino heritage, respectively, hope to challenge the disparity between reality and Tiki culture, as reads their show statement. Though much of the imagery refers to the white-hooded supremacists of the Klan, Sua points out that, technically, the show is not about the KKK, its referring back to the outdated American past, just as the tiki décor at a luau is an outdated and condescending nod to island culture. Though Sua isnt necessarily offended by Americas embracement of tiki as a party theme, he referenced a magazine picture in which a tiki was offering Spam on its penis to a hula girla complete removal and disrespect of its religious iconography. Sua flips the script with pieces like an Islander wearing a necklace of thorny-crowned Jesus heads, and another holding a skull cup garnished not with decorative umbrellas but with the three crosses at Calvary. Not bad for the son of a Samoan Pentecostal preacher. What was that like growing up? No music, unless it was Christian-based music. No TV, unless it was Christian TV. Its kind of like Footloose, Sua laughs. And its good to keep it light-hearted, because youll need your sense of humor when you see the designs of Imperial Wizard hoods made from coral and mollusks.