Born Ernest Raymond Gantt in Limestone, Texas, Don the Beachcomber invented the tiki bar and eventually changed his legal name to Donn Beach. He is famous for the faux polynesian decor of his bars and delicious rum-based cocktails such as the Mai-Tai and the Zombie (although Trader Vic claims he invented the Mai-Tai).
I am starting a Tiki Wiki project to include the profiles of famous personae of Tiki Culture and Tiki Music (exotica). I have already made an amazing discovery, that Les Baxter and Ernest Gannt were both born in Limestone County, Texas. Les Baxter was one of the founders of exotica music along with Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Les was born in Mexia, Texas and Ernest graduated from Mexia H.S. (class of 1927). Anna Nicole Smith was also raised in Mexia, and her son Daniel was born there. But that is neither here nor there.
Tiki Wiki profiles already created include in addition, Yma Sumac and Martin Denny. Working on Arthur Lyman, Robert Drasnin, and Esquivel. Feel free to add your own favorite Tiki personality.