("Foods of the Tiki Gods," Jan. 17) We in urban, concrete and high-stress L.A. need a retreat. The Pacific lifestyle is beautifully simplistic, natural and fun-filled. I still remember my father bringing home a miniature tropical umbrella as a gift to me when I was a child--it was fun. Given that my parents are natives of Hawaii, I know a lot of people from the Pacific Islands. In general, they are considerably happier, friendlier and more carefree than most Angelenos. More Polynesian hangouts would be good for the soul. The Tiki lifestyle is a recipe for a more wholesome, joyful life, which is difficult to cook up in materialistic L.A.