Polynesian Hotel logo origin clues

How Bowers, author of the Tiki Talk blog, takes a look at the origin of the Polynesian Hotel logo at Walt Disney World.

When placed side-by-side with the resort’s logo, it’s easy to see how
the designer took the overall shape and pose from the carving’s
character but made him “friendlier,” which maybe not so coincidentally
seems to be Disney’s overriding ethic from their film plots to their
theme park architecture: take the original source material and make it
more accessible and enjoyable to the public.

The Poly is one of my favorite resorts to walk-around. Always something great to look at. Now I’ll have some fresh eyes when it comes to the logo. (Link)