Depending on which local legend you go with, Hulaville creator Miles Mahan was either a former carny or a Vaudeville performer who bought some land along US-66 in Hesperia and began collecting and creating things as a tribute to either a woman he fell in love with or to former vagabond friends. Miles lived in an old trailer on the site for forty years without running water or power – existing only on what he picked up out of the desert and on the books of poetry he sold to whoever came by. Mahan died in 1996 at the age of 100.
I swung by Hulaville while exploring the aftermath of the Landers earthquake in 1992. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet Mahan, but I’m glad that his creations were preserved.
Mahan was interviewed for NPR back in 1993. The audio is still online.