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the lost chapter: Hop Louie and the Stockton Islander (image heavy)
Hop Louie II
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Joined: May 04, 2013
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Posted: 2013-05-13 12:22 pm   Permalink

Thanks Abstractiki, bigbrotiki, Atomic Tiki Punk, Hale Tiki and the other Tiki Central members for the warm welcome !! Aloha !!

 
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abstractiki
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Posted: 2013-06-16 07:59 am   Permalink

Back in 2010 Valerie Lee Acoba,(Tommy Lee's oldest Daughter) sent me a photo of her family in front of the Islander. Recently I was able to visit her home to view and photograph her collection of family mementos from the Islander.

She wanted to share this history with the folks at TC.



Valerie with her husband and daughter out side the Islander. Mid 70's


Valerie and her daughter inside the front door.


Valerie and family in Tommy Lee's Office.


Framed photograph of Tommy Lee's Mercedes Benz out side the Islander. Note the sign, On Stage Randy Sparks and the Back Porch Majority.


Cool pencil artwork of Tommy Lee's Benz in front of the Islander. Valerie didn't know who created it. The painting is signed V.G.C. 72


She had a bunch of these platters.


Ashtrays


Business Card


Wooden Nickels


Match books including one I have never seen before saying just Thomas Lee on it.


Salt and Pepper Shakers


Cool Mugs




























Thanks Val for sharing with us!


Happy Hunting!
Abstractiki






 
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Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2013-06-16 12:20 pm   Permalink

You are always bringing us great info and updates...many thanks abstractiki for the tireless research. OGR

 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2013-06-16 12:39 pm   Permalink

Mahalo to you and Valerie for sharing this, abstractiki!

-Tom


 
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The Blue Kahuna
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From: Points East & West
Posted: 2013-06-16 1:36 pm   Permalink

Excellent, thanks for the photos and for sharing! I was only at the Islander twice . . . wish I remembered more!

[ This Message was edited by: The Blue Kahuna 2013-06-16 13:36 ]


 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2013-06-16 1:52 pm   Permalink

Wowzers!!! Abstraciki does it again!!!

Those family photos are great! I actually know Val... she taught dance at my high school! I totally recognize her daughter, too!

The platters are cool! I wonder how many other pieces of dinnerware were created for the restaurant?

I think you mentioned it before, but how did you come to make Val's acquaintance?

Mahalos again!


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tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2013-06-16 3:11 pm   Permalink

i am doing the happy dance in seeing those new (old) pictures that val was willing to share! i love it! thanks david!
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-06-17 06:07 am   Permalink

So very very cool. Thanks to you, and to Valerie for letting you photograph it.

 
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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2013-06-17 2:44 pm   Permalink

Mahalo ORG, Tiki Tom, Blue K, Tobunga, T Cleen, Hale T for you comments!

Tobunga I was contacted by her three years ago after she saw my posts on the Islander on Tiki Central. I have a few more things relating to Tommy Lee's life outside the Islander that I will post at a later date.

I really love that photo of the Benz outside the Islander and that Islander art is so 70s period cool.





 
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VampiressRN
  

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-06-17 9:59 pm   Permalink

Wow David, thanks for posting those...the front profile with the car is fabulous. Maybe someone can do a hut bowl some day...wink wink Wendy!!!
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-06-02 2:57 pm   Permalink

Time to bump this great post. I found a few more photos from the Stockton archives of the Islander.

Exterior photo



With the sign announcing the Ink Spots.


The Islander on the move ...


To Pollardville.


And, a photo of Tommy Lee in his office.



DC


 
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tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2014-06-02 3:46 pm   Permalink

Cool progression (or should I say eventual demise?) picture series DC!

I never noticed the words on the building during the moving picture. Anyone know what they say? Definitely not Latitude 20. I wonder what the short term reincarnation was...possibly during dick degrades ownership.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-06-02 4:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-06-02 15:46, tikicleen wrote:

I never noticed the words on the building during the moving picture. Anyone know what they say? Definitely not Latitude 20. I wonder what the short term reincarnation was...possibly during dick degrades ownership.




Looks like it says Cosmopolitan's something.



The move was also captured on film, maybe a local TV station?

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Phillip Roberts
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Joined: Sep 09, 2003
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From: OAHU/Seattle
Posted: 2014-06-04 11:23 am   Permalink

Cosmopolitan Room.

 
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tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2014-07-08 2:10 pm   Permalink

Check it out!

Today:


1968:


1965ish:


This was obtained by a guy who bought it off a worker during the "move" of the Islander building in the 80's. As previously discussed in this thread, the construction crew were allowed to take home the tikis is they wanted, otherwise they were tossed out. This particular one stood in front of the latitude 20, one of two that greeted you in the walkway. The twin tiki was split badly by the time the 80's rolled around, so it probably met its demise then. No word on the cool Barney West moai.... *sigh*

Any thoughts as to if this was OA? Here are more close-ups.







Man, I love the islander.
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