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The Kona Luanii, Denver, CO
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2009-12-30 5:54 pm   Permalink

Very nice home bar. GROG like.

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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5323
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2009-12-31 08:14 am   Permalink

Excellent! I love the "clutter." That's the next "phase" for the Hideaway.

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Beach Bum Scott
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Joined: Oct 28, 2008
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From: The Ranch in CO
Posted: 2010-01-09 08:28 am   Permalink

The pictures don't do this Tiki Room justice... What an inspiration...
This place needs to be featured in Tiki Magazine!!!!

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Joined: Feb 23, 2010
Posts: 79
From: Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2010-03-08 07:00 am   Permalink

Zulu- what a space! Sometimes, I think I'm better off not looking at others' bars especially when they look like this! Lots of great ideas and very cool effects, so thanks for sharing. You put a lot of work (and probably $$) into this lounge and it shows.

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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 3006
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2010-03-25 2:31 pm   Permalink


On 2009-10-10 22:03, ZuluMagoo wrote:
Thanks for the comments TorchGuy. I was leaning away from the silk fire flames myself, trying to come up with something a little different.

...and you have lava. The flickering bulbs in the larger bubbles really bring the whole thing to life. It really looks like smoldering lava.

That looks really good! What if you did the same thing around the outside of a large Coffee Can, and then mount that behind the Mouth with a small, quiet DC motor to make it slowly rotate? Hopefully it'd look like slowly running Lava; kind of like the lava effect in the "Primeval World" Dinosaur Diorama at Disneyland.
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S

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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
Posts: 242
From: Renton, WA
Posted: 2010-03-25 9:37 pm   Permalink

Were you to do as described above, you'd need a way to get power to the lights that rotate on the drum. Weird custom homebrew lighting effects are my bag - one of 'em, anyway. If you ever try this, here's my idea: Start with a coffee can or other cylinder, and build your motor using an old rotisserie motor and spit shaft. Should be easy to grab one off eBay or at a thrift store. On each end of the drum, cover the surface with something nonconductive. A coffee can lid works. Need this on both ends. Now, run one of the two power wires down onto each end, glue in place, and get yourself a wide metal ring. Glue the ring to the end cover, and attach the each wire to the rings. For the power itself, split the power cord and, at each end of the drum, affix the wire to some sort of solidly-attached terminal on the support base, add a strip of springy metal, and bend these until they rest firmly against the metal rings. This keeps current flowing to the onboard lights as the drum revolves.

Given the chance, I'd love to try to build this unit. Sounds fun.

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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-03-29 7:26 pm   Permalink

This is one of the greatest home bars ever!

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Joined: Sep 05, 2005
Posts: 686
From: Australia
Posted: 2012-05-31 05:02 am   Permalink

Can't believe I missed this thread until now. Unbelievable home bar! So much creativity, thanks for the how-tos. Any progress on the tiki bowling area? And did you ever post a vid of that lava?

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moki and duke
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Joined: Jun 07, 2011
Posts: 23
From: New Mexico
Posted: 2012-06-05 11:32 pm   Permalink

Wow! VERY inspiring! Definitely need to bump this one to the top of the thread once in a while

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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1339
From: Calgary
Posted: 2013-05-07 8:47 pm   Permalink

Deserves a bump.

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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1799
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-05-09 03:51 am   Permalink

Well goddamn.

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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2485
From: SoMass
Posted: 2013-05-09 10:38 am   Permalink

Fabulous bar, too bad Zulu seems to have disappeared.

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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
Posts: 332
From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2013-05-09 10:52 am   Permalink

Very nice! Wish I had the room for a booth!

Me likey

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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1636
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-05-09 11:09 am   Permalink

Wow! I love the lava and I love the 'found object' aspect of the lounge. It reminds me of Trader Sam's.

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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 485
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2014-08-18 3:30 pm   Permalink

As life would have it, the Kona Luanii....is no more.

After a divorce a year and a half ago, I packed everything up into boxes and put into storage. My ex still lives in the house and all the wall treatments are there, just no more tiki bar.

Version 2.0 will live again and I have so many new ideas. Dammit, I'm starting all over again from scratch.

I know my next bar will have a lot of the lava element, I was very inspired by the lava wall that Slacks Ferret built in his place and will do something similar.

I'll post pictures when the new build starts.


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