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KAHIKI Columbus, ohio tiki bar restaurant. Bill Sapp, the catalog
umeone
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Posted: 2009-05-26 8:03 pm   Permalink

The building in question was used to house all the controls for the outside lights. The tikis in question were built on sight by Phil Kienz.

The next question was about the Piano Room bar top which was a map of tropical islands, which we believe was created by Coburn Morgan who also did Lee Henry's desktop. The acrylic tops were made by a company called Dangel Creations from New Rome, OH.

Also, the torches of the Large Moais located at the front doors were turned off during the 70's energy crisis from an order from the City of Columbus. We had to install propane gas lines at that time to relight the Moais.

Great questions everyone!

Umeone

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2009-05-30 3:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks Umeone!
I love hearing the old lore of these places.

And Bluebay 112 I too would like to see a catalog of
all of the tiki spots.

There is Critiki it has a great collection of pictures
of well almost everything.

I think I myself put 80? Kahiki photos on the Critiki page for
Kahiki.
http://www.critiki.com/cgi-bin/pictures.cgi?loc_id=33#/images/locations/33/1349_large.JPG

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2009-06-21 2:16 pm   Permalink

Ok here is a bar that wentiki and I got.
Well she found it.
When we went to get it we found out that the guy who owned it
was one of the first bartenders at the Kahiki!
And this was the same line of furiture that the Kahiki used in
the restaurant. Plus it's all MINT!
His house is filled with it! Couches, chairs, Ect....
He liked the Kahiki furniture so well he went and got the same
stuff for his whole house.
Look at the first two chairs in the photos.
The one on the left I got at the Kahiki sale, The right one came from his house.







 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2009-06-21 2:28 pm   Permalink

Here is some booze he had at his bar.
His wife was so nice!
I told her I loved a few of the bottles
and she said she would sell them to me.
Their daughter did not like that idea.
So his wife waited till she went upstairs
and told me to just give her a buck for each.
I gave her ten.
Felt bad taking this guys bar out of his house.
Kinda like the end o' the party.






 
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wentiki
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Posted: 2009-06-21 6:00 pm   Permalink

That was a great find, and a great day. His wife told us the BEST stories about those early years. So wild! She kept bringing out stuff and photos to show us. We thought we would just pick the bar up and leave, but we were there for hours!

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2009-06-23 03:24 am   Permalink



Nice haul John and Wendy. Those bottles are great!!

Any Lemon Hart left?

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2009-07-18 8:08 pm   Permalink

Jeff their WAS booze in the Lemon Hart bottle!
And we did drink it. It was not very good though.

Ok Jeff On to our next adventure.
Jeff calls me up and asks if I have a truck, He knows I do.
I told him that depends on what you want.
He told me that he needed to pick up some instruments from a guy who
played at the Kahiki in The Beachcomber trio.
What a great time!!! These are great people!!
Hey Jeff if you could fill in what I left out that would be nice.
Like one of the conga drums was some famous guys drum. Texas Pete?
No thats the hot sauce guy.

It's so odd that so many of the people and stories of the Kahiki
have kind of fell in Jeff, Wendy and my laps.

Thanks Jeff!





 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2009-07-18 8:16 pm   Permalink

A marimba and two conga drums.
Jeff now owns a MARIMBA!
Man the thing is so sweet!!!

The last picture is a bag from the gift shop I would guess.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2009-07-18 8:21 pm   Permalink

Here is Marsh and his wife Nina.



 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2009-07-19 1:43 pm   Permalink

Now I just need to stand on the right side of the marimba before I start playing it!!!

Thanks for posting those pictures John, and thanks for all your help loading and unloading!!

Marsh Padilla is an incredible guy. He played with his Beachcomber Trio at the Kahiki restaurant from 1961 until 1978. The drum he is playing above came from Cuban Pete. A very famous Mambo dancer who recently passed away in January.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Tiki Joe
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Posted: 2009-07-19 1:50 pm   Permalink

That's funny, Jeff.
You are playing the wrong side.
Think of it as a piano.
The sets of 2 and 3 keys are the black ones.


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2009-07-19 7:01 pm   Permalink

Cool, thanks for the tip Joe.

Here's an early picture of the Beachcomber Trio at the Kahiki.



Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Turbogod
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Posted: 2009-07-20 11:04 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-19 13:50, Tiki Joe wrote:
That's funny, Jeff.
You are playing the wrong side.
Think of it as a piano.
The sets of 2 and 3 keys are the black ones.



Jeff is the Jimi Hendrix of the marimba.


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2009-07-20 11:44 am   Permalink



I will definitely keep the lighter fluid at bay!!!



Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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wentiki
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Posted: 2009-07-20 11:56 am   Permalink

Jeff, those instruments are amazing, and they couldn't have found a better home. Awesome slice of nostalgia, just imagine the many ears they have wooed!

 
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