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KAHIKI Columbus, ohio tiki bar restaurant. Bill Sapp, the catalog
kq4ym
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Posted: 2010-08-28 06:34 am   Permalink

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On 2009-07-18 20:16, tikiskip wrote:
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.


I played the marimba with Marsh Padilla and guitarist Leroy Plymale at the Kahiki in 1968-1969. The marimba (pictured above with Jeff) Jeff bought from Marsh was owned by me back in 1968-1970 and I sold it to Marsh when I moved from Ohio to Florida. The marimba was to large to fit in the piano bar at the Kahiki so I had a normal sized marimba at the restaurant.

The Beachcomber Trio played from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and we got free dinners while working there. As I recall we played for 45 minutes and then had a 30 minute break. I was a student at OSU and later a teacher at New Albany High School while I played at the Kahiki at night. We were all Musician's Union members and so the job payed very well for 30 hours work a week, and was great fun too!

-Don Browne
LaBelle, Fl
http://swflorida.blogspot.com

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-08-28 06:50 am   Permalink

Welcome Don!!!
So glad you made it here!
And thank you for the info.
Feel free to tell any other stories you may have.
How did you get the marimba?
And do you know what happened to the name plate from it?
Did you get to meet any famous people while you were there?

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-10-11 09:17 am   Permalink

Just saw this the other day when surfing the web.
http://www.kahiki.com/about-us/supper-club.aspx#

As you can see it says,
"This video was recorded in 1999 and describes the Kahiki Restaurant and the roots of today’s Kahiki Foods, Inc. The segment includes a narrative by founder Michael Tsao"


Michael Tsao is NOT the founder of the Kahiki.
Bill Sapp and Lee Henry were the founders of the Kahiki.

Michael Tsao made eggs rolls and tore down the Kahiki.
Dose that statement piss any one else off here?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-10-11 11:57 am   Permalink

I doubt it (that it would piss anyone of), Skip.

Though that is true, it has to be noted that Tsao also helped the place to exist way past the period of Tiki devolution. It was most unfortunate that he had to pull the plug at the time he did, but when you have toiled in the restaurant industry all your life, and business is dragging, and someone comes along and offers you a million bucks to chash out... what would the Jab do?

Refuse!, of course, and so would you and I. But we are crazy idealists, of which the world is not made of, sadly.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-10-31 08:47 am   Permalink

"Refuse!, of course, and so would you and I. But we are crazy idealists, of which the world is not made of, sadly"

I hate to say I think I too would have taken the money.
But since they got to keep the tiki stuff, I would have made a much smaller tiki bar after.

This is kind of a hot issue with me, as when I sold my restaurant, the one my parents started long ago.
The guy who bought it acts like me and my family had notthing to do with the place.
When I took over I started making it look like a real 40s/50s diner.
http://www.jacksdowntowndiner.com/
It was my bigest "art" project ever.
Now articles come out and say it looks just like it did when it opened.
Well it was ugly when it opened, It was not till I poured my heart, soul and money into it that it looked cool.
When you create somthing you think wow I did that, Ya can't take that away.
I know he bought it, it's his, and I don't expect him to toot my horn now.
But to lie and take credit for your creation, That's low.
Plus they buy the cheapest well everything, The waitress that used to work for me told
me she does not eat the hamburgers there anymore.
That was our bigest seller!
If someone put their name on your book of tiki you would not be pissed?
Lastly I would say that Mitch Boyce kept the Kahiki gonig for some of those bad years.
Two folks who worked at the Kahiki at that time stated that a person ran the Kahiki into the ground
so that Mitch would want out as fast as he could get out.
That is second hand, so who knows if it's fact I must add.

Bill Sapp and Lee Henry Created the Kahiki and that is fact.
Mr Tsao liked Day glo paint and made egg rolls.




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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-10-31 09:15 am   Permalink

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On 2010-10-31 08:47, tikiskip wrote:
Bill Sapp and Lee Henry Created the Kahiki and that is fact.
Mr Tsao liked Day glo paint and made egg rolls.



Haha, that's harsh. You can be sure that I hate the late Kahiki paint jobs, too. All I am saying is that despite Tsao not having the artistic eye of its founders, he had the business talents to keep this important Tiki temple alive way past the destructive period of Tiki Devolution, unlike many other Tiki havens during that time. And that, unfortunately, the amount of heart blood poured into the authenticity of a restaurant does not necessarily guarantee its survival. There sadly are many examples of well designed Tiki Revival places that are no more. I understand your view on an emotional level, but objectively the man's business sense helped the place to last so it could be appreciated (and photographed by me). Alas, the same business sense made him sell it to Walgreens, too.

P.S.: And Skip, please believe me, I do not mean to come across as the big defender of Mr. Tsao (may he R.I.P.), I have nothing invested in that, but the line "This video was recorded in 1999 and describes the Kahiki Restaurant and the roots of today’s Kahiki Foods, Inc. The segment includes a narrative by founder Michael Tsao" can very well be interpreted as Tsao merely being called the founder of Kahiki Foods Inc, which he was.

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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2010-11-01 09:25 am   Permalink

[quote]
On 2010-10-31 09:15, bigbrotiki wrote:
Quote:

the line "This video was recorded in 1999 and describes the Kahiki Restaurant and the roots of today’s Kahiki Foods, Inc. The segment includes a narrative by founder Michael Tsao" can very well be interpreted as Tsao merely being called the founder of Kahiki Foods Inc, which he was.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2010-11-01 07:35 ]



That's the way I took it too Bigbro. Michael Tsao was the founder of Kahiki Foods even though it was said in a roundabout way. I think skip just needed to vent!


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-11-02 2:08 pm   Permalink

I see your point Bigbro.
And Jeff you know I love to vent.

But... If you click on mr Tsaos photo on that site
what pops up next is "Kahiki founder under his photo"

The Tsaos do donate to local tiki events and have made friends of most of the tiki
peeps here.
I'm the only hold out.
Kinding I don't hate em, I just really respect Bill Sapp and Lee Henry.
And want to keep alive the fact that they, with others created the Kahiki.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-11-02 2:17 pm   Permalink

Letter from blog site.


I just had to let you know my story: As a little girl my Uncle Jerry lived in Columbus, OH. We went to visit for a weekend and he took us to the most amazing place for dinner. It was called the Kahiki…………….I just have to tell you it is one of the most memorable events of my life. That may sound a bit exaggerated, but it truly is not. My family rarely went out for dinner so it was a treat just to go to a nice place, but as a young girl, I remember trying to take in every little detail of the restaurant and my experience there. I remember walking up to the restaurant and looking way up to the top and the Tahitian decorations and fire torches outside with all the beautiful foliage. Inside I recall it was a bit dark and I remember the fish aquariums and the cool decanters for the drinks. The girls were beautiful and dressed like I would imagine Hawaii with the wrapped skirts and orchid designs. It was extra special to me because my Aunt and Uncle lived in Hawaii as my Uncle was stationed there for the Navy then. I knew she loved it and I always dreamed of going there and I felt very close to it being at the Kahiki! I got the privilege of sitting in the queen wicker chair, which made me feel like a queen myself.
Tim, I have never forgotten this place and always wanted to go back. When we were in Florida a couple years ago I saw a tourist brochure for a restaurant called the “Mai Kai” – I thought this was related to the Kahiki and I wanted to go. Unfortunately we couldn’t get reservations until very late and the drive was too far for us at that time so we didn’t end up going. A girlfriend at work recently went to Columbus for a gold tournament and I instantly remembered the Kahiki was there. I decided to look it up on the internet and was so very disappointed to see it had been torn down. I am so sad – it was such a fantastic place and I’m sure there are many others who feel the same. I was actually considering taking a weekend trip just to go back to the restaurant. Unfortunately, I never made it. I was trying to find another Kahiki, but didn’t find one. So, I guess I’ll have my girlhood memories of this most wonderful experience.

Maybe you are part of the family that started this wonderful place – you must be blessed – I hope you are! So, this is the next best thing and the reason why I joined the online recipe group. Thank you for sending the information and all the best to you and your family -
Cheri from Missouri


 
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Posted: 2010-11-02 3:46 pm   Permalink

That's lovely, and I think you, Skip, are the Kahiki founders' son they never had! Unfortunately, nowadays (as ever?), most children are so bent on finding their own path (a healthy instinct) that they do not care much for their parents' achievements (or at least take them for granted) and do not perpetuate their memory. A lesson we can learn from our South Sea neighbors is their tradition of ancestor worship. Respect your elders and tell their tales.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-11-02 4:24 pm   Permalink

Ha! Ha! True.
Maybe one day I will be on diner central, and make lights for diners.


 
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Posted: 2010-12-10 06:57 am   Permalink

More photos of jeff and the marimba please. Mr. Ho wants to get some of his old college repertoire out and see how it sounds on a tiki-flavored axe like jeff's!

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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2010-12-10 07:22 am   Permalink

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On 2010-12-10 06:57, Mr. Ho wrote:
More photos of jeff and the marimba please. Mr. Ho wants to get some of his old college repertoire out and see how it sounds on a tiki-flavored axe like jeff's!

Mr. Ho




I'll take some more pics this weekend!


 
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Posted: 2011-01-01 3:01 pm   Permalink

After reading through all 21 pages on this thread, which I found informative and entertaining (the reason I come here) it appears the images I am going to post have not been posted here yet? These were slides I purchased at the same time I purchased the menus I recently posted. Again, I feel very fortunate to have these and wanted to share them here. I finally had the time to go and buy a slide converter and figure out how to use it today, so here are the images from the slides marked "Kahiki, October 1963"...





























Pretty cool thread!

Later,

PTD




 
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Posted: 2011-01-01 5:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks PTD,very cool pictures!

 
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