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KAHIKI Columbus, ohio tiki bar restaurant. Lee Henry, The catalog
MARGOGRAM
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Joined: Dec 06, 2014
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Posted: 2014-12-06 1:38 pm   Permalink

Hello, I was hoping you could help my husband and me determine how we should best market our 11 pieces of Hitiki/Kahiki items. We are from Columbus, Ohio and about 20 years ago we were looking at a car that a guy had for sale. He had JUST put a bunch of stuff out by his garbage can. My husband looked at it and determined they were a bunch of Tiki gods and some other odds and ends. He asked the guy if he was throwing them out and he said yes and that we could have anything we wanted. He said the Tiki gods were prototypes for items that were sold at the Kahiki here in Columbus. We brought them home and put them in our garage and that is where they have sat for these past 20 years. We sell on eBay and today we brought them in to start our research. The pieces are marked Hitiki and of course we were able to find out that they were made by Jack Hite and that he was a commercial artist that was hired by the Kahiki to create items for use at the supper club. We have a total of 11 pieces. I was wondering if you could tell us how rare these are and if we should sell them on eBay or if there might be some national auction for vintage Polynesian supper club items. Any information you can give would be most appreciated. Many thanks for your time.

 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-12-06 2:37 pm   Permalink

It will help if you can post photos. I'm sure we would all like to see the pieces.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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Jeff Central
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2014-12-11 11:50 am   Permalink

eBay would be your best bet for getting these items to the most people!

Yes, pictures would really help in determining rarity plus this is the Kahiki Catalog thread!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-12-11 12:01 pm   Permalink

I concur with Jeff. The market for Tiki is still relatively limited, and it certainly has not reached auction house levels. However, there are a few passionate collectors who would pay well for these items. They will find you on e-bay …especially if you post the auction info here.

 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2014-12-11 1:06 pm   Permalink

I sent this PM....

Do you still have these items?
If so I don't know if you can send photos or not.
I could come and see them as well I live in Columbus Ohio.
Let me know and good luck.
John

About one week ago, and it has not been opened.
When I first saw this I thought it a hoax.

I get a few hoax pms now and then and have found that many times
when it's a new poster that just signed up it often is false.

This kind of thing brings joy to small people who have lots of time on their hands.
Would be nice if TC could weed out or have a way to block or catch these false
sign ups.

Beside the fact that the new mugs lots of times sell for more than that first gen Kahiki Hoffman crap
from 1962.

The Lunatics Have surely Taken Over The Asylum!

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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-12-11 2:11 pm   Permalink

Tikiskip,

Hopefully the person will check back on the PM and you get to see the pieces. In the mean time, here is a little nugget to help with your Kahiki fix:

A Kahiki Clam-shell Ashtray.



Tada.

DC


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-12-11 3:24 pm   Permalink

NICE!
Never seen that before.
On one hand it looks like the really old.
But then it looks kinda like the newer stuff as well.
Odd.

The "kahiki" in this ash tray has that same style writing of old.
But the early stuff had like one glaze or two, brown and teal in the center of mugs.

I'm finding old Kahiki first gen stuff more and more now in the wild.
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umeone
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Posted: 2014-12-11 7:14 pm   Permalink

The ashtray Dc posted is from time period of Michael Tsao ownership.

 
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Jeff Central
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 1677
From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2014-12-12 07:53 am   Permalink

Thanks for the info on that ashtray, I've never seen that one before.

The person with the Hi Tiki items may be bringing it to the record convention this weekend to get my advice on them. I will have a table set up this weekend in Columbus if anyone wants to stop by. I'll have Kahiki books too!

Hopefully, I can take a few pictures and document what they have before they sell them. Heard they are prototypes and they are signed as well.

I will report back!





 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-12-12 08:08 am   Permalink

"I can take a few pictures and document what they have before they sell them"

Why don't you just show them to us after you buy them?


 
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Jeff Central
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2014-12-12 1:15 pm   Permalink

I wish!!! The thought did cross my mind though!


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-12-12 1:55 pm   Permalink

Well good luck.
How did you get ahold of MARGOGRAM Jeff?


 
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Tumatauenga
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Posted: 2014-12-13 7:32 pm   Permalink

I recently purchased this HiTiki Cannibal piece. Anyone know If the Cannibal tikis were sold at Kahiki?










 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2014-12-13 9:58 pm   Permalink

Wow. There needs to be a Hitiki thread. Is there one? Love all this Kahiki stuff popping up!!

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2014-12-14 12:54 pm   Permalink

Have NO idea if these were ever sold inside the Beachcomber Gift Shop but damn, that is one awesome Hi Tiki Cannibal!!!!!

Nice find!!



 
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