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KAHIKI Columbus, ohio tiki bar restaurant. Lee Henry, The catalog
johnnyvelvet
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Posted: 2015-05-01 05:57 am   Permalink

Again, thanks to Tikiskip and all of the previous posters who excel in Urban Archeology. I never visited the Kahiki but the story is an epic that intrigues me. Now to buy the book...

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-05-02 6:34 pm   Permalink

Thanks Mr. Velvet.
TC is nothing without the many people who post info as they find it.

Have run into may types that don't want to add a photo of a Kahiki item because
they are going to write a book and want to save the photo of said item for the
book.(I've met five people who "are going to do a book one day", One has come out)

Then there is the I don't want people to know what this item is so I can hopefully find
it as they pass it up.

Also the I'm just here to promote my own, Art, Event, Sale, and will add very little if
anything over the years.

All of these types do have one thing in common as they all benefit from others who do add to TC.
They benefit from people who do add to TC like...Sabu, Dustycajun, Monkeyman and Sven just to name a few.

The Kahiki had more diverse items than any other tiki bar out there at any time. IMHO
The first generation Kahiki had so many people making and adding their own tiki art to this place.
This along with the many professional types like Oceanic Arts, Courbn Morgan, Hoffman Pottery and
many more.
It is good to give credit to all who made these items and let their contribution's be known, put a face to the art work.

I had a restaurant and it was my greatest art installation I have ever done, the day after I
sold it my name was wiped form the history of that place, Hack my family helped wipe my name out.
So it's a soft spot to me.
And the whole tiki thing.

This is part of the reason I started this thread to show the many Kahiki items that where made
over the years and who made them, and to highlight the early Kahiki art types that put their
heart into the Kahiki they built.

I must admit that I was hoping to get more people adding things to this thread over the years
so all could see an odd Kahiki thing never before seen.

Add what you can when you can and pay it forward.




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Posted: 2015-05-03 05:07 am   Permalink

Keep up the good work Skip. Your thread is one of the reasons that I signed up to TC ten years ago and threads like yours make me stick around. These places would be a hollow memory with only dusty artifacts and faded postcards to reminds us of how great they were without people as dedicated as you. You have taken the time and put in the effort to tell the stories of the many folks who have given so much to make the Kahiki a legend in its own time and one that still rings true today. These tiki temples may have fallen and their idols cast down and relegated to flea market fodder but the stories are still told and retold because of folks like yourself. Thanks
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-05-03 7:33 pm   Permalink

Thank you trav!
You definitely add to TC.

Love your bomb posts and your miniature tiki huts you make.
You are one of the "others who I did not note here"

Keep posting and adding to TC as nobody would watch a TV channel with
nothing but commercials, and the same would be of a TC that is nothing but adds
for what folks maybe trying to sell.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-07-17 2:52 pm   Permalink

Just did a search on Kahiki and really was trying to find right spelling for
Michael Tsao.

BUT it was hard to find him, page after page no Michael Tsao.
One of the reasons I started this thread was it seemed like Lee Henry and Bill Sapp
were not the names you found when you did a search on Kahiki.
The founders were put in the back seat or not even talked about when Kahiki came up.

NOW, The script has flipped and you no see Michael Tsao in a Kahiki search.

I don't dislike the Tsaos but felt this was wrong back then.



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Posted: 2015-09-28 8:53 pm   Permalink

Leland W. Henry Jr.

1930 - 2015 Obituary Condolences

Leland W. Henry Jr. Obituary
Henry, Jr. Leland W. Henry, Jr., 85, passed away on September 22, 2015, having lived an exceptionally full life. He was born on May 9, 1930 to Helen (Anderson) and Leland W. Henry Sr. Leland Sr. died shortly thereafter. Subsequently, Helen married a widower, Loren M. Berry, who had four children. Lee was forever grateful for such a loving stepfather, and stepsiblings, Loren Murphy Berry Jr., Martha Berry Fraim, John W. Berry, and Elizabeth Fox Gray, who all preceded him in death. Lee is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; daughters, Lauren Henry (Ron Boysen), Karen Helmick (Jeff), Dawn Webber (Brian); grandsons, Keegan Webber and Joel Helmick; sisters-in-law, Augusta Mansfield and Marilynn Berry; as well as many nieces and nephews. Lee graduated from Oakwood High School in Dayton. Following his graduation from OSU, Lee embarked on a career in the restaurant business with Bill Sapp, starting The Top Steak House in 1955, The Kahiki in 1961, and The Wine Cellar in 1972. In 1960 Lee married Marilyn Mansfield and they enjoyed 54 magical, fun filled years together. For a father of three girls, having only grandsons was a new adventure that he embraced whole-heartedly by sharing with them his love of cars, photography, and all things Apple. Throughout his life, there was no curiosity or interest he did not pursue. He was a runner before running was cool. He earned his multi-engine and instrument pilot licenses early in life, was a scuba diver, skier, bicyclist, exercise enthusiast, and avid sailor. He and Marilyn loved to travel and enjoyed showing their daughters the world. Always the optimist, Lee lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed everyone he met, never met a stranger, and to the end was interested in other people. Lee's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the MICU at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, who gave him the best possible care and showed immense kindness. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2015 at SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 East State St., where family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Interment to take place at a later date in Ketchum, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lettuce Work, PO Box 217, New Albany, OH 43054 or OSU Wexner Medical Center (MICU), 660 Ackerman Road, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218 (checks payable to: OSU Foundation). To share memories or condolences, please visit
www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Sept. 27 to Oct. 9, 2015
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?n=leland-w-henry&pid=175943891&fhid=8702#sthash.rt3ZzBoY.dpuf
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2015-09-28 9:44 pm   Permalink

Here is a great history on Lee Henry written by his nephew, John Fraim.

http://greathousestories.com/2015/09/28/lee-henry/

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-09-29 06:07 am   Permalink

That is a great article!
I can remember hearing some of this from way back when I was very young.
My Dad had a restaurant right around the corner from the Union downtown, Small Fry restaurant on state street.


Thanks for adding that.
I thought I saw that the same person that wrote this (John Fraim) was going to do a book
on the Kahiki as well.
Here's hoping that John Fraim is working on a Kahiki book!


 
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Posted: 2015-09-29 06:17 am   Permalink

Here is the article from Imbibe magazine 2014.

Henry and Sapp went
researching, traveling west to
visit Don the Beachcomber in Los
Angeles, then to San Francisco to
check out Trader Vic’s. In 1957, Lee
and their chief designer headed to
the newly opened Mai Kai in Fort
Lauderdale, where—posing as
tourists—they took snapshots and
pocketed menus.


“One of the luckiest places as a young man in Ohio during the
‘60s was to be sitting across from a beautiful girl at the Kahiki,” writes
John Fraim, Lee Henry’s nephew, and an author of a forthcoming
book about the Kahiki. “Both participants [were] in some modern
type of alchemical reunion it seemed. But a few of the drinks at the
Kahiki in those years would do this to you.”
Ah, yes—the drinks.
John Fraim

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/539f4a4fe4b06c9050b2dd53/t/54075d33e4b0d617570f235f/1409768755640/SO14_BehindTheBar.pdf


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Posted: 2015-10-14 4:30 pm   Permalink

Had a funny/sad thing happen at the Greater Columbus Antique mall the other day.

We were walking out and my wife saw a Kahiki creamer sitting in a box and asked "how much is that?"

They told her it was sold, there is a person who told them to save everything Kahiki
and call them first and they would buy it.

Really? tiki pig.
Sad thing is I bet I know this person.

I may not have bought it, but it's nice to think you got a shot at SOME find every now and then.

Bad Karma coming to you tiki pig.


 
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Posted: 2015-10-16 06:07 am   Permalink

Hi Skip. I know that all of the antique shops and malls in my area keep spiral notebooks with names of collectors in them. One mall I know of has a full notebook with folks who collect various items that they will hold for them and then give them a call. Even the local thrift stores have people that hold items for collectors before they hit the shelf. I'm not on a list but still manage to find some good stuff now and then.
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Posted: 2015-10-16 06:39 am   Permalink

I did know that some of them put all tiki and other stuff straight to eBay.
Not that big a tiki collector at this point in time really.
Only buy when the item is very low price.

You know I liked that show American Pickers but when they start that "it will go to a good home"
Or the "I love it"
First the home it will go to is the first guy who pays them double or more for it.
The guy could actually be HOMELESS and get said item.
Second he loves the fact that they bought it so low that they are going to make a killing
on it.

Still find some other cool stuff.
The hunt is the fun part.


 
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Posted: 2015-12-03 3:08 pm   Permalink

Not tiki, Kinda Kahiki related.
So here it is..


Kahiki owner’s son to open ramen restaurant on Lane Avenue.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/12/01/1201-on-restaurants-kahiki-owners-son-to-open-ramen-restaurant.html

Fukuryu Ramen on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington will be similar to the sleek design seen here at the original Fukuryu restaurant in Melbourne, Australia.
By Gary Seman Jr.
For The Dispatch • Monday November 30, 2015 11:26 AM
1456 52 1630
Jeff Tsao recalls some sage advice his father, a former Kahiki owner Michael Tsao, gave him.

“My father told me straight up you should never open a restaurant — the hours, the demands on your time. He regretted having to spend so much time away from his family.”

He decided to follow in his father's footsteps anyway.

Tsao, also a Kahiki Supper Club alumnus, will open Fukuryu Ramen in a burgeoning dining cluster near the Shops at Lane Avenue.

>> Photos: Memories of the Kahiki Supper Club

The restaurant, whose name roughly translates to the lucky dragon in Japanese, will take over 1,400 square feet of space at 1600 Lane Ave., next to Hudson 29. A mid-January opening is planned.

It’s a follow-up to the original Fukuryu (pronounced foo-kur-yoo) in Melbourne, Australia, offering a sleek design using concrete, stainless steel and wood.

“Our concept in Australia is very similar to what we’re going to be doing here,” said owner Tsao, whose experience also includes having been part of the Kahiki prepared-foods business based in Gahanna. “It’s a modern, urban dining space. It’s going to be on the loud side.”

As the name would suggest, the restaurant will specialize in ramen, the traditional Japanese noodle soup. All will feature homemade broths — tonkotsu (pork), shio (salt), shoyu (soy) and miso (soy paste) — and various toppings.

Other Japanese-inspired ramen dishes include the Red Dragon, containing spicy chili peppers, and the Black Dragon, featuring a swarthy stock made with squid ink, black sesame seed paste and a solitary black meatball.

The rest of the menu will consists of rice bowls, curry dishes and items found in an izakaya, or pub – Japanese salads, chicken karaage (fried chicken nuggets) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). Fukuryu will have a cold case in front so customers can grab items to go.

Some details haven’t been worked out, such as the pricing structure. But Tsao wants it to be affordable enough to attract customers there multiple times a week.

He said the goal is to bring the casual dining of Japan to a wider audience.

“There’s nothing fancy about it,” he said. “It just warms the soul. It makes you feel good.”

Tsao said Fukuryu’s ramen is an experience in aromas, textures and flavors.

“The way I can best explain it is our flavors are very bold,” he said. “You’re going to experience ramen the way it’s supposed to be in Japan.”

Noodles will be made locally by the International Noodle Co. on the North Side, which also supplies the Kahiki Foods with its egg-roll skins.

Tsao’s initial restaurant training came as a dishwasher at the Kahiki Supper Club, a long-celebrated Polynesian restaurant located on the East Side of Columbus. It closed in 2000 after nearly 40 years in business.

Tsao’s late father, one of several owners in its long history, bought the restaurant in 1988. Seven years later, he founded Kahiki Frozen Foods, now known as Kahiki Foods. Abarta, a Pittsburgh-based company, bought most shares in the Kahiki in 2007 but it remained in Gahanna.

Tsao, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and earned a bachelor’s and MBA at Ohio State University, worked in the hospitality business but returned to the Kahiki where he worked for a period of time as director of research and development.

Tsao left in 2012 to join a business group that established a chain of ramen restaurants in Japan and Indonesia. The group financed Fukuryu, which opened last year in Melbourne. He said expansion plans are on hold in Australia.


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Posted: 2015-12-04 04:25 am   Permalink

This also. 12/4/2015

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/11/30/son-to-replace-alice-tsao-on-kahiki-board.html

Son to replace Alice Tsao on board of Kahiki Foods

Kahiki Foods makes and sells frozen Asian foods from a facility in Gahanna.
Kahiki Foods has announced that Jeff Tsao will replace his mother, Alice Tsao, on the company’s board of directors.

Alice Tsao had been associated with the company, which now makes and sells frozen Asian foods, for 37 years.

The Tsao family has been a part of Kahiki for many years. Michael and Alice Tsao owned and operated the Kahiki restaurant for 22 years.

In 2007, several years after closing the restaurant and starting a frozen-food business, Alice Tsao sold a majority interest in Kahiki to ABARTA, a family-owned company based in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Tsao is a former director of research and development for Kahiki.


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Posted: 2015-12-11 02:23 am   Permalink

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