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Waitoma Grotto - Holly, MI
Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2004-11-25 9:33 pm   Permalink

TF,

Do you remember how close that place is to Mt. Holly? I ski there at least once a year and might drop by for a bit. Might be a hoot.

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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-11-26 11:37 am   Permalink

Just caught up with this thread.

Great work Jane.

Made me nostalgic for my own 1990's obsessive research missions.

Sabu - your pics vanished... Jane's show up OK...?


 
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tikifish
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Posted: 2004-11-27 7:02 pm   Permalink

I dont really know the area, all I know was it was inbetween Detroit and Frankenmuth!

It is Holly, Michigan, I suppose you can look it up on Mapquest.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-11-27 9:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-11-25 19:35, FreakBear wrote:
I may be able to dig out a photo from its German-themed motel days. Mid 90's if I'm thinking of the right place.
-FB



That, of course, would make it an even more splendid example of Tiki devolution:

From Polynesian Paradise to German style Motel to rehab center... like a ghost town after the goldrush.

Any luck with finding pics, FB?


 
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FreakBear
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Posted: 2004-12-02 9:41 pm   Permalink

Locating the pic was amung my first thoughts this morning but somehow got lost on the way to the coffee maker. I know exactly what album it's in and possibly where it is. I'll try to get it scanned in and posted soon!

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2004-12-03 6:09 pm   Permalink

I've just fixed the links to my old postcard photos on page 1. Check em out if you haven't seen them before. I'm a little embarassed because my new camera can do so much better, so I may replace them at some time with better photos.

Also, now that I've learned a little more about the famous carvers since I first posted, I'm going to make a guess that the Roof-Moai on the first postcard are Barney West creations. They've got that signature Top-Knot. Here's a picture of his Moai at the Washington DC Trader Vic's for reference:


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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-12-03 7:02 pm   Permalink

I looked again, but I am not sure...the color and style is alike, but the size? And that all are the same size is odd, Barney carved individual pieces, these look all alike...and how would they have made it there? If there would be ONE MORE Barney West style Tiki in the interiors, it would confirm it.

But talking about white giants, that's my 1960 Buick LeSabre parked to left of the A-frame entrance! I must have been there and forgotten about it!


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2004-12-03 7:34 pm   Permalink

Bigbro - They could very well be cheaply-done reproductions by another carver. Here's a photo that Bongofury posted of the Tiki Kai in New Mexico. It has a similar Moai:


http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=4289&forum=1



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-12-03 9:50 pm   Permalink

Aaaah...of corrrse, the Tiki Kai (in Sponge Bob Crusty Crab intro voice)! What a fine establishment! Innocently introduced in Tiki News #12 through the bio of musician Freddy Baker, we find out later that this joint jumped to a DIFFERENT tune:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6600&forum=1&21

The Moai with babe on the opening page is definitely a Barney West, so is the New Guinea Bird Man Tiki...and look at the roadside sign statue in your other link (the Trader Vic logo Abelam figure) and compare it to the one on page 246 in the BOT...

..but all of this shall be revealed (including Swanky's revealing finds) in my Vitco book!


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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2004-12-04 6:55 pm   Permalink

What a great thread! Congratulations Tikifish on a grand archeological expedition. I always wanted to check to see if that place existed ever since I obtained a brochure and menu from there years ago. I recently sent Sabu a scan of the front of the brochure as well as the inside showing various pictures. Hopefully he can post this here for me as I am computer illiterate as they get. If you want these pictures Bigbro just let me know and I will send them over to you as well. God, I love this group!

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2004-12-05 02:06 am   Permalink

Jeff,

Here you go:




All I can say is WOW! I'm green with envy over that brochure. The artist rendering is wonderful. So that's A CANOE over the entrance way, and not some oriental design. That has to be one of the largest model outriggers I've seen. I wonder if it had those Marquesan tikis paddling it like the smaller versions we've seen.

Thanks for sending me those scans, Jeff. This is becoming one of the most comprehensive posts about an old Tiki location that I've ever seen. I'll try to post pics of the dinner plate soon.

Bigbro - check out the drawing of the moai on the left-hand margin of the brochure. It looks even more like a Barney West to me now. What do you think?

Sabu

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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2004-12-05 07:14 am   Permalink

Thanks alot for posting the pics Sabu. They look great!!

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-12-06 12:13 pm   Permalink

WOW! That's it, this place desrves to go down in history in MY book (literally). Yes Jeff, please send! I love the entrance rendering, but most of all, I love the text! Classic Polynesian Pop poetry!


 
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puamana
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Posted: 2004-12-06 6:27 pm   Permalink

Awesome brochure ! There's so many great images on this post... photos, postcards, menus, etc. I know I have a placemat from the Hawaiian Gardens, will post a photo soon.

 
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FreakBear
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Posted: 2004-12-06 6:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-11-25 19:35, FreakBear wrote:
I may be able to dig out a photo from its German-themed motel days. Mid 90's if I'm thinking of the right place.
-FB



I located the photo and it is not this location. There isn't even an "A" frame. Possibly first-generation "Bavarian Kitch". Sorry folks!

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