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The Aku-Aku in Las Vegas
christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-04-13 06:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-17 23:01, aquarj wrote:
Nice to see more info in this thread.

Quote:

On 2009-01-23 17:44, icebaer69 wrote:
pictures from vintagevegas showing:
"Aku Aku -
Polynesian cuisine in an exotic island atmosphere"




Here's another, wider angle showing a little more of that entrance. Interesting also that it's not exactly the same photo at the same moment as icebaer's. It's about a half a tick later. And btw, anyone know the story on those tikis?









Is this the model for the Purple Orchid Tiki logo?


 
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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2010-04-14 8:23 pm   Permalink

for your consideration ....



 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2010-04-14 8:49 pm   Permalink

love the Art In America cover

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-04-28 4:30 pm   Permalink

I scored a couple of new postcards from the Aku Aku at the Stardust.

Here is an aerial photo showing the restaurant building.




This one is really cool with a full night-time shot of the neon sign in all its glory.



You can see the other smaller Aku Aku sign lit up in the background by the A-Frame entrance. Love the brooding Moai glowing under the sign.



DC


 
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icebaer69
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Posted: 2010-05-11 10:34 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-06 20:03, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
... But today ask any native of Las Vegas what's the best seafood restaurant in Las Vegas (as well as the best steakhouse) and they'll tell you its the Stardust's Moby Dick ...


just saw an old episode of VEGAS ... dan tanna making a phonecall -
in the background a neon sign "... polynesian food ... moby dick ..."


 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2010-05-13 09:38 am   Permalink






A few yards of fabric that would make a neat dress shirt with a nice representation of the Aku Aku sign, The Stardust hotel and Las Vegas with a slight western theme.


 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2010-05-13 6:49 pm   Permalink

Sooo, is this available?
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On 2010-05-13 09:38, naugatiki wrote:





A few yards of fabric that would make a neat dress shirt with a nice representation of the Aku Aku sign, The Stardust hotel and Las Vegas with a slight western theme.



 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2010-06-17 3:00 pm   Permalink

While scanning in some of my parent's old slides, I came across this one:



Taken by my Dad in 1959. The Stardust opened in July 1958 and the Aku Aku opened in 1960. This shot was also interesting to me because on the sign:



... The Surfers, one of my favorites, were playing!



During this time period in Vegas, my folks were staying out til dawn and watching acts like Louis Prima and Keely Smith at The Sahara. It just doesn't get any better than that.


 
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Matterhorn1959
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Posted: 2010-06-29 06:07 am   Permalink

Just posted this on my photo blog:

Stardust photo folder front cover.


Interior image of couple at a table inside the Aku-Aku. Note mugs on table.


Check out the blog Corner Cafe Images (http://cornercafeimages.blogspot.com/)


 
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TikiPug
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Posted: 2010-07-01 09:04 am   Permalink

It's amazing by pure chance, I live down the street from the moai form the Aku Aku
_________________
Vegas BABY!


 
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Tiki Shaker
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Posted: 2010-08-14 12:14 pm   Permalink

Aku Aku Platter.





 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-08-16 5:18 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-08-14 12:14, Tiki Shaker wrote:
Aku Aku Platter.







Nice!


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-09-15 10:32 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-04-13 06:41, christiki295 wrote:
Quote:

On 2010-03-17 23:01, aquarj wrote:
Nice to see more info in this thread.

Quote:

On 2009-01-23 17:44, icebaer69 wrote:
pictures from vintagevegas showing:
"Aku Aku -
Polynesian cuisine in an exotic island atmosphere"




Here's another, wider angle showing a little more of that entrance. Interesting also that it's not exactly the same photo at the same moment as icebaer's. It's about a half a tick later. And btw, anyone know the story on those tikis?









Is this the model for the Purple Orchid Tiki logo?



I think it is the basis for the Purple Orchid's signature Tiki.




 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-10-20 5:55 pm   Permalink

I finally found one of the early menus from the Aku Aku. It has a nice wood-grained cover.



Not as sexy as the illustrated cover, but a nice artifact no the less.

Here is the drink list, some interesting names.



Here is the story of the back of the menu.



And a nod to Edward Brownlee who carved the Tikis for the Aku Aku.




DC


 
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CincyTikiCraig
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2010-10-20 8:09 pm   Permalink

Dusty, that menu is one hell of a find, thanks for posting the pictures. Beachbum Berry has stated that the Stardust hired none other than Don The Beachcomber to design the Aku-Aku's drinks menu. He published the recipe for the Zombie that Don designed for them in Remixed. It is my favourite zombie recipe of all time.

 
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