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The Aku-Aku in Las Vegas
JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-01-05 10:03 pm   Permalink

Well the Aku Aku Shield and Spear sign might be lost but at least they salvaged the "STARDUST" signage.

Here's a picture that I took. Pretty cool, huh?



 
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Trader Bob
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Posted: 2010-01-06 1:03 pm   Permalink

Great story!
Although I never got to see the place in its heyday at least I now know about it and its history! What a wonderful place post war America must have been. When are they going to invent a time machine so I can go back and see all these places.
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-01-06 1:36 pm   Permalink

I found this. It belongs here....



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-07 11:57 am   Permalink

Ha, what an irony! The Tiki under the neon sign, rented for this film set from Oceanic Arts, originally stood at the upstairs entrance to the Sahara Don The Beachcomber in Las Vegas! Was that shot actually in the movie?

 
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SilverLine
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Posted: 2010-03-09 6:26 pm   Permalink

The story goes that this "Tiki" came from the Stardust (Aku Aku) in Vegas. There seems to have been LOTS of stuff in the Aku Aku, so I guess it's possible.

It's about 5'10" tall and Witco-ish (Witcoesque?) in materials but not really in style. Anybody ever see this guy before (or something like it)?



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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-03-09 6:55 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-03-09 18:26, SilverLine wrote:
The story goes that this "Tiki" came from the Stardust (Aku Aku) in Vegas. There seems to have been LOTS of stuff in the Aku Aku, so I guess it's possible.

It's about 5'10" tall and Witco-ish (Witcoesque?) in materials but not really in style. Anybody ever see this guy before (or something like it)?





Nice! Looks like it could be one of these figures. Maybe? I messed around with the photo in an earlier post. Looks like it was also meant to be seen from both side as the figures in the photo. I think you may have the real thing there.



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Posted: 2010-03-09 7:03 pm   Permalink

Also note the mounting hole through the head. The figures in the photo look to have been mounted to the overhead beam the same way.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-03-09 7:21 pm   Permalink

Trav,

Nice research, looks like a match to me.

Silverline, where did you find those bad boys?

DC


 
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SilverLine
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Posted: 2010-03-09 7:46 pm   Permalink

Good eyes Uncle Trav! That makes sense since he won't stand on his own. How weird is that!
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SilverLine
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Posted: 2010-03-09 8:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-09 19:21, Dustycajun wrote:
Silverline, where did you find those bad boys?

DC



There's only the one (that I know of) and it's in a friend's warehouse.

Did OA do this sort of thing?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-03-09 10:06 pm   Permalink

Wow, amazing that one of these surfaced!

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=1845&forum=1&vpost=445339

That might mean that others could have survived and are sitting in storage somewhere.
It is less slick looking than I would have suspected from icebear's photo, that's why it doesn't look like O.A. work to me. I'm not sure who did it, the use of these Moai Papa has no comparison in Tiki history!

Man what would I give for a good photo of these at the Aku Aku.


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aquarj
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Posted: 2010-03-17 11:01 pm   Permalink

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?



No idea how this jibes with the other entrance photo posted by Sabu on page 6.

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On 2009-09-11 21:19, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:



They kinda look like completely different entrances. Clearly the people in Sabu's image are sartorially suited for an earlier time.

-Randy

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-04-04 09:31 am   Permalink

I was looking at some Stardust/Aku Aku photos on Flikr and posted previously by icebaer69 finally figured out the transition of the front of the casino and restaurant.

These early aerial shots shows the original layout with the Stardust sign in front of the casino and the old shield and spear sign and Eli Moai in front of the Aku Aku.








These photos show the scene after the remodel. The front of the casino was actually extended straight across to cover up the Aku Aku building and a new Stardust marquee sign was built where the old Aku Aku shield sign and Moai were located.







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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2010-04-04 09:42 am   Permalink

Great detective work, as usual DC. It blows me away to see the Stardust with nothing but desert behind it. The landscape of Vegas has changed just a bit since then.

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2010-04-05 9:16 pm   Permalink

Why so many cars at the drive in theatre in the day time???

SWAP MEET!!!!!!!

OK, I think it's really for the rodeo or horse show. Whatever. A guy can dream.
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