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Big Sam's goodbye Party on Sat. 27th - Buffet Sold Out! RSVP if Interested in seeing the Show Only.
Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3441
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-27 2:19 pm   Permalink

WoooHoooo! The following people are in for Sam's Goodbye Party Tonight:
Remember, $35.00 includes dinner and the BIG SHOW (Children 12 and under $17)!!! Show only $13:

Baxdog & Sara
Bamboo Boyd & Tiki-Tina
Betty Bleu + 1
Bigtikidude + 5
Bongofury + 1
Brajevic + 1
Copelands: Jim & Sue
Cyntiki & Bealza-Elvis
Doctor Z & Pandora
English, John
Frias: Jim & Susan
Forbes: Doug & Mrs.
Gilhooley + 4 SHOW ONLY!!
Glascow Tiki Shakers (3)
Godess-sun + 3
Hakalugi + 5
HB Kahuna
Hauoli Tiki & Mr.
Isotiki + 1
John Paul
Johnny Velour & Lady Velour
Kirby & Polly
KIng Kukulele + 1 + 2 kids
Krustiki & Ookoo Lady
Larry Lava & Mrs.
Lounge Lizard + 1
Luckydesigns + 3
Magdalino: John & Carrie
Mean Gene + 5 + 2 kids
MT Kahuna + 4
Polynesiac + 1
Polynesian Pop + 1
Riseborough, Jill & Lance Pakala *Show Only
Ruiz, Tony
Shakatiki & Wahine
Shawn, Mike + 1
Soccer Tiki & WooHooWahine
Spermwhale & Whalerider
Stentiki + 1 + Seema:Show Only
Tigerjimmy + (1 Show Only)
Tigerlily + 2
Tiki Diablo + 1
Tikisan + 1
Tom Slick + 1
Tsunami Shanna
Unga Bunga
Dead-ed65 + 2 Show Only!!

The Buffet is Completely Filled!! There are still a FEW, Show Only Tickets available.

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Tom Slick
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Joined: Aug 26, 2005
Posts: 1092
From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2006-05-27 2:35 pm   Permalink

Hey polynesiac, great job on the necklace design, I want to personally thank you for your time and effort, as well as Sabu and Jeff and Wahoo, for making this spontaneous event happen! Thanks guys, and I only hope I am able to get my hands on 2 of Polynesiacs works! Good job once again to everyone involved(including people I had forgot to mention!)See you all there tonight!
(I can't wait!!!!!!!!!) haha

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3441
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-27 3:26 pm   Permalink

WOOOOHOOOO! The countdown has begun.... See you in 1 hour

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Feb 24, 2005
Posts: 1948
From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-05-27 3:55 pm   Permalink

We (WooHooWahine & I) are off the computer!!!! Do not reply and expect a response tonight!!!!! Just show up for the event of the month and take your chances for a damned good time!!!

SAM'S R.I.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 5
From: los angeles
Posted: 2006-05-27 8:59 pm   Permalink

I know I am a little late on this topic but I just got off the phone with 2 of the rudest people I have ever spoke to in my life. the first one was a women from Sams who hung up on me after asking if Sams was really closing and then when I called back the "manager" screamed at me and told me I was nosy after I asked him what the last day was that I could enjoy the restaurant. I told him I just wanted to know what day they were closing so I could come in to eat one last time and he screamed " I don't know if we are closing, it's a change of ownership in the beginning of June I don't know if we are closing!!!!!" Never mind the rudeness...does this mean there is any hope of it staying open??? someone please say yes.

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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7918
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-05-27 9:04 pm   Permalink

Went for a bit with the Boo Tribe this eve.

It was nice to see everyone, again!!!

Mahalos for da beers Unga Bunga! ( car should be comfy!!)

(Not quite sure if they are closing or what? Rumors are flying everywhere. Couldn't get a straight answer out of any of them.)


Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Tiki No,etc....

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Tom Slick
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Joined: Aug 26, 2005
Posts: 1092
From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2006-05-28 12:45 am   Permalink

It was great meeting you BambooBen,
This goes to T.C.'r "iloveshaveice", there was a topic maybe you should have read regarding the closing/change of ownership of Sam's. You must understand there is a delicate path to be asking "When is your last day at work" to the employees, especially since some of them just found out recently by tiki central users. I don't think the employees you were talking to were being rude to you directly, but maybe felt infringed upon you asking when is their last day at work. It's just common courtesy in approaching such matters/topics as this. Not your fault, but just becareful how you word things to people who may take things personal.

Which brings me to something that bothered me tonight. Some people, over 30 "flaked" out on the dinner tonight at Sams, which to me is totally irresponsible and wrong. I don't mean to vent, but I'm sure the people who put their money up front to secure the food, and renting the hidden village(don't forget the security deposit) for everyone here at TikiCentral messageboard will mention this, so I'll do it for them. For those of you who posted "count me in + 1,2,3.. or however many persons" you were going to take and didn't bother to show up, or send anyone in charge of the event a PM notifying them that you were unable to make it(you know who you are), realize this:
It was based on $35 a person including the 34 or so people who didnt bother to make it. That would equate to OVER $1,000 that the people who put this on, came out of their own pocket. It's not fair to them, and totally inappropriate and disrespectful. The head count done in this thread was to secure enough food for everyone, and price was based on that headcount. Now I'm not talking about the few people that did make contact via PM's or said in this thread that they couldn't make it tonight, they did the right thing and notified. So next time someone plans out an event and needs a headcount, please don't say "Count me in" when you are not sure about making the event itself. I'm sorry if this post came off harsh, but sometimes you have to let people know straight how it is, and i think our hosts for this evening are "too nice" of folks to put it out there like me...BLUNT and to the point. I maybe a newer poster here, but my morals and word is old school....Don't commit when you won't.

Ok, now that that is aired out there, on to the good stuff. It was a great evening with 100 or so tiki centralites grogin' it up listening to the sounds of The King Kukulele hosting the show and auction while giving Danny(Tiki Diablo) a hard time. The Glasgow Tiki-Shakers played some really cool tiki/surf music , and The Martini Kings loungin' it up exotica style always a good act to catch. The food was good, and the drinks were even better, and the music just tied it all together. Sams "Hidden Village" had a killer feel to it with the puffer fish lights,the lit nautical glass balls, and the water falls trickling in the background. My hats off to Tim,Wahoo,Soccertiki?(working the door),Jeff, and everyone else who stepped up to the plate to make this night a memorable one for the books! Special thanks to all the artists/vendors who took time out of their busy schedules to make/donate gifts out of love for the scene and made it that much more special!
Thanks again for a great evening,
-Tom Slick

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 05, 2005
Posts: 157
From: Seal Beach, Cal
Posted: 2006-05-28 08:22 am   Permalink

iloveshaveice> I was sitting in the bar when you called...The man you talked to is Tommy the owner...and the woman was his wife of 42 years...In all the time I have been going there, I have never seen him that pissed off...Your call was the one that finally put him over the edge on this issue. You were not the first to ask, just the unfortunate one that unleashed his frustration.

Here is what he said right after he hung up...

"I keep telling these &@#$% people that Sam's is NOT closing and I'm !@#$% tired of it"

Sam's will remain open, just under new ownership...Due to HB building restrictions, they won't be able to tear it down and build condos, stores or offices or anything else. Long live Sam's.

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Joined: May 28, 2006
Posts: 0
Posted: 2006-05-28 09:06 am   Permalink

I love checking in on tikicentral to see the shitty way you guys talk to eachother.It was really nice the way you guys all treated the guy from HALE TIKI after he closed his place(go read the post).

I'm sure this post will get deleted,but,like mr. Slick! said,You have to be honest and tell people.

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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3441
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-28 09:24 am   Permalink

WOOOOHOOOOOO! Mucho Mahalo to Everyone who came to Sam's last night. What a Tiki-rrific Night it turned out to be

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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
Posts: 779
Posted: 2006-05-28 09:32 am   Permalink

What a great time we had last night! Huge thanks to Sabu and Bigtikidude for organizing the event, to Soccer Tiki and WoohooWahine for taking charge of reservations and selling tickets, to the performers King Kukulele, Tiki Shakers, and Martini Kings for putting on a great show, to the generous people from Munktiki, Tiki Farm, Falling Cocos, and Tiki Diablo for donating the door prizes, and to the management of Sam's Seafood for creating and perpetuating this fabulous tiki establishment! I am sure there are more people who also stepped up to the plate to make this happen.

We feel so lucky to be able to go to events like this.

Here are a few photos:

Shecky came with me for a visit to Sam's

Mean Gene shows off a Tiki Oasis bar glass

Shecky hangs with a buddy

Checking in with Soccer Tiki and Woohoo Wahine

Polynesiac selling the ultra cool commemorative pendants

Bongofury has his money ready!

Kick the Reverb got his!

King Kukulele creates a puppet show

I got one for me and one for Krustiki

Laney wore her fabulous vintage Enchanted Tiki Room dress

Hanging out in the bar

The Tiki Shakers performing in the magical Hidden Village

The Velours enjoy the show

We won the grand prize! Amazing sign made by Tiki Diablo

I hope someone got a photo of Krustiki doing his acceptance dance!


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tyger jymmy
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Joined: Apr 14, 2003
Posts: 554
From: califorina
Posted: 2006-05-28 11:26 am   Permalink

It was Greattttttt to see every one last night ,I hada Blast Dancin Cruzzin around Chattin my Wife loved it . Any ways Enjoy your Weekend everyone . Cheers Tyger

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1025
From: Redondo Beach
Posted: 2006-05-28 1:33 pm   Permalink

Whether Sam's is closing or just changing owners, something is going to change. We just don't know what yet. But thanks to government rules and red tape, it looks like Sam's is going to continue to operate in some fashion for another couple of years at least. We should schedule parties like this on a more regular basis. Who knows, hat might keep it open even longer. A great party it was! Thanks to Sabu, Bigtikidude, Soccertiki and Whoohoo for their efforts in putting this together. Thanks to Polynesiac for the comemorative pendant, and to everyone else that made the evening such a great success.

Sorry I missed brunch at King's Hawaiian, but I decided I needed sleep more.

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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2006-05-28 2:55 pm   Permalink

You guys get to have all the fun. Wish I could of made it. Thanks for thinkin' of me and givin me a call Unga, but there was no way I could pull off another roadtrip with all the poop shovelin' I am doing right now.


Stoke & Flow

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2804
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2006-05-28 3:17 pm   Permalink

We missed you at breakfast too, PiPhiRo! (Sleep is highly overrated).

I had a great time last night. It was so gratifying to see the event come together as it did. So we were a little under-booked at the buffet; On the plus side that meant that for once there was plenty of food for all (and the Mahi Mahi was just outstanding), plus some folks were just delayed and showed up safe and sound after all. We also made up for the dinner reservations by a good group of people who bought tickets later in the evening for the entertainment. In the end, we did a little better than break even, and I'll be able to send some extra money to the bands after all. Polynesiac's contribution from his pendant sales also helped make this happen.

On top of that, the management was extremely happy with our group and TC's reputation remains Sterling. That is important because it helps us when we want to book further events like this (at Sam's if Sam's does re-open under different management, or at other venues as well). A negative reputation spreads by word-of-mouth to all potential venues and makes these events tougher to put together. We did the opposite. Managers Tommy & Tony were telling me horror stories of brawls that had broken out at concerts at Sam's in the past and about being shut down by the police. We, on the other hand, policed ourselves perfectly and I could watch the management warm to us as the evening went on. At the end of the night, they were effusive in their happiness. They really liked the bands too.

I think I was happiest watching the bands perform in the Hidden Village. The waterfall with tikis behind the stage and the giant fish float lamps suspended over their heads made the absolute perfect backdrop for a surf or exotica band. I felt again like I was stepping back in time and catching a glimpse of what a Polynesian palace back in its heyday must have been like. It was magical. I think you could have knocked Tony of the Martini Kings down with a feather when he arrived during the Glasgow Tiki Shakers set and caught a glimpse of the Hidden Village in all its glory. He had a grin from ear to ear.

Both bands were outstanding. The sound system worked great (a big sticking point with me when it goes wrong), and the music filled the room nicely. Such an amazing sound from two three-piece bands! Surf, then Exotica! Holy Cow, what a nice mix! King Kukulele amazed me again by his ability to stitch a show together with his improv and comedy and uke-playing and make it flow seamlessly. The King was able to wander up to the bamboo balconies above the stage and entertain from there as well, among the folks who had those prime box seats. The raffle was a lot of fun too. Tiki Diablo's carved swordfish sign made you salivate in person to see it. I think some of the Sam's managers hit him up for custom signs of their own.

I enjoyed meeting other TC members who I hadn't met yet like Tom Slick, TikiSan, Tiki-Tina and Bamboo Boyd from Phoenix, Lounge Lizard and others. It was great catching up with Spike (LuckyDesigns). We met for the first time at Sam's over three years ago and it was bittersweet to think that we might both be there to witness its closing as well.

On that topic: Two weeks ago the managment had heard that the land was going to be developed for condos. Since then, they've heard that the new owners are unable to get permits from Huntington Beach to do the developing - at least for two years. The talk is that the new owners might re-open the restaurant under new management in the meantime to make some revenue from the land. I'm skeptical by nature, but would love to see that happen. I think it just as likely that the building could remain vacant or get bulldozed during those two years. In any case, the restaurant will close for an indeterminate amount of time while the old manager and owner retire and new management is possibly hired to replace them. There were other rumors floating around that the new owners would like to turn the restaurant into a venue for rock concerts. I have know idea of the validity of that rumor either.

The staff that has been there for over 20 years told me that back in the 70s and 80s all the rooms of the restaurant were filled every night. Nowadays, it's a few scattered patrons in the front dining room and bar each night. I bet that focused, continuous promotion could fill Sam's again, but I'm scared that we won't have the chance to see that happen.

A tremendous debt of thanks goes to WooHooWahine, Bigtikidude, & SoccerTiki for their tireless volunteer work. It couldn't have happened without them. Thanks also to the Glasgow Tiki-Shakers, the Martini Kings, and to King Kukulele who all agreed to perform on such short notice. Thanks to everyone who attended and showed support for Sam's. Thanks to Polynesiac for working feverishly over the past week to produce those sublime pendants. They did end up selling like hotcakes. Thanks to Tiki Diablo for donating his carved swordfish sign as grand prize in the raffle - I don't think I could have parted with it if I were him. Thanks to Goddess-sun and company for holding up more than their end of the dancing. Thanks to all of the folks who volunteered to help that I was unable to use. You're all great.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.



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