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Is the Islands Restaurant/Hanalei Hotel being gutted?
Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2006-11-11 7:28 pm   Permalink

My third "Tiki Road Trip" was in August, the week before Tiki Oasis (I did not know about this until after my trip was booked). Even though I was staying at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the marina district due to business the week before, I was able to spend the next week exploring some of the well known Tiki establishments I remembered from my youth and re-discovered in my adult years.

I was able to make a concerted effort to visit all of the highlights I wanted to see. I even picked up an Outrigger Pineapple Mug at an obscure antique shop close to my hotel!!

The most impressive of all (Mr. Tiki, Bali Hai, Humphreys, Trader Morts and Hanalei) was the Hanalei (Bali Hai a so very close second). After a rather long cab ride from the marina, I sat at the bar and enjoyed several Mai Tais before having dinner in the Islands. The drinks were great, the food was excellent and the post-dinner walk through the remaining areas I had not yet explored were pleasurable.

I was very impressed this establishment survived through all the years of change and adopted past business's lost treasures. I remember growing up in LA as a kid visiting my great aunt and uncle in Oceanside, we always went to San Diego and we either went to the Hanalei or Bali Hai for lunch or dinner on these excursions.

I am surprised that in light of the re-newed interest in Tiki and Polynesian culture, this is direction the management decided to go. Then again, the same masterminds in thought closed the only good Hawaiian establishment in Sacramento in favor of Italian food.

Anyway, I have old and recent memories of a wonderful place in my heart and mind and hopefully it won't change too drastically.

The Hanalei, even though it may be changed, will not die, because of TCers like us all.

Long live the Hanalei!!

Psycho Tiki D (I know I am but what are you)?


 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2006-11-12 1:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-11-11 19:28, Psycho Tiki D wrote:
My third "Tiki Road Trip" was in August, the week before Tiki Oasis.


You are in luck. You were actually a week and a year early.

Time to schedual next years tiki trip.


 
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Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2006-11-13 05:51 am   Permalink

Oh no...Something was going on the next week in Catalina. I thought it was the "Tiki Oasis". Either way, sorry I missed both and will try and attend the next one!

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kick_the_reverb
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From: Originally Israel, now Oceanside, CA
Posted: 2006-11-13 11:00 am   Permalink

I'm glad I decided to take my parents there late September when they visited here, little did I know that it was at the nick of time.

We can be furious all we want, won't help, just goes to show that we need to see everything that's available now, because we can never know if it'll be there in the future.

Ran


 
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tikipedia
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-11-13 5:49 pm   Permalink

This royaly sucks!!!! We lose the Royal Hawaiian, then Sam's Seafood, and now the Hanalei. And all within a several month timeframe.

We could have only hoped that Tiki Oasis showed the suits that Tiki is worthy. But the Jimmy Buffettization of 'tropical' decor continues to march along it's destructive and non-descript way.

What would be cool is if the decor from the Hanalei goes to restore the Bali Hai. But I doubt The Man would allow that.

Once again (and pardon my language), CRAP!!!!!!!


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Matt Reese
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Posted: 2006-11-13 7:19 pm   Permalink

This whole thing is killing me. How do we stop it?
Maybe we'll see more places like Forbidden Island start popping up and take the helm. Just such a pisser.....damn!


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2006-11-13 10:07 pm   Permalink

As I was going through some video over the weekend I came across some footage of the now defunct Isander waterfall. Thought I would take a minute and share it with ya.
Here you go:
Hanalei Hotel 06

Very sad indeed... This was one of my favorite places to visit in San Diego.
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Al-ii
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Posted: 2006-11-13 10:14 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting Randy,
Happy Birthday
Mahalo,
Al


 
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PremEx
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From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2006-11-13 11:07 pm   Permalink

Such sad news.

But Thanks for the video...even if I don't remember it ever being that smoky.


 
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Tiki Bird
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Posted: 2006-11-14 09:34 am   Permalink

Damn, i was looking forward to booking the Dragon Room for Tiki Oasis again.





 
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SoccerTiki
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From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-11-14 09:49 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-11-13 22:07, Chongolio wrote:
As I was going through some video over the weekend I came across some footage of the now defunct Isander waterfall. Thought I would take a minute and share it with ya.
Here you go:
Hanalei Hotel 06

Very sad indeed... This was one of my favorite places to visit in San Diego.




Great video!!! I wonder how many other Oasis 6 attendees will be thinking "I should have video taped the restaurant too!"????
As you stated...Thanks for the memories!


 
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Monkeyman
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2006-11-14 09:58 am   Permalink

I have hours of footage from the past oasis including Bosko's Hanalei tour in its entirety.

It has been documented and will be available for public viewing someday.


 
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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2006-11-14 11:29 am   Permalink

I'd buy that DVD.

 
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Dr.TikiMojo
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Posted: 2006-11-14 4:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-11-13 19:19, Matt Reese wrote:
This whole thing is killing me. How do we stop it?
Maybe we'll see more places like Forbidden Island start popping up and take the helm. Just such a pisser.....damn!



Matt,

While I TRULY LOVE Forbidden Island and wouldn't mind seeing more of the like, the thing we at TC need to start doing is saving the Tiki History that we have!

You asked, "How do we stop it?", I'm glad you asked!
I already posted suggestions to that question on this very thread but because of the continued worries and the fact that I've seen so many places of Tiki History disappear into memories just this year alone I am starting a new thread under General Tiki called "SAVE OUR TIKI HISTORY". I will post all the info I could gather today plus some photos of the now departed Jasmine Tree in Portland and will hope that members of TC will take it seriously enough to get involved and post what they learn.

Maybe we'll actually see that Tiki Museum idea come to light and with that many of our favorite old Tiki locations saved as HISTORICAL LANDMARKS!


 
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Sabina
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From: The Lounge of the Seven Pleasures!
Posted: 2006-11-14 7:42 pm   Permalink

I've been away from TC for a bit, this is what happens when I blink.

I'm in anguish.

Our beloved Hanalei becomes yet ANOTHER location in our photo gallery I'll have to relist as RIP- or at least changed (again) beyond any recognition. I KNEW we needed to make last year's Oasis! Damn!

OakTiki and I only got to enjoy the Islands on two trips through San Diego, but it was truely one of the most evocative 'stepping into a postcard' locales we had left. I'm heartbroken.


Fix yerself a good stiff drink, then take a looksee at what we just lost- a few pages worth of documentation we took back in May 2005-
http://www.sevenpleasures.org/gallery/Hanalei-and-Islands




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