||Is the Islands Restaurant/Hanalei Hotel being gutted?
Joined: Apr 11, 2002
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
|Posted: 2007-03-26 10:07 pm  Permalink|
I visited the Hanalei a few times back in 1994 and 1995, as one of the first Tiki places that I actively sought out and went out of my way to explore. In fact, I went to it before Hala Kahiki or Trader Vic's here in Chicago.
This was just before the first renovation, and it still looked as Sven's pics show.
I have an awful nostalgia for this place, since I visited when Tiki was new and fresh to me, when I didn't know who carved the Tikis (who cares, they looked cool!), when I didn't realize how shitty the drinks were (who cares, they got me drunk!), when I didn't realize how fast placed like this were vanishing (who cares - it's here NOW).
I just loved the vibe and the feeling of the place, and soaked it all in, reveling in how insanely cool it was.
Those were good times.
Joined: Mar 20, 2006
|Posted: 2007-05-02 9:35 pm  Permalink|
So everybody doesn't miss the driveway this summer...
The new sign is up:
Joined: Aug 10, 2004
|Posted: 2007-05-03 11:47 am  Permalink|
can you say LAME!!!
when I was there about a month back I saw the resturaunt,
sad sad sad.
its all disappearing before our eyes.
Joined: May 01, 2006
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2007-05-09 11:33 am  Permalink|
Went a few weeks ago, the restaurant is less cool, but the fountain is still there. Here's a couple of quick pictures
You can tell the restaurant was packed on a Wednesday night at dinner time. We ate at the sushi bar.
Joined: May 26, 2006
From: Elk Grove, CA
|Posted: 2007-05-09 12:31 pm  Permalink|
I still liked the darker, more intimate Tiki/Polynesian feel to it.
Definitely will miss the Giant Clam shell water fall that was also located IN the restaurant area and of course the HANGING FISH FLOAT LIGHTS
At least I was lucky enough to get to see it once....I only wish I had taken more pictures!
Joined: May 02, 2007
|Posted: 2007-05-09 10:45 pm  Permalink|
[ This Message was edited by: surffnutt3000 2007-05-14 20:47 ]