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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 1317
Posted: 2007-05-30 11:41 am   Permalink

The Trade Winds restaurant watching Don Ho in 1964. It was like traveling to a far off place , the polynesian floor review, rain storms, lagoon with the floating boat. I had been to Trader Vic's, Bamboo Room, Aku Aku, Don the Beachcomber's and other places many times as a child and I loved them all but my favorite place will always be the Trade Winds as it was a true theme resaurant inside and out.

Life is a state of mind

[ This Message was edited by: Ojaitimo 2007-05-30 11:43 ]

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 11, 2006
Posts: 816
From: SoCal
Posted: 2007-05-30 12:50 pm   Permalink

Too easy

The Waikiki Room at the Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis in the late 60's.
As a little kid I would get to go here once a year with my family and I always ordered the pressed duck.
Dining out was a big thing back then and to a kid this place was thousands of miles away from Minnesota.
Too bad I wasn't able to partake of the drinks back then


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1434
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-05-30 2:50 pm   Permalink

I'll cheat and say: Southern California, 1960. Most of the grand tiki locations were around at that time, as well as a few bandwagon places. Must have been cool.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1107
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2007-05-30 6:11 pm   Permalink

I've got a few, for different reasons...

The Lanai - San Mateo, CA
Never saw it, but I'm fascinated by it and envy those who did. I wanna see the diorama that changes from day to night.

Tahitian Terrace - Disneyland, CA
I've only got memories from the dinner show there, indelibly stamped on my wide-open adolescent eyeballs. I still have a shell necklace from a show there. Would love to see it in person again.

The Reef - Long Beach, CA
I'd like to see it before the TWO fires they had there. The modern incarnation has the Luau Room, but I wanna go back and see the original atmosphere. And taste a "Reef" cocktail at a time when the bartenders still knew how to make their own signature drink.

Barefoot Bar - Hawaii
I wanna set the time machine to a very precise destination, putting me on the spot right during the filming of the scene in the Hawaii Five-O pilot movie.

Tiki Bob's and Skipper Kent's - SF, CA
Wanna take a picture with the original Tiki Bob, and drink out of a Skipper Kent moai.

The original Hinky Dinks
Not sure how it was on atmosphere, but I'd just be really curious to see what it was like to hang out there.


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Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2617
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-05-30 8:19 pm   Permalink


On 2007-05-30 09:19, Bora Boris wrote:
I'm going to pick the original Don The Beachcomber's on McCadden Place the day Victor Bergeron came in for inspiration.

Compared to Vic I was a little under-dressed but next to Donn I felt pretty good.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1784
From: Orlando
Posted: 2007-05-31 10:08 am   Permalink


On 2007-05-30 11:19, Humuhumu wrote:
And then, as often happens, my mind turns to the Mai Kai... ah... the Mai Kai. Yes, I think I'd like to go back to the Mai Kai, when it was really hoppin'. When it was full of people out for a fine night on the town, dressed to he nines, with Johnny Carson at his regular table, and nary a t-shirted tourist in sight.

Ah... we are of one mind. That's exactly where my time machine is headed. In fact, let's dial it back to about 1960 and have a seat at the surfboard bar. We'll all laugh at how small the place looks before the additions that are to come later and how quiet this end of town is. And the ladies will have their hair all piled up high. And look, isn't that Mireille Thornton and Louise (soon-to-be-Kern's-Mom) Mattei over there getting ready to dance? Aren't they beautiful. Bartender, another Jet Pilot please. I'm not leaving this stool.

Whoosh... fast forward to today and the traffic is a lot worse getting here and the darn tourists in their shorts and flip-flops at such a fine place as this. But you know, it's still here. And the place looks great. And look, there's Mireille Thornton standing over there. Isn't she beautiful.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 23, 2006
Posts: 464
From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2007-06-02 10:31 am   Permalink

I would like to go back to 1944 (two whole years before I was born). . .and be sitting at the Oakland bar next to Trader Vic as he created the Mai Tai! I know I'd have asked if I could try one.
I bet you feel more like you do now now than you did when you came in.


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DJ Terence Gunn
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 20, 2005
Posts: 250
Posted: 2007-06-02 11:37 am   Permalink

I'd go back to The Shell Bar in Waikiki in 1956, on that fateful night when Martin Denny and his boys were playing Les Baxter's 'Quiet Village' (before they began adding bird calls to their musical repertoire) and the frogs behind the stage croaked all the way through the song, and stopped croaking abruptly when the song ended. The band then repeated the song and added bird calls as an amusement and accompaniment to the frogs' croaking.

An open-air, exotic atmosphere under the stars, with tropical libations before they were corrupted, and live Exotica music in the making. Lovely! My time machine ticket, please!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 05, 2004
Posts: 214
From: Ventura, Ca
Posted: 2007-06-08 9:58 pm   Permalink

The Tradewinds would be cool if only......I wonder if they made a good Mai Tai?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 08, 2004
Posts: 301
Posted: 2007-06-11 11:08 pm   Permalink

I would love to go back to Hawaii when I was 9 years old with my family and seeing Don Ho as well as The Society of Seven in concert. The only disappointment I had was my family not taking enough pictures and my father not saving his 1970's aloha shirts. Oh, I also loved going to Kono Hawaii near my house. Sad to see it gone.



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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2720
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-12-05 10:32 pm   Permalink


On 2007-05-30 02:50, bigbrotiki wrote:
You had to ask! That's a good one. I am sorry, but I have a whole list:

In order of desirability (all in the early 60s, when these where really hopping):

1.) The Luau in Beverly Hills
2.) Ren Clark's Polynesian Village
(...and then I myself could take that headhunter mug photo of you, Alice, and make sure it's lit perfectly )
3.) The Lanai in San Mateo
4.) The original Kona Kai in Philadelphia
5.) Aloha Jhoe's in Palm Springs
6.) Tiki Gardens in Florida
7.) The original Kon Tiki (Ports) in Montreal, Chicago and Dallas
8.) Kapu Kai in Rancho Cucamonga
9.) Hawaiian Village in Tampa
10.) South Pacific in Hallandale
11.) Kon Tiki Hotel in Phoenix
12.) Zamboanga in L.A. (in the early 50s)
13.) Zombie Vilage in Oakland
14.) Hawaii Kai in N.Y.
15.) The Islander in Stockton
16.) Mauna Loa in Mexico City
17.) Makai Lounge at the Mar Vista Bowl
18.) Christian's Hut on Balboa Island
19.) The Beachcomber at the Mayfair Hotel, London
20.) ...and perhaps, just maybe, the pool at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago, ca. 1967

...and so on!

Places I was fortunate to have been to, and would go again and again, but would now need a time machine to do so :

1.) Kahiki in Columbus
2.) Tahitian Lanai in Waikiki
3.) The Tikis in Lake Elsinore
4.) The Islands in San Diego
5.) Tiburon Tommy's near S.F.
6.) Trader Vic's San Francisco (on Cosmo Place), Chicago, and Portland
7.) Chin Tiki in Detroit (gone now or not?)

Some of the few precious places still in existence that truly FEEL like you stepped into a time machine:

1.) Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale
2.) Hala Kahiki in Chicago
3.) Tiki Ti in L.A.
4.) Tonga Room in S.F.
5.) Trader Vic's in Munich and Atlanta

Sorry for going nuts like this, but I really do wanna go to ALL.....however, I encourage you to continue with specific and individual phantasies like Vern's on this thread, that's very evocative.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2007-05-30 03:56 ]

I'm really fascinated by the Bigbro's Top 20 Wish List here so I decided to bump it.

I am curious as to why Ren Clark's place has such a prominent ranking. Aside from the highly collectible mug, what made this short lived place so special ?? There's very little historic visual documentation to indicate a sense of Tiki grandeur.

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