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Saw these in Downtown Philly. Are they real?
Psycho Tiki D
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From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
Posted: 2007-07-11 6:49 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-11 15:50, tikiskip wrote:
I'd say yer right.
That's why I did not press any farther.
Right now I don't have the room or the cash for them any way.
But if she said something low they would be here right now.
If you take cash then offer something kind of low they will bend.
Ya got to let them see the cash or ask if they will take cash.
They hate to let that walk out the door.



You are correct; in instance like these, cash is king! I don't even want to get started on the last two month roller coaster I have been on with trying to locate the remainders of the Stockton Islander from Pollardville. The irony is in the finality. The people who had the tikis and artifacts did not care for them at all, they only cared about the money (how much, no one knows).

More often than not, you will find these people will not walk away from cash in hand. Greed often can supersede delusions of grandeur. I honestly wish I was closer, I would find some way to rescue these artifacts. Someone needs to start a fund to preserve classic icons such as these. Anyone?

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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2007-07-11 6:50 pm   Permalink

Very cool Tiki's but not from the Kona Kai in Philly.......maybe Pub Tiki?

Below are photo's from the interior of the Kona Kai before it was taken down in '86........















 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-07-11 7:01 pm   Permalink

WOW! great photos!
I saw no tiki that looked like those there.


 
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tikimug
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From: 1217 mi. North of the Mai Kai
Posted: 2007-07-12 05:16 am   Permalink

Wow great pictures of the old Kona Kai... looks like it was right before it closed. I like the "missing" paddle, looks like a crime scene outline!


Where on South St is this store?

I don't think those tikis are from the original KK either, and I haven't seen any interior pictures of Pubtiki. But they look in great shape.
I do know that they are NOT from the recent KK revival (now closed) Kona Kai Bamboo Grill. I didn't see any tikis of that magnitude there.

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-07-12 08:00 am   Permalink

It is about half way down South street if you start from
the Art environment picture I also posted, on the other side of
the street.
Or the left side on South street if you walk with traffic.
Its kind of near the three Stooges restaurant on the other side of the street.
I would say that the tikis there look better than the pictures posted
of the Kona Kai.


 
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Digitiki
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Posted: 2007-07-12 09:42 am   Permalink

Tikinomad,
Thanks for the pics they are fantastic!!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-07-12 10:22 am   Permalink

Wow! I love TC, someone always comes through. Where the hell did you get these "insider" pics?

Yet they do not DIS-prove the theory of the origin of the Ku and Maori Tiki. The Tikis in the photos are all fixed, mounted column panels (whose blueprints, [together with Monkeyman's Marriot financial report cover photo-please find TC link]-will be in TIKI MODERN)


(B&W of page with unrelated Kon Tiki menu)

while obviously, all FREESTANDING artifacts have already been removed in the photos (even a wall-mounted, O.A.-made Easter Island paddle has been swiped). The Tiki columns at the store might come from a different place, but the Ku and Maori MIGHT still be Kona Kai Tikis.

I will ask Bob and Leroy to chime in once we have more photos.


 
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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2007-07-12 11:37 am   Permalink

What is/was this?! It is some maritime piece? It's super cool looking.


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Blue Thunder
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Posted: 2007-07-12 12:22 pm   Permalink

It's called a Binnacle they are common in marine antique stores many are reproductions. Check here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binnacle
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2007-07-12 3:13 pm   Permalink

Haole'akamai, the Binnacle is cool and was actually reproduced by Lionel.
Bigbrotiki, the pictures were given to me by a friend who helped clear out the Kona Kai before it was destroyed in 1986.
Does anyone have any interior pictures of Pub Tiki, maybe the Ku and Maori came from there?
Anyway, someone's got to rescue those fellas from south street!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-07-12 6:22 pm   Permalink

Sorry, I haven't seen any Pub Tiki interiors either, and I am not sure it was outfitted by O.A. Pub Tiki or Kona Kai, neither source can be ruled out yet.

After a place closes there usually are several phases of devolution: The dismantling of artifacts often begins with employees sneaking out anything that can "walk"...then there is an auction or sale....and only THEN comes the wrecking crew to give the place the death stab.

Sad to see those amazing waterfalls in a state of desertification. What's that lying at the foot of that one railing, mugs !? Or lamp bases? And what happened to those fine Tiki column panels, I wonder.


 
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2007-07-12 6:43 pm   Permalink

I have a few pieces from the Kona Kai including a 4 foot Tonga Pole and a wicker lamp. I'm currently using my urban archeology skills to track down more, including the Armet Davis Tiki columns!
I'll keep you posted Big Bro Tiki.......
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2007-07-12 6:56 pm   Permalink

The Wicker Lamp.......



The Tonga Pole.........




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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-07-12 9:00 pm   Permalink

Nice stuff Tikinomad. When I saw these tikis I got the feeling they were not all
from the same place.
But then I could say the same thing about the stuff I know came out of the Kahiki.
ie, it did not match.
But with different owners who knew what took place.
The 7 foot poles looked like standard OA poles.
Think Mai Kai.
I would have only wanted 4 of the 9 tikis there.
Hopefuly we can get more pics soon.
Go Matt Go!!!


 
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rugbymatt
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Posted: 2007-07-13 12:06 pm   Permalink

I have confirmed that the store will indeed be open tomorrow and am planning to depart A-town at 1000 hours on this rescue mission. I will take the obligatory $500 in cash but plan to have the plastic cavalry on alert!

Rounding off the afternoon I will head down to the new ballpark to watch the Phillies-Cardinals game at 1600.

The weather is supposed to be awesome tomorrow as well.


 
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