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Interview with Kern Mattei of the Mai Kai
Chip and Andy
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2007-11-04 1:52 pm   Permalink

Will sent us all home that weekend with homework.....

Andy spent the morning working on another one of the tikis....





 
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wplugger
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Posted: 2007-11-05 06:12 am   Permalink

I got to tell you these guys showed up like troopers.
They brought paint,brushes,beer wine & fruit. I love guests who have to knock with their elbows because their hands are full.
To top it off, they know how to paint.
I am glad to get the help. I've admitted I'm no painter, but if this restaurant gig doesn't work out for Kern he may have a future as a painter. check out this.



There are plenty more coming so we can use more painters.
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-11-05 5:54 pm   Permalink

Took this picture in Kern's office last Hukilau. Been meaning to post it in my blog, but this is a good place.

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The Mayor Of Exotica
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From: Boston
Posted: 2007-11-06 12:29 pm   Permalink

That's a great shot of Kern! He certainly looks happy and relaxed, so it must be at the end of the day.

And congrats and mahaloz to the painting team! Can't wait to see your work for myself!
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Loki
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2007-11-26 08:56 am   Permalink

Thanks to Will who also gave us some painting homework...a real sweet casted tiki. A little chiseling and fileing then Stump Grinder went to work on painting him all up. Cant wait to see him in the Gardens with his brothers where he belongs. We will deliver him to Kern this weekend.






Thanks again to Will for letting us in on this great restoration project.

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I dream of tiki
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Joined: Jan 12, 2004
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From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2008-01-01 7:11 pm   Permalink

The conflict in this thread about the color scheme is now totally moot.
Some folks took it upon themselves to mute/age Will's tikis.

See for yourself
HERE.

Will has expressed that the only tikis he'll be painting from this point forward are the ones he keeps for his own display.

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-01 7:39 pm   Permalink

Mute or moot, I will keep on harping on it, as I see it as my mission to battle the childish urge for garish Tiki painting. If they don't want to have the Mai Kai gardens look like Mexican fiesta grounds, they better stick to the earthen tones of the original tribal art. Some enthusiasts seem to have succeeded more with that, others not so.

 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-01-01 8:57 pm   Permalink

I feel a 2008 version of Lord of the Flys coming on.....

 
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Johnny Dollar
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From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2008-01-02 08:18 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-01 20:57, RevBambooBen wrote:
I feel a 2008 version of Lord of the Flys coming on.....



or clash of the titans


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TikiLaLe
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From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2008-01-02 09:09 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-01 19:39, bigbrotiki wrote:
Mute or moot, I will keep on harping on it, as I see it as my mission to battle the childish urge for garish Tiki painting. If they don't want to have the Mai Kai gardens look like Mexican fiesta grounds, they better stick to the earthen tones of the original tribal art. Some enthusiasts seem to have succeeded more with that, others not so.



:{:{:{:{:{:{:> Those with paint brushes in hand have angered thy 'Tiki God' please step away from the paint bucket and put your brush in the upright position....
Officer take them away !!!


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-02 10:20 am   Permalink

Obviously, these casts NEED to be painted, so it is not a question of IF, but HOW. Quoting Terrence Barrow again: "Harsh colors will detract from the sculptural qualities of a piece.."


(I just found this on Buzzy's last "Tiki Finds" post, and am adding it to give a little more weight to the quote above)

Yes, as opposed to Polynesian art, original Papua New Guinea carvings did use paint quite a bit, so it is not wrong to do so in that case. And it might seem ridiculous to cry "wrong!" about a pop culture that is based on fakery. But in classic midcentury Tiki style, carvers had the science of making a painted piece look ancient down to a T. Bright, glossy, monochrome painting destroys any sense of mystery the object might exude...we all WANT to believe in the dream of the lost paradise of the South Seas, helping that is the premise.

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-02 4:27 pm   Permalink

The above is meant as a general warning and reminder, and not as a personal critique of individuals and their efforts. All I try to do here on TC is continue my work in sharing my experience as a visual archaeologist, and do so by (hopefully benevolently) nudging and prodding people to SEE, and appreciate good classic and modern Tiki style, and THINK and hopefully ACT to preserve it, instead of just CONSUME. I want to be perceived as big brother Tiki, not as a Tiki god.

I am happy to say that my worries about the Mai Kai Tiki population have been put at ease by a recent p.m. It does appear that there are some sensitive souls in the group of volunteers that care for Tiki and are doing good work on the new generation of statues being churned out now, they even put considerable effort into aging the already cemented-in first generation, which apparently was not easy. I just want to say I am very grateful, and please realize that I am just an art critic in my ivory tower, not in the mosquito infested swamps of the Mai Kai jungle.


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-01-02 6:54 pm   Permalink

I do not think the browns are right. Any old piece of work will be gray. Any wood once its out in the elements is gray. Just look around the Mai Kai gardens! That looks right for something indoors, but not in the gardens.

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Howland
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From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2008-01-02 8:02 pm   Permalink

Here's a trick for you--get a graining tool from your local DIY super store--or better yet, your local art supply shop. Use a lighter color as a base (yellowish) and then apply a natural wood color brown glaze and then pull your graining tool through it--get a book on it, there are many.

Otherwise--looks great and I know you guys are having a blast!! Wish I was there!!

Here's an example--I've done this a few times before but these examples are not mine:





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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-01-03 07:31 am   Permalink

Okay, I want to make sure I don't sound like a blowhard ass here. I am all for the work you guys are doing. It does look great. I like the natural paint colors.

 
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