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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2009-06-19 11:27 am   Permalink

Aloha dusctycajun,

Nice pictures!!!!!

Is that Lundy Nelson in the above photo with the ukulele?

If not, do you have any pictures of Lundy? I would love to see them.

Cheers and Mahalo,
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2009-06-19 3:56 pm   Permalink

Back to the past...

As many of you saw at Hukilau, the Big Barney West tiki in the Mai Kai gardens finally surcame to the ravages of time (and bugs and water). On either Monday or Tuesday the big guy fell in the middle of the night. There is a picture out there of the fallen idol, but someone (wink, wink) needs to post it. If you saw the tiki recently you know that it was in really bad shape. Well the maintenance guys quickly proceeded to chop it into manageable pieces and tossed him into the dumpster!! The Mai Kai quickly responded to the empty space in the garden by reaching into their warehouse and retrieving one of their buried treasures.



This tiki is one of their originals and is pictured in one of the original artists renderings (in the BOT). The current theory is that the tiki had a bird that was attached to its head and somehow the bird broke off taking parts of the head with it. It was removed and stored for several decades to be resurrected this past week.

Got archive pictures? Please post if you have anything! I need an original image of this tiki. Please help.


 
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2009-06-20 2:29 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-19 15:56, AlohaStation wrote:
Back to the past...

As many of you saw at Hukilau, the Big Barney West tiki in the Mai Kai gardens finally surcame to the ravages of time (and bugs and water).



one of the concierge fellows in the blazers told us that someone had stubbed out a cigarette in the tiki and a small fire had resulted. of course, this may be pure b.s....


 
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Koolau
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Posted: 2009-06-20 3:10 pm   Permalink

You're talking about this tiki, right?




I'm still trying to get my head around this:

Quote:
Well the maintenance guys quickly proceeded to chop it into manageable pieces and tossed him into the dumpster!!



That was an iconic tiki carved by Barney fricken West - how does it get cut up and tossed into a dumpster? In 2009? By the Mai Kai no less.

My rational brain understands it was probably rotten, spongy and termite eaten, but I've seen posts on this board of people putting huge efforts into restoring old rotten tikis that didn't have any known history. How can that tiki just have been thrown away? Unbelievable.



 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2009-06-21 08:26 am   Permalink

No, he's talking about a different image from old calendars. I have the image he is talking about on my other computer. It is similar. A skinny winged thing. I'll get it up here soon.
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2009-06-21 10:54 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-20 15:10, Koolau wrote:
You're talking about this tiki, right?




No, that guy is still there.



This is the guy that went down just before Hukilau:



Time and the South Florida Weather have been unkind to him. And the termites didn't help. I looked down into what was left of his feet, it was really amazing he didn't come down sooner.

We had some rather gusty winds the week before Hukilau and it was too much for him. He fell over backwards, went through a section of fence and hit the ground pretty hard. Kind of like in the movies where they pour the liquid nitrogen over somebody and then they break into a billion tiny pieces.... that gives you an idea. Apparently there weren't too many bits big enough to really do anything with.

And, since the Mai Kai was about to host all of the visitors in town for the Hukilau, they scrambled through the warehouse and found this guy:

Quote:

On 2009-06-19 15:56, AlohaStation wrote:



To stand in for the fallen tiki. The fence was patched and some plants added so everyone could still have their picture taken with the Tiki's.


 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2009-06-21 10:59 am   Permalink

And no... the new guy in the gardens is not the "Bird Head Tiki" from the BOT or the original renderings:




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wplugger
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Posted: 2009-06-22 04:52 am   Permalink

Poor Barney
R.I.P.



I think I've seen pics of the new guy in the Molakai
Back in the day. I'd seen it in the wharehse & it was
there because it had been damaged. He gad something
behind his head, indicated by a slot back there.
If I had a pic I could try & replace what ever it was.


 
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twitch
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Posted: 2009-06-22 05:31 am   Permalink

Yuck! Tiki-gore!
Poor guy...


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2009-06-22 08:09 am   Permalink

The tiki that went up in his place used to be on the endcap in the Surf Bar (Pre-Molokai). There is a postcard of this tiki from the day complete with a few of those famous pineapple stools in view.

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2009-06-22 10:01 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-22 08:09, Basement Kahuna wrote:
The tiki that went up in his place used to be on the endcap in the Surf Bar (Pre-Molokai). There is a postcard of this tiki from the day complete with a few of those famous pineapple stools in view.


Yep. That's it!


And I think there is a sketch in a calendar. Still looking.


I was under the impression the head was destroyed. Heck, that's salvagable. Wish I had known.

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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2009-06-22 11:10 am   Permalink

Now we're cooking with Solar Power!! I really need a representation of the headpiece, please. Is there a date on that photo/card?

I was told that the maintenance guys trampled (especially the face) what was left as they cleaned it up almost immediately. We ALL would have loved to salvage him but to the Mai-Kai's credit they did clean it up before most folks even realized what happened. Most of us on this site would have preferred a different course of action - coulda, woulda, shoulda - its done. From what I understand he didn't all go in the dumpster??


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2009-06-22 5:42 pm   Permalink

Aha!
June 1974

I knew I'd seen it. Not much help repairing it though.
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wplugger
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Posted: 2009-06-23 04:11 am   Permalink

I don't think the one pictured in the Molokai is the same one
in the garden now. The garden one is 14 ft tall & has 3 feet in the ground. The one in the Molokai looks to be 9 foot or so.


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-06-24 4:50 pm   Permalink

This has got to be an ultra rare mug, The cocktail is the Orbit Drink. I want one of these, hell I want the drink recipe. The caption with the picture says.


"Waitress in Mai Kai restaurant serving Orbit Drink in honor of John H. Glenn's space flight. January 1 1962"







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