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The King Kamehameha Tiki House, Sedalia, MO (other)
8FT Tiki
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2008-02-03 2:56 pm   Permalink

Name:The King Kamehameha Tiki House
Type:other
Street:Y highway and Dresden Road
City:Sedalia
State:MO
Zip:65301
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
From the back of their vintage postcard:
The King Kamehameha Tiki House furnished in authentic Polynesian decor was built in 1964 by W.R. Parkhurst in a 60 acre privately owned park west of Sedalia, Mo. Used by civic groups and private parties, its beauty attracts many artists and photographers.



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 3:22 pm   Permalink

Verrry goot......aaaaand ??? ....Status Operational ??? :

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 3:57 pm   Permalink

This is a trip report to follow my Locating Tiki location information posted above. In this post I want to share with you the story of a newly discovered vintage tiki location. There will be many great photos in this thread. They were all taken by my good buddy Silverline and his wife Jennifer. Now the story.....

In another thread, ZuluMagoo from Denver, Co. posted a picture of a postcard from the King Kamehameha Tiki House in Sedalia Mo. (shown below).
As you look at the postcard keep in mind it is to be held vertically instead of the horizontal way most postcards are done. It has three seperate images laid out in this way: The top half is an exterior photo of the building itself. The bottom half is actually two photos side by side. Each of these feature interior views from the Tiki House.




The proximity of Sedalia to our homes in the Kansas City area being just about an hour apart made this a road trip opportunity that the three of us just couldn't pass up. In fact we couldn't even wait a week to check it out!
But before we set out to explore, we needed to gain some factual information that we could use to get us to the actual location. The postcard had no address so Mrs. Silverline researched it and found what we needed.
So arrangements were made for us to visit the Tiki House on Saturday Feb. 2nd 2008.

As our plans were coming together, ZuluMagoo added another image to the previous thread and it was an aerial or satellite image from 2007. This shot raised our hopes higher that the building was still there.

Quote:

On 2008-01-28 22:16, ZuluMagoo wrote:
I found it. I did some searching of aerial photos of Sedlia using MSN (www.maps.live.com). Here is the 2007 aerial photo.




It is located about 5 miles west of town, west of the interestion of W.16th (County Road Y) and S. Limit Avenue at the northeast corner of the intersection of Camp Branch Road/Dresden Road and County Road Y. Good Hunting.

Zulu



At 2:30 pm we arrived at the property which is now owned by the Grandson of the man who built this lovely place.
He led us to the area where the Tiki House is and all along the way we just kept saying WOW look at that, look over there, and did you see that? Finally we came into view
of the house itself. It is stunning. I'll let the pictures do the talking.







There are more photos to come. I will add them after I watch a little football game that's on today. Later, 8FT





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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-02-03 4:57 pm   Permalink

Fantastic stuff guys!!! Nothing better than a fact finding trip into uncharted tiki territory. This looks to be a great find. Can't wait to see more pics. Keep up the good work and THANKS!

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ZuluMagoo
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Posted: 2008-02-03 5:07 pm   Permalink

Great work guys! Looks like the trip was worth it. Can't wait to read about the rest of your discovery.

Zulu


 
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tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2008-02-03 6:04 pm   Permalink

8ft tease! (It's only a football game, and not a good one) - Greg (wondering how many folks it takes to make renting this place do-able)

I spoke too soon...game got better.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 7:07 pm   Permalink

YESSSSS!
Praise Tiki for out of the way places!
Praise Tiki for privately owned out of the way places!
Praise Tiki for privately owned out of the way places that have postcards made of themselves!
Praise Tiki for privately owned out of the way places that have postcards made of themselves, and the hunters and collectors that find them!
Praise Tiki for privately owned out of the way places that have postcards made of themselves, and the hunters and collectors that find them, and the intrepid explorers that feel compelled to seek these places out!
And, praise Tiki Central for bringing all these together!
Amen


 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 8:19 pm   Permalink

Well that little football game is over and now back to more important things! I have some more photos and details for you! Yes, there is a lot to see and much to discuss so lets get back to the discovery trip.
First a few more views of the outside of the Big House.




This is a shot of the back side of the house. It has a small balcony overlooking the lake.


This is a close up of the King Kamehameha figure which is above the entrance doorway.


There are two of these concrete figures, one on each side of the entrance.


A close up of a warrior figure which is one of four on this wonderful plant hanger on the path to the house. These metal figures are all over the place!!! They are on roof tops, railings posts and so on.


This little building is the bathroom hut. It is located on the mainland and is visible in the aerial phot just South and West of the path.


This is a screened in picnic hut and has a sand beach and fire pit next to it. This building is South and East of the main building in the aerial picture.

Are we having fun yet???
Next up...Interior shots!
8FT




 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 9:02 pm   Permalink

Yup! It feels like....HOME !

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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2008-02-03 9:25 pm   Permalink

I remember a previous thread talking about there being concrete statues based on Strikow decanters. Is that one?
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Posted: 2008-02-03 10:13 pm   Permalink

Fun.

 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 10:36 pm   Permalink

Are you ready to go inside? Well just a minute, I need to tell you a bit more about this impressive Mid-Western hideaway. The building and gounds were all designed and built by Mr. William Parkhurst. I hope to learn much more about him later and will share it when I can. But for now I can tell you that he passed away in the early 1990's. He had traveled to Hawaii on several occassions and sent back lots of souvenirs and art. In fact he brought home so much stuff that his wife said you need to get this stuff out of the house and that's what he did! I'm told that he used a bulldozer to dig out this massive lake and create the island upon which the Tiki House is perched. The metal work and details are what really set this place apart. And it's a good thing he chose to do it that way because exposure to the elements of more than 4 decades have caused some things to be in need of a little TLC. Sure there's some rust, rot and peeling paint but the bones are so good that these things are merely superficial blemishes. The eye of a tikiphile can see the potential of new glory days and dream of what this amazing place looked like when it was completed in the mid 60's. If you look closely at the postcard photo you will notice that the roof was originally a shake shingle type and now it is a metal one. It was necessary for preservation reasons to make this change recently and makes good sense. The eave above the door where the King Kamehameha figure is located still has the shingle type roofing. After visiting this place in person I feel like we found a real diamond in the rough. For us, the tiki starved midwesterners, we now have our own place to brag about. And the best part is: it isn't just a memory of a place that used to be here and now is a Walgreens store. Nor is it only a souvenir mug, swizzle or menu. It is real, beautiful and a fascinating legacy of the man who dreamed it into being. Okay, I hear you saying "c'mon 8FT let's go on in!" Alright, here we go.


This is the view upon entering. They have one of those huge clam shells (a real one!) which sits on a stand made of those metal warrior figures Mr. Parkhurst created.


This view is looking back at the entrance. You will notice there is a thatched roof bar on each side of the entrance. An awesome lava stone waterfall that still is in working order is on the left. You can see that there are 2 lofts in the room. One in the North end and one in the East. Both have iron staircases leading up from either side of the headhunter carving.


The beautiful accents and decor are great but I want you to notice the floor in this photo. It is all brick and is in fantastic condition. It hasn't shifted and cracked like you might expect to have happened in more than 40 years in a building that is not heated in winter.


A great view of the ceiling and peak of the roof. I am looking up at the big hanging lamp in the center. It certainly is not tiki but was dismantled and in various boxes when Mr. Parkhurst found it at a sale. It had been in a local church for many years and was removed after a fire. The lamp is powered by natural gas! Many of the metal figures in the house and on the grounds are also set up with gas lines to be able to burn their own flames resembling tiki torches. Fantastic details!!!!


This is the view from the North loft.


I love this old rootball palm tiki.(except for the fluorescent paint)It has to be ten feet tall!


Here is the closeup of the headhunter carving. Although over the years his weapon has disappeared and his earrings are needing to be put back on, it is an amazing piece of artwork. I'm in awe of this very detailed piece.

Well, for now that is all of the photos we have for you. I think Silverline and I will discuss a few more detail pictures that were taken and post them in case they may help you understand the composition of the entire place a little better.

There is much more to share and we will update this from time to time. And I know we will be going back when the weather turns more Springlike. In fact we may be helping to do a little sprucing up and I'm sure we can drop a heapin' helpin' of TLC on the place too! So,until we bring you more from "the boonies" of Missouri, here is one final photo:

Aloha from Your Tiki Central Kansas City Urban,Suburban and now Rural archeology team: Mr. and Mrs. Silverline and 8FT Tiki





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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-03 11:29 pm   Permalink

Congrats to such a successful expedition everybody! So great to see that such a place has remained intact.
Can't wait to hear more. Do they have events in there? Are there old photos of Hula-ing locals?


 
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GROG
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Posted: 2008-02-03 11:55 pm   Permalink

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for taking the trip, and the photos. Great find.



 
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Posted: 2008-02-04 08:51 am   Permalink

Great job! If I had a third thumb it would be up too.

 
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