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The Leilani... Brookfield, WI
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-02-20 01:47 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-19 17:50, Maui Chimes wrote:
Big Bro Tiki,
I find it funny that you are calling the actual designer/architect "less skilled" then the other so-called "professional" rendering. What information do you have that backs that the other rendering with a helicopter pad is more professional? Are you basing this on artistic ability? Being an Engineer/Architect myself the type of image that was posted earlier today seems more in line with what is actually presented to a client in a design development type of application.




Well, purely based on my eye. I am a purely visual person, and I base all my work on my eye, and its experience. I trust it more than the written word.

I felt that the details in the Wiederman version, like the foliage and the background...



...are not as tightly and lovingly rendered as in the "original" version:



...so that made it look like a copy to me. So yes, I was using the term "professional" more in terms of artistic ability, and not in terms of architectural requirements.

The difference though might be heavily influenced by the medium used, the Wiederman brush work looks more like a water color, which makes detail work much harder:





And I must admit I am just acting on hunch when I call the helicopter version the original. It's based on the fact that an expansion, like those extra Motel rooms, usually FOLLOWS a smaller scale building. That theory however is nixed by the date of the Wiederman rendering being 1961. It is unlikely that the owner asked for an expansion the same year the place was built. Maybe they decided to scale the project DOWN.

That and the fact that the sign is more simple might make the Wiederman art work the original, and the postcard rendering the second version, which maybe was ordered AFTER the fact, after the place was built, with more effort spent on detail, for promotional purposes, since the Leilani owners had such big chain expansion plans for other locations.

I do spy with my little eye a copyright date in bottom right corner of the postcard above, which might clear up that question...but I don't have the postcard with me, someone who does please zoom in on that detail.

Whichever way, the find of that rendering is an incredible stroke of good luck, congrats Bail Tekey. Where did you find it? Do you have any info about where it came from, as in the person and location?


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-05-16 10:16 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

I scanned the postcard and it looks like the copyright date is 1958 - 61, but hard to tell exactly.



I would guess the postcard predated the painting. Nice score on that painting Bail Tekey.

Also grabbed some images on matchbooks that show the restaurant and motel were run be separate owners at some point.

The Giles' Leilani restaurant matchbook with a funny rendering of the Tiki that looks to be smiling.




And Harold's Leilani Motel.




DC



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-05-17 08:32 am   Permalink

That does indeed look like 1958 - 61 ! How odd, does that mean it was worked on and altered and adjusted over the years? Why then do a whole separate rendering in '61 ? Any theories anybody?

 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-07-24 3:53 pm   Permalink

While I was looking for information on “Beyond the Reef” (focused on the Ormond Beach restaurant, not Judge’s in Brookfield, WI), I ran across some information on the Leilani Supper Club and its successors. The original newspaper clippings posted by Lake Surfer are great, supplemented by additional fine research by meega and Mo-Eye, with DC doing his usual superlative job on visuals and bigbrotiki putting in some context along with others.

First, that 1983 news article on the sale of the motel from Lake Surfer also included a photo with a portion of the motel sign in the background...

The Milwaukee Journal March 2, 1983



An excerpt from that same article indicates that the Leilani Supper Club in its original incarnation ended in 1966 with a bankruptcy sale...




This 1967 article hints at the reason things went awry (high prices for big name entertainers) and indicates that the Leilani reopened at the beginning of 1967 under new management, Beefeaters Table, Inc, with a more limited scope...

The Milwaukee Sentinel January 31, 1967



Leilani Supper Club entertainers mentioned in the 1965 and 1966 gossip columns included Wayne Newton and Vic Damone.

Starting in 1970, the Leilani Restaurant started focusing on wedding receptions, according to newspaper editions of the time. Then in 1974, I ran across this ad which was the first explicit mention of Giles’ Leilani that I had run across...

The Milwaukee Sentinel August 21, 1974



This 1980 article suggests that Giles’ Leilani Restaurant was doing a great brunch business...

The Milwaukee Sentinel January 19, 1980





To survive, this 1983 article shows that Giles’ Leilani introduced a “legal” casino in November, 1982 and renamed the business to Giles’ Leilani Fifth Season Lounge and Restaurant...

The Milwaukee Journal June 9, 1983




Seems that by 1985, Giles crossed the line on the “legal” casino...

The Milwaukee Journal October 24, 1985



And, in spite of stating that the Leilani was “a restaurant first and a casino second,” the local food critics thought otherwise...

The Milwaukee Journal November 15, 1985












This 1984 ad indicates that Giles’ Leilani still relied on the wedding reception trade...

The Milwaukee Sentinel January 18, 1984



By the end of 1987, the business had devolved to a large extent...

The Milwaukee Journal December 12, 1987





By the beginning of 1989, it looks like the Leilani was experiencing a final incarnation on its way to the wrecking ball in the 1990s...

The Milwaukee Journal January 17, 1989



-Tom
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meega
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Posted: 2011-08-08 11:46 am   Permalink

In mid-1962 the Leilani began to offer Island Dancing several nights a week and was a part of their entertainment line-up at least thru 1965.


If mid-1964 thru '65 weren't it's heyday, it was the period it promoted itself the most with live entertainment.













It looks like everything dropped off after the New Years season, with most promotions being for special occasions, banquets, and weddings. I couldn't find any evidence that those last January appearances ever took place as there were no archives for that period.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-08-09 10:34 am   Permalink

Kudos for the great research, both Tiki Tom and meega. Some of your findings aptly point at the reasons for the decline of Tiki in the late 60s:

The merciless food critic aptly mirrors the evolving tastes of Americans to who faux Polynesian Chinese food had lost its exotic thrill, and the impressive string of lounge acts at the Leilani seems like the last hurrah before the changing of the guard at the dawn of the Beatles craze. In the case of the Leilani, their fading into the sunset was even cut shorter by the 1966 bankruptcy of the venue, compared to the Aku Aku in Toledo which lasted until the LATE 60s:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=22122&forum=2&start=15

On top of a new generation with different musical tastes growing up, I believe the entertainment genre of the supper club where music and meals went together was gradually killed by the growing numbers and use of color television. More people stayed home more often. With a dwindling audience the venues could not support the cost, and the entertainers who could switched to appearances on the tube themselves.

The final devolution happened when TV-sets started appearing in bars....it now continues with invasion of the internet in the form of the I-phone, and Facebooking in bars.


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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2011-08-09 3:06 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-08-09 10:34, bigbrotiki wrote:
Kudos for the great research, both Tiki Tom and meega. Some of your findings aptly point at the reasons for the decline of Tiki in the late 60s:

The merciless food critic mirror's the evolving tastes of Americans to who faux Polynesian Chinese food had lost its exotic thrill, and the impressive string of lounge acts at the Leilani seems like the last hurrah before the changing of the guard at the dawn of the Beatles craze. In the case of the Leilani, their fading into the sunset was even cut shorter by the 1966 bankruptcy of the venue, compared to the Aku Aku in Toledo which lasted until the LATE 60s:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=22122&forum=2&start=15

On top of a new generation with different musical tastes growing up, I believe the entertainment genre of the supper club where music and meals went together was gradually killed by the growing numbers and use of color television. More people stayed home more often. With a dwindling audience the venues could not support the cost, and the entertainers who could switched to appearances on the tube themselves.

The final devolution happened when TV-sets started appearing in bars....it now continues with invasion of the internet in the form of the I-phone, and Facebooking in bars.



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Add to that,the increasing volume at which most modern music is played these days....doesn't really make for a nice, classy dinner and show experience.
When Tikiyaki do our shows that occur during dinner, we keep the fist set, aka dinner set, "low and slow" for the most part to give people a chance to dine and talk without having to yell too much over the music.
I think the dinner show, needs to make a comeback, before we all become deaf and have upset stomachs


 
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meega
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Posted: 2011-08-13 10:56 am   Permalink

Photo postcard of the Harold's Leilani Motel, Brookfield, Wisconsin



Hand written notes on back dated 11/3/1969
2 double beds $18.50 per nite
Color TV
Continental Breakfast
Indoor swimming


 
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meega
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Posted: 2011-08-13 7:30 pm   Permalink

I found this postcard going through some things. I never posted it because it was one already posted.....but the back of the card says "The NEW Leilani Motel", totes 31 air-conditioned rooms, and makes no mention of the Leilani Supper Club. The area where the Supper Club should be is wooded. This card bares a strong likeness to the Alan Wiederman illustration, but that shows the Supper Club along with added motel rooms on the other side of the restaurant. More like a rough draft of a future expansion.


The long "Village" card says "Milwaukee's Famous Suburban Motel" as if it had developed a reputation, includes the Supper Club, and says 60 air-conditioned rooms. More of a finalized design and closer to the actual layout, sans the heliport.


FYI: After re-reading the original article on page one......Alan Wiederman was the architect for the motel & supper club along with the motel's expansion. It seems likely that all three of these illustrations were, if not his, someone in that firm - medium, artists, and speed in fleshing out ideas could all account for the variations. As to the heliport east of the restaurant....after looking at the aerials I posted on page 3, it probably did exist in a less exotic "big parking lot" kind of way. It was in the plan to expand the surrounding land, but I'm not sure that was all Paul Fechner's plans, or to rely on others to invest in the "Village" concept.

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meega
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Posted: 2011-09-07 4:37 pm   Permalink

Here is an article from the September 5, 1961 Milwaukee Sentinel that mentions the August 31, 1961 opening of the Leilani Supper Club:




 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-09-07 5:52 pm   Permalink

Meega, nice capstone article for this thread.

It would have been a treat to accompany Buck Herzog as he visited that enchanting isle of Tiki 50 years ago... another epochal "bookmark" for my yet-to-be developed time machine.

-Tom


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-11-14 02:39 am   Permalink

Some newspaper clippings, this first article has been covered already by Max's earlier text.

Milwaukee Journal 10-25-1961



Leilani Ad 1961



Leilani Ad 1962

* Note how many of the room names are now different from the previous year's ad.



Milwaukee Journal 10-27-1962



Leilani Ad 1963





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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-11-14 06:37 am   Permalink

Great info and pics Dave. Thanks!!!!!



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-07-09 4:14 pm   Permalink

A few more ads from the Leilani.



This one features the old fashion Fish Fry.



And the Leilani Luau with a drink, buffet, a Hawaiian movie and entertainment all for only $4.95.



Now that's living!

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-07-16 11:10 pm   Permalink

Picked up another matchbook from the Leilani that has the Tiki shield logo for just the motel, and under the Best Western banner.



Also saw these two on the web, had not seen the one on the right with the Luau Room before.






DC


 
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